Video: Watch entire Ypsilanti Human Relations Committee meeting May 28, 2009

May 29, 2009 by  
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The Human Relations Committee met on Thursday, May 28, 2009 and voted to ask the Ypsilanti City Council to change the name of the Ypsitucky music festival.

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Video: DTCDC Director speaks after HRC recommends name change for Ypsitucky event

May 29, 2009 by  
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Erik Dotzauer, Executive Director Depot Town Community Development Corporation, talks with reporters after the Ypsilanti Human Relations Commission meeting. The HRC had earlier passed a resolution suggesting the City Council meet with the DTCDC to change the name of the Ypsitucky Jamboree.

View letter to HRC from DTCDC from May 20, 2009.

Ypsilanti Human Relations Commission asks City Council to change name of Ypsitucky music event (Update1)

May 28, 2009 by  
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ypsituckyjamThe Ypsilanti Human Relations Commission met on Thursday evening to discuss the Ypsitucky Jamboree. Citizens had complained to the HRC in April that the word “ypsitucky” was a pejorative and offensive. The HRC held a special meeting on May 18 to hear both sides of the issue.

The HRC convened a second special meeting 10 days later to discuss the matter.

The second meeting held on Thursday, May 28 in City Council chambers opened with audience participation. Unlike the first meeting, during this second meeting no one spoke in favor of the Ypsitucky name.

The commission did hear from a number of citizens and business owners opposed to the name. There were 19 people in the audience including three reporters from the Ann Arbor News, Ypsilanti Citizen, and YpsiNews.

CDC Executive Director Erik Dotzauer and CDC Attorney Cameron Getto were in attendance. Neither spoke during audience participation.

After hearing from the public, the HRC discussed the matter for nearly 45 minutes.

The HRC then passed a resolution asking the City Council to meet with the Depot Town Community Development Corporation and change the name of the Ypsitucky Jamboree scheduled in September 2009. The HRC passed the resolution on a 6-0 vote. Board Chair Clifford Larkins was not at the meeting.

The HRC also said if the DTCDC rejects the name change, the City Council should exercise their oversight powers under the contract with the CDC.

Read the complete HRC resolution.

Update1: June 3, 2009 Clarified story to indicate the HRC held two special meetings on the 18th and again on the 28th. At the second meeting, no one spoke in favor of the Ypsitucky name or event.