North Beach Italian-Americans Protest Columbus Day Renaming

Feb 01, 2018 1442

BY: Nathan Falstreau

Members of San Francisco's Italian-American community gathered at City Hall yesterday to protest last week's decision by the Board of Supervisors to rename Columbus Day. The Board voted 10-1 to designate the second Monday in October as "Indigenous Peoples Day." District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who represents the historically Italian-American North Beach neighborhood, was the lone dissenting vote. 

The Coalition of Italian American Organizations (CIAO) led the protest; organizers accused District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen, who introduced the legislation, of making an "apparent back-room deal" to strip Columbus' name from the holiday. Members of CIAO said there was no outreach to the Italian-American community before the measure was passed. Additionally, members of the Muwekma Ohlone tribe were not asked to participate in discussions either, the group claimed.

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