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    CHINATOWN (KABC) -- St. Peter's Italian Catholic Church in Chinatown was vandalized earlier this week with red paint and a banner that read "stop colonizing our land.""I really am hurt by seeing the church vandalized," said church member Stephen Saletros.Activists and members of the church held a press conference to voice their concerns about the vandalism."It's a slap in the face to Italians and it's a hate crime," said Hands Off Columbus activist Raul Montes Jr.LAPD said no arrests have been made. But they say it's being investigated as a hate crime."This is a house of worship of God. I mean, if you start attacking this what's the next phase," said Hands Off Columbus activist Frank Coconate.The vandalism appears to be linked to Monday's holidays marking Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples' Day.Columbus' arrival brought on colonialism which led to natives losing their land and suffering atrocities.Several cities across the country have removed monuments honoring Columbus.The priest said a similar act of vandalism took place here on the same week last year.There's no surveillance footage from the day of the vandalism...
    Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was absent Monday as a surge of flight delays snarled travel in the South over the Columbus Day weekend. Southwest Airlines canceled more than 2,300 flights over the three-day federal holiday weekend, citing limited staffing and bad weather. An electronic flight departure board displays ‘cancelled’ status’s for all Flybe flights due to have taken-off from Exeter Airport in Exeter, south-west England on March 5, 2020, following the news that the airline had collapsed into bankruptcy. – British regional airline Flybe crashed into bankruptcy Thursday after the deadly coronavirus proved to be the final nail in its coffin. The biggest operator of UK domestic flights said it has sunk into administration — a last-ditch process aimed at salvaging at least some of the company. (Photo by GEOFF CADDICK / AFP) (Photo by GEOFF CADDICK/AFP via Getty Images) The Department of Transportation did not reply to a request for comment from Breitbart News on Monday about Buttigieg’s response to the crisis or about where he spent the weekend. But Buttigieg’s Twitter account shared a message promoting Indigenous Peoples’...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The in-person Columbus Day Parade returned to New York City Monday, and like every year -- no matter if there's an election -- the event was heavy on the politics.This year, with Election Day just three weeks away, Republican mayoral candidate for Curtis Sliwa marched, but his Democratic opponent, Eric Adams, did not.Rep. Tom Suozzi, who is considering a challenge to Governor Kathy Hochul, was asked how the new leader of New York was doing."I think she's doing a very good job responding to the different emergencies we face in the state," he said.ALSO READ | Dr. Fauci says fine to trick-or-treat this year as COVID-19 cases declineEMBED More News Videos Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN's "State of the Union" that it's an important time of year for children, so "go out there" and "enjoy it." He didn't have the same praise at the prospect of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio running for that office."I don't think he would do a good job at that," he said.All politicians at the parade acknowledged that...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Today, the country recognizes a federal holiday filled with controversy. It’s Christopher Columbus Day, or as more and more people are calling it now, Indigenous People’s Day. The statue of Christopher Columbus in Schenley Park remains wrapped in plastic amid an ongoing legal battle about what should happen to it. (Photo Credit: Chris Hoffman) The City of Pittsburgh’s Art Commission voted for the statue to be removed because of Columbus’ history of torture. The Italian Sons and Daughters of America have argued against the removal of the statue, saying that the statue represents Italian-American history. A judge has asked the two sides to come to a compromise. The Italian Sons and Daughters offered for a Native American statue to be placed nearby, and the city said no. Over the weekend, groups protested the annual Columbus Day parade in Bloomfield, calling for an end of celebrating Columbus. “There is a long and problematic history with celebrating Columbus Day,” said Ben Orr. On Friday, President Joe Biden issued the first Presidential Proclamation of Indigenous People’s Day. Activists say efforts to...
    More On: curtis sliwa City GOP candidates demand probe of de Blasio and wife over $1B ThriveNYC Watch: Curtis Sliwa buzzes Sheldon Silver, tells freed ex-pol, ‘you belong back in jail’ Curtis Sliwa promises Thrive investigation if elected Curtis Sliwa vows to end animal ‘kill’ shelters in NYC if elected mayor There was no cherry atop the cake mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa and a group of Italian-American city leaders brought to Gracie Mansion for Mayor De Blasio’s 60th birthday. Instead, the Guardian Angels founder’s dessert was adorned with a 10-pound meatball, “for the biggest meatball in New York City.” Sliwa and Italian-American leaders from Bay Ridge are angry about the cancellation of Columbus Day in city schools and blame De Blasio. But Hizzoner insisted last week that he and Schools Chancellor Meisha Ross Porter were blindsided by the city Department of Education’s move to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day. “We are outraged that De Blasio is claiming he had no knowledge of it and is blaming it on on [former DOE chief] Richard Carranza,” Sliwa said. “Since...
