Calls for Abilene City Councilman Kyle McAlister's resignation renew this week

Calls for Abilene City Councilman Kyle McAlister's resignation over controversial Facebook comments will renew this week.

Sammy Garcia and other Hispanic community leaders are hosting a rally on Thursday called "Reject Racism: Remove Kyle McAlister."

The rally is scheduled for 5 p.m. before the city council meeting.

McAlister has asked the council to censure -- or publicly reprimand -- him at that meeting.

He has been under fire Since Jan. 8 for dozens of Facebook comments he posted from 2010 through last year that make jokes about Hispanics.

Civil rights group LULAC has called the posts racist and Mayor Williams called them offensive.

The censure vote is the first item on the council's regular agenda.

But Garcia said a censure is not enough.

“We’re going to demand he step down.," Garcia said. “We don’t feel like he can represent everyone in the City of Abilene.”

The group will also ask each city council member and Mayor Anthony Williams to also ask McAlister to step down.

“The fact that he didn’t consider (stepping down) goes to show he doesn’t really understand what he did," said Garcia.

McAlister -- who last week filed to run for re-election to his Place 5 seat -- is not expected to resign.

"You can’t start the healing process until he’s gone," Garcia said "We’re committed to making sure this issue does not go away.”

Garcia also had a message for anyone who considers making a campaign donation to McAlister.

He pointed out that those donations are public record.

“(The donors) have to be held accountable to giving someone who believes this," Garcia said..

KTXS reached out to McAlister Sunday afternoon. He said he was not aware of the rally before we told him about it.

He has not responded to our request for comment.

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