Call to Action: Northborough, MA

The Northborough, MA Diversity and Inclusion Committee presented its final report to the Board of Selectmen recently. The committee identified immediate actions, like renaming Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

The full article can be read here:

https://www.communityadvocate.com/2022/01/30/northborough-diversity-and-inclusion-committee-shares-final-report/

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO EMAIL THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN THERE AND TELL THEM WHY THEY SHOULD SUPPORT COLUMBUS DAY AND NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST ITALIAN-AMERICANS!!


If you would like, you may use this template for your email:


Dear Northborough Selectman,

I am writing to you regarding the sponsored bill by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day as a State Holiday. There has been much misinformation circulating in the past few decades regarding the history of Christopher Columbus, and in a misguided effort to be inclusive and sensitive to all cultures, this proposal produces the opposite effect - it foments exclusion and resentment, especially among Italian-Americans, who have struggled for decades to be accepted into the American national life.

I believe Italian-Americans should be recognized and respected by not taking Columbus Day away from them as a holiday. No other group is expected to have their day merged with another group’s. It is disrespectful both to Italian Americans as well as the Native American communities. This day is not only important to Italian Americans, but has also been a proud part of America history and tradition. I urge you to not support this proposal and keep Columbus Day as is.

Very Respectfully,


The Board of Selectmen can be contacted by using this online form here: https://www.town.northborough.ma.us/user/61/contact


Or you may email them individually:

JASON PERREAULT: jperreault@town.northborough.ma.us

LESLIE RUTAN: lrutan@town.northborough.ma.us

T. SCOTT ROGERS: srogers@town.northborough.ma.us

KRISTEN P WIXTED: kwixted@town.northborough.ma.us

JULIANNE S HIRSH: jhirsh@town.northborough.ma.us





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