The South Windsor board of education has cut the name of Christopher Columbus from the school calendar in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day. Along with changing the name of the Oct. 11 holiday, the board also added Diwali as a day off (Nov. 4 this year). Celebrated by Hindus and people of other faiths, the holiday is meant to mark a triumph of ligh...

On behalf of the Italian-American Defense League, I am writing this petition in response to the decision of the Norwich, CT Board of Education on January 12, 2021 to adopt a 2021-2022 School Year Calendar that replaces Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The Italian-American Defense League (IADL) supports education, portrays positive stereot...

For years, the celebration of Columbus Day went on without protest in Wellesley, which has a substantial population of people of Italian-American descent. But more recently, there has been a hard-fought battle to replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day. The March 2 ballot contains a referendum on the issue. "The referendum results are to inform the...

Dear Mayor Kenney, The Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations is a coalition of the 50 largest and most influential Italian American organizations throughout our country. On behalf of all of our member organizations I write to express our collective shock and indignation concerning your insulting and divisive Executive Ord...

Philadelphia’s mayor has decided that it’s no longer acceptable to celebrate Columbus Day. The Delaware Valley has always honored its Italian-American citizens on the Sunday closest to Oct. 12 by holding a parade through the heart of South Philadelphia. I would always go, as a child, even though I lived a good part of my life in Havertown. The para...

City Councilmember Mark Squilla is opposing the city’s decision to change the designation of Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day. Mayor Jim Kenney signed the executive order on Jan. 27, which will immediately change the 2021 holiday, which falls on Oct. 11.  “I strongly support a holiday for our Indigenous peoples,” Squilla said in a lengthy st...

A resolution sponsored by Councilman Anthony Merante and Councilmember Mike Breen, Minority Leader which was initially introduced at the Yonkers City Council Rules Committee Meeting on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 and was brought to a vote at the City Council Meeting today, Tuesday, February 9, 2021. The resolution was send back to rules over a disagr...

La comunità italo-americana di Philadelphia, assieme a quella residente nel Commonwealth della Pennsylvania e negli Stati Uniti d’America, considera l’ordine esecutivo del sindaco di Philadelphia Kenney di eliminare il Giorno di  Cristoforo Colombo a Philadelphia come un obiettivo calcolato contro l'anima stessa degli italoamericani in questa nazio...

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has signed an executive order that adds a new holiday to the city calendar and changes the name of another. The changes are just one response to a series of racial justice protests. The executive order makes June 19, or Juneteenth, a city holiday until the end of the Kenney administration, in commemoration of the final...

Gary, Indiana will be replacing Columbus Day with a holiday representing the late former Mayor Richard Gordon Hatcher. The Gary Common Council approved the move on Wednesday. Hatcher, one of the first African-American mayors of a large, U.S. city, died on Dec. 13, 2019 at the age of 86. In the late 1960s, Hatcher and Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes wer...