UPDATE: April 30, 2018
On behalf of the California Italian-American Task Force, we would like to inform you that the State Senate Bill (SB1490) to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day has been withdrawn and Columbus Day remains a State holiday for now.
I would like to thank all of the Italian-American organizations and individuals who raised their voice and took a stand to oppose the Bill. You made a difference! We can also thank the Italian-American State Senators who stood up for us and represented our voice.
We will need to stay organized and alert to defend our desire to keep a State holiday for Italian-Americans. Having a state holiday is important because it is the day we celebrate our contributions, our heritage and our history. The day we get to tell our story.
Again, thank you for your support.
ALERT! April 16, 2018:
Columbus Day in California is under attack. A Legislative Bill to support a new holiday has been introduced in the California State Senate by Senator Henry Stern to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.
Let’s save the Columbus Day holiday, observed in California and nationwide on the second of October each year by the federal government and in most states and cities across America. Don’t let them take our holiday away from us to erase our history and replace it with some one else’s holiday and history. We need a holiday to celebrate and tell our story.
Columbus is blamed for many acts of others that followed him, but the truth is that he was one of the greatest explorers in history and came here to open trade routes. Columbus Day is part of our American and Italian-American heritage. It is an American holiday celebrating immigrants to the United States and their descendants, which is most of us. Italian-Americans have adopted the holiday as their own national holiday also because Columbus was Italian by birth (Cristofero Columbo, Genoa).
Italian-Americans celebrate our heritage and rich contributions to America across our nation on Columbus Day. Its the day we and all Americans celebrate the coming to America.
The Bill comes up for hearing on