Last summer, in anticipation of a fall trip to France and northern Italy, I Googled each city I’d be visiting and “Rochester” to see if I might find local connections. “Paris” and “Avignon” produced no hits, but Googling “Genoa, Italy” turned up this Wikipedia entry: “Marco Bucci (politician).” Who, I wondered, is Marco Bucci and what is his connec...

The design for a new statue for Wooster Square in New Haven has been approved to replace the Christopher Columbus statue that was removed in 2020. The new statue that will honor Italian-American heritage was approved at a Board of Alders meeting on Monday night. The statue depicting an Italian family will be just feet away from where the Christophe...

Columbus Day is out and Indigenous groups are in when it comes to Clinton Township’s local government. The township’s Board of Trustees voted 5-1 Monday to “update all references” to the Columbus Day holiday to Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” Township Supervisor Bob Cannon voted against the measure, saying it was unfair to take away a day meant to honor...

The Board of Alders City Services and Environmental Policy committee approved a finalized plan for a new monument that will replace the previous statue of Christopher Columbus in Wooster Square park. This decision — made by the Alders on Nov. 3 — along with the detailed plan, was the culmination of over a year’s discussion following the removal of...

UNICO (Unity, Neighborliness, Integrity, Charity, and Opportunity) is celebrating 100 years in 2022, and We the Italians wants to celebrate with all our Unicans friends. This is why we are happy to welcome a past President of UNICO National, Mr. Paul Alongi, who will help us know more about this historical family of Italian Americans that has been...

"Stonebreakers" World Premiere: New doc on fights over monuments opens at Festival dei Popoli in Florence. Stonebreakers, the latest Awen Films feature documentary, will have its first public showing this Saturday, Nov. 12, at Festival dei Popoli in Florence, Italy. Please enjoy the official trailer here. We're delighted to mark this occasion at Fe...

This interview is a little different from the others, because it concerns a project that was born from the collaboration between We the Italians and Zwan, a leading Reputation Assessment company in Italy. With Davide Ippolito, the protagonist of this interview, we decided to start the Italian American Reputation Lab, which will monitor the reputati...

The proposed new "Pointing the Way to the Future" Wooster Square monument to replace the controversial Christopher Columbus statue gained a unanimous positive recommendation of a Board of Alders committee. "It's a great thing that they've done," said Dixwell, Newhallville and Prospect Hill Alder Steven Winter, D-21, just before the vote.  He point...

Despite heartened pleas from community residents and Italian heritage groups to save the Christopher Columbus statue, only two people offered to buy it from the city, and at less than 10% of its appraised value. In light of the lack of interested buyers, the city is reissuing its request for proposals, as approved by the Providence Board of Parks C...

A towering Christopher Columbus statue in Worcester has again proven to be one of the most potent political forces in the city, dividing the city council and driving hostility between local ethnic communities. The Worcester City Council Tuesday voted against having a discussion about the removal of the Washington Square monument, which stands outsi...