Allegheny County Council President Pat Catena on Tuesday called on local leaders to reconsider removing a controversial statue of Christopher Columbus from Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park. Last week, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto echoed the recommendation of the Pittsburgh Art Commission to remove the statue. He directed the statue be displayed on privat...

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Basil M. Russo, President of Italian Sons and Daughters of America — and the ISDA legal team, led by attorney George Bochetto — secured a temporary injunction in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas that will block Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto from removing the Christopher Columbus statue in Schenley Park. The Italian American community saved...

On Friday, when Mayor Bill Peduto backed the Pittsburgh Art Commission’s decision to remove the Columbus statue from Schenley Park, the Italian American community didn’t smash windows or light fires. Rather, Basil M. Russo, President of Italian Sons and Daughters of America — and the ISDA legal team led by attorney George Bochetto — secured a tempo...

The Pittsburgh Art Commission voted Wednesday to remove the Christopher Columbus statue — which has overlooked Oakland since 1958 — from Schenley Park. Italian Sons and Daughters of America has called Pittsburgh home since 1930, our organization is headquartered in this city, and we plan on vigorously fighting the decision. “ISDA will call upon May...

The Art Commission has voted to remove the Christopher Columbus statue in Schenley Park. They voted 3-0 in favor of removing the Columbus statue, which was vandalized twice this summer. It follows emotional debates between members of the Italian American community and Native Americans. The statue has stood in Oakland for more than 60 years, a symbo...

  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...

In July, Charles Geno Marsala, the President of the American Italian Federation of the Southeast and a District National Vice-President the Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA), was one of eight chosen for the 2020 Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum Grants.   The program was started by Anthony and Joseph Russo who have a cinematic r...

Amid the ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd, controversial statues across the country have been defaced, vandalized and even removed, including those of Christopher Columbus. In some states, such as New York, New Jersey and Missouri, there are calls for statues of the 15th-century explorer to be removed. The removal of these Columbus s...

Over the last 24 hours, a Christopher Columbus statue was beheaded in Boston, Mass., and a second monument was lit on fire and thrown in a lake in Richmond, Va. In Richmond, at the height of the destruction, agitators attacked a TV news photographer and ordered him to leave. Meanwhile, a growing petition demands that New York City Mayor Bill de Bla...