Austin American-Statesman – The Austin City Council will vote Thursday on a resolution that aims to prevent Confederate heritage organizations from participating in the coming Veterans Day parade.
Mayor Steve Adler is the lead sponsor of the resolution, which states that fee waivers for Veterans Day events should be reserved for ones that “honor only those who have served in the United States of America’s Armed Forces.”
Those fee waivers likely would amount to at least $20,000 in leverage the City Council could put to bear against the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post that organizes the November parade. For the Veterans Day parade and similar ones, the City Council almost always waives the fees for providing police, emergency medical services, trash collection and other city services.
Last year, waived fees for the veterans parade totaled $21,636, according to the city.
“It is blackmail from the mayor and council if you ask me,” said Terry Ayers, spokesman for Descendants of Confederate Veterans. The descendants group and the Sons of Confederate Veterans are the two Confederate heritage groups that have marched in the parade in recent years, generally dressed in replica uniforms…