To: Mayor Bill De Blasio
Tell Mayor DeBlasio: Change Columbus Day to Indigenous People's Day
Rename NYC's "Columbus Day" to Indigenous People's Day.
Why is this important?
NYC INDIGENOUS PEOPLE'S DAY CELEBRATION
THIS Sunday, October 7th, 11am
Randall's Island Park
History books misrepresent the happenstance encounter as a “discovery”. But, the reality is that Indigenous peoples throughout the Western Hemisphere had long called this land their home. Native people paid for -- and continue to pay for -- this encounter with their labor, land and lives, and the ripple effect, across continents and peoples, is reflected in the devastating history of colonization.
We continue to celebrate and acknowledge the millions of Italian Americans who have contributed immensely to US culture and history.
But, Columbus is not the hero the Italian American community deserves. The great contributions to our city by Italian American community should be represented by someone among the countless Italian Americans who fought to make life better for others.
This day should be recognized as a celebration of the strength and resiliency of indigenous cultures and peoples who survived Columbus. Native peoples are still very much present in the Americas but struggle against being erased from our history then and now.
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