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Urgent Action Needed: Save Columbus Day!

Dear Friends, There are still pending bills to eliminate Columbus Day at the state legislature. There is a deadline of June 30 for the bills to come out of committee in order to be voted on this year. If we can convince the chair of the committee not to take action on the bill it will die in committee and be ineligible to come up for the rest of the year! Please read the following helpful instructions on how you can reach your elected representatives and the Chair Committees. Thank you, IAA Save Columbus Day Committee You can find your state legislators by visiting this website: Also please CC the following State House leadership in your email to your legislators:

If you would like, please use the sample email below. Fill in the appropriate information and send to your Representatives and Senators. You can also phone the offices of the chairs of the committee: House Committee Chairman Tony Cabral: 617-722-2017 Senate Committee Chairman Marc Pacheco: 617-722-1551 ********************************************************************************************* SUBJECT: Bill H3191/S2027 To replace Columbus Day with IPD **Date** Dear (your State Representative), I am writing to you regarding the pending bill to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day as a State Holiday. I believe Italian-Americans should be recognized and respected by not taking Columbus Day away from them as a State 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. It is not only important to Italian Americans, but has also been a proud part of America history and tradition. 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 bill 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. As one of your voting constituents, I urge you to not support this Bill and keep Columbus Day as is. I also suggest that the day after Thanksgiving be recognized as Native American Heritage Day and that the entire month of November be Native American Heritage Month as already declared by proclamation by the Federal Government. Both groups deserve to preserve and protect their cultural heritage and it isn’t fair to take away one people’s holiday and replace it with another, especially when there are other available days appropriate for celebration. Vey Respectfully, XXXXXXX

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