Good-bye, Columbus Day. Hello, Italian Heritage Day. Starting this year, the city-recognized holiday on the second Monday in October will no longer be named after the 15th-century European explorer whom many Italian-Americans celebrated as a heroic, cultural icon, and whom critics lambasted as an enslaver of Indigenous peoples and an emblem of viol...

The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition (“IAOVC”), a nationwide coalition of anti-bias activists, secured funding for its litigation efforts defending Italian American civil rights and restoration of Columbus statues and monuments, and seeks additional financial support for other potential legal actions across the country.Recently, IAOVC filed a l...

Dopo l’esperienza di successo della Rolli Days Digital Week di maggio, i Rolli Days Ottobre 2020 tornano a proporre ai visitatori l’opportunità di entrare di persona nei Palazzi dei Rolli, Patrimonio UNESCO dal 2006, per vedere dal vivo, dal 9 all’11 ottobre, i cicli di affreschi, le collezioni pittoriche e le strepitose sculture eseguite tra il ta...

Wednesday, Sept. 23 will prove to be a pivotal moment in Pittsburgh’s history, as the city’s Art Commission will decide the fate of the 50-foot Christopher Columbus monument, which has overlooked Oakland since 1958. Click here and vote “NO ACTION” to make your voice heard, before it’s too late. The Schenley Park statue, sculpted by Italian-born Pit...

Ciao from Rome! It's September, and the vacations are over. Here at We the Italians we are preparing a surprise for the next Columbus Day, which will unite Italy and the United States online to celebrate Christopher Columbus. This year the American Columbus Day (the second Monday of October) and the Italian Columbus Day (again on October 12) coinci...

The recent controversy surrounding the taking down of varied statuary around the country in the climate of hyper-political correctness is developing a nasty tone. What is troublesome is the mob rule mentality and its vandalic approach. Rather than differentiating between right and wrong, the debate has become about ending all monuments to the past...

There will be no formal Columbus Day program in Westfield this year, organizers of the annual event said. The Westfield Italian American Club and Greater Westfield UNICO in a statement said the event’s organizers consulted with town officials and agreed to cancel the program in case there is a resurgence of COVID-19. In June, Westfield health offic...

The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition (“IAOVC”), a nationwide coalition of anti-bias activists, has filed suit in Federal US District Court against The Township of West Orange, NJ, seeking an injunction to have the Christopher Columbus statue returned to its original location. The IAOVC has been working with numerous groups and individuals acros...

The celebration of Columbus Day next month could be Hartford’s last, as a community task force is taking shape to address growing concerns about memorializing the Italian explorer. Two city councilors had sought to rename Oct. 12 as Indigenous Peoples' Day, as Bridgeport, West Hartford and other U.S. cities have done in recent years in recognitio...

The National Columbus Education Foundation has condemned the alleged theft of a Christopher Columbus statue belonging to an elderly Upper West Side, New York City, resident. According to a recent New York Post article, the purported incident took place in late June at a co-op on Riverside Drive owned by 91-year-old John Cartafalsa, who had placed t...