In Philadelphia PA, in the case of In Re: Appeal Of Friends Of Marconi Plaza [et al.], the plaintiffs in that case, said Friends of Marconi Plaza, et al., have filed an appeal in Pennsylvania Supreme Court, on behalf of the Italian American residents of Philadelphia, to resolve the fight over Philadelphia’s Christopher Columbus statue. The trial court prevented the City from removing the statue and ordered it to take down the “coffin” built around it, and the City appealed to the nine-judge Commonwealth Court, which reversed the trial court’s order. The plaintiffs now ask the seven justices of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to restore the trial court’s order to free Columbus’s statue.
Also in Philadelphia PA, WHYY Public Broadcasting System published an online op-ed article on behalf of a Marxist group called “Philadelphia Radical Italians” justifying the removal of Philadelphia’s Christopher Columbus statue based on false information about Christopher Columbus, such as that “Columbus was a man who committed acts of genocidal brutality against Indigenous peoples and enslaved Africans, considered appalling by even his contemporaries.” Philadelphia attorneys Christine Flowers, Esquire, who appeared in episode 7 of “Christopher Columbus University,” and host Robert Petrone, Esquire, coauthored a rebuttal, which WHYY has refused to print. In correspondence dated October 29, 2021, Ariella Cohen, Managing editor of WHYY “PlanPhilly,” wrote curtly to Attorney Flowers, “Please feel free to approach another platform. We do not plan to publish at this time.” The authors are indeed seeking another platform to host their article.
In Youngstown OH, Youngstown State University has decided to cut its Italian program. One young student, Jenna DeLuca, is leading a student revolution to overturn the decision. You can help their fight against the damnatio memoriae of Italian culture by signing the students’ online petition at the following website. I’ll repeat it twice so you can write down the web address. All characters are lower case in this particular address. Here we go: https://www.change.org/p/
In Boston MA, the Italian American Alliance asks all to sign their online petition to return Boston’s Christopher Columbus statue, which was criminally decapitated, to Columbus Park. I’m going to give you a 26-character website address. As always, I’ll read it twice and it is case sensitive. All but one of the characters in this web address are lower case, and I’ll tell you which one is upper case when I get to it. You can find the Italian American Alliance’s online petition to rescue their Columbus statue at: https://chng.it/yxpkdxyHvw. [read again]
Episode 6 : Dem Bones or Christopher Columbus’s DNAEpisode 8 : Christopher Columbus, Super DadEpisode 9 : Who Are the Columbus-detractors?Episode 10: Andre DiMino Talks Columbus Day in Randolph NJEpisode 11: Columbus Day, an Atonement to Italian AmericansEpisode 12: Christopher Columbus, the First Founding FatherEpisode 14: The Primary Historical SourcesEpisode 15: Arguing with Columbus-detractorsEpisode 19: Rafael Ortiz Debunks Hans KoningEpisode 20: Dunce Corner, Featuring the Caffeinated MarxistaEpisode 22: Debunking Howard ZinnEpisode 24: Martinis with Mike DiPilla of the 1492 SocietyEpisode 25: La Capitana Jody Della Barba of the 1492 SocietyEpisode 26: Decompressing After the Columbus Day FestivitiesEpisode 27: Father Joseph Kelly’s Columbus Day HomilyEpisode 28: Mark One Wolf, Guest LecturerEpisode 29: Dean’s List, Featuring Yeonmi ParkEpisode 30: Don Sabatini, Esquire, Boots on the GroundEpisode 31: Columbus the Great Governor was aired Wednesday, November 17, 2021, on Radio Voice Italia