Take 'Em Down NOLA plans another Jackson Square rally

'Take 'em down NOLA,' clashed with some pro-monument people during a protest Saturday.

NEW ORLEANS -- Take 'Em Down NOLA will host a rally at Jackson Square Saturday afternoon to support the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

According to a release from Take 'Em Down NOLA, the group will rally in front of the Andrew Jackson statue in the French Quarter at 1 p.m., on Oct. 29, in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Native American tribe.

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"Due to the many organizers with Take Em Down NOLA hwo support the work of our Native American brothers and sisters who are working to protect the land and water at Standing Rock, we stand in solidarity with them now," the release said.

Take 'Em Down NOLA's mission statement is to "remove all monuments, school names and street signs dedicated to White Supremacists," according to their website.

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New Orleans city leaders and community groups have been working for about two years to remove four Confederate monuments. The Andrew Jackson statue is not on the list, but Take 'Em Down NOLA hosted a rally on Sept. 24 calling for the statue's removal and threatening to take it down themselves.

"He's put up on a pedestal, the seventh president of the United States of America, the hero of the Battle of New Orleans," said Take 'Em Down NOLA organizer Malcolm Suber. "But there's a bigger story, and the bigger story is that he was a slave holder, and he was the architect of the Trail of Tears."

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