    More On: columbus day Rep. Suozzi says NYC schools chief must reveal how Columbus Day got canceled Gov. Cuomo calls de Blasio’s Columbus Day cancellation ‘destructive’ NYC schools try to save face with ‘Italian Heritage Day’ after dumping Columbus Day NYC schools nix Columbus for ‘Indigenous’ Day, add Juneteenth as holiday A state lawmaker — outraged by the de Blasio administration’s canceling of Columbus Day as a school holiday — is introducing a bill to restore the explorer to the New York City school calendar by rescinding the re-labeling to “Italian Heritage Day/Indigenous Peoples Day.” “It is being drafted. Hopefully ready for submission next week,” said state Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island). He said the proposed law is “likely to read along the lines of: ‘Columbus Day required to be one of the days included with official school holidays and remembrance.'” Italian-American elected officials are furious that the de Blasio administration blindsided them by removing Columbus Day from the school calendar. There was no input or consultation with the Italian American community. De Blasio himself said Wednesday it was...
    New York City's public school system has eliminated the Columbus Day holiday, replacing it with 'Italian Heritage Day/Indigenous People's Day' while also adding Juneteenth as a school holiday for the first time.  On Tuesday morning, the city's Department of Education posted the 2021-22 school calendar online without fanfare, replacing Columbus Day on October 11 with Indigenous People's Day. After backlash from the city's Italian American leaders, the calendar was taken offline on Tuesday evening, and re-posted with the holiday changed to 'Italian Heritage Day/Indigenous People's Day.'  'City Hall wants Italian Heritage Day and Indigenous People's Day so no one is left out,' Mayor Bill de Blasio's spokesman told the New York Post.  New York City's public school system has eliminated the Columbus Day holiday, replacing it with 'Italian Heritage Day/Indigenous People's Day'. Mayor Bill de Blasio is seen above  People attend the annual Columbus Day Parade in New York in 2019. The annual event celebrates the day that Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas in 1492 Asked whether City Hall had been aware of the decision to wipe Columbus Day...
    More On: columbus day Bill de Blasio excluded from Columbus Day festivities Mother Cabrini statue dedicated in Battery Park Joe Biden celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Columbus Day How Columbus Day became Indigenous Peoples’ Day in over 130 US cities New York City schools have quietly canceled the Columbus Day holiday, replacing it with an Indigenous Peoples’ Day, while also making Juneteenth a school holiday and getting rid of snow days altogether. The city Department of Education called Oct. 11 “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” in the 2021-2022 calendar it posted on its website Tuesday, flagging the beginning and end dates for the school year as well as winter and spring recesses but not the big changes within in a tweet. The move officially cancels for school kid recognition what remains a federal, state and city holiday on the second Monday in October — although the Indigenous Peoples’ holiday will give students and teachers the same day off. In another first, the schools will be closed on June 20 in observation of Juneteenth, which celebrates the day in 1865 that...
    The NYPD is still guarding monuments of Christopher Columbus 24/7 across New York City as a Republican council member has said they must be protected from 'psychotic leftists' wanting to tear them down over 'a 400-year-old historical squabble'. Police vehicles and barricades were still visible around at least five monuments in Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx and Queens this week around nine months after officers first set up guard around monuments amid racial justice protests.  It is not clear how much the round the clock protection for the statues is costing the Big Apple but it comes as New York state is grappling with a $15 billion budget deficit. Statues, flags and displays of Confederate or racist symbols and historical figures have been taken down or toppled across America in recent months, amid widespread protests calling for an end to systemic racism following the death of black man George Floyd.  An officer stands guard at the Christopher Columbus statue at Columbus Circle in Manhattan on Friday. Monuments across NYC have been guarded 24/7 for nine months Some of the police vehicles in...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — More than 1,000 Ohio National Guard members have now been activated to head to Washington in preparations for anticipated armed protests ahead of Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Friday. The request came from the U.S. National Guard Bureau on Thursday night, DeWine said. The governor previously authorized more than 700 Guard members for service in Washington. DeWine has also authorized 580 National Guard members to provide security around the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus through Wednesday, where they’re expected to be joined by numerous Columbus police officers and troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Also on Friday, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther announced the closure of a number of city government buildings downtown, including City Hall, on Tuesday and Wednesday. The buildings will all be closed on Monday because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. “In the coming days, we will not allow hate, violence and destruction to constitute our city,” Ginther said during a briefing. “Hate has no place in Columbus or these United States of America.” The mayor, along with...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13/AP) — Columbus Day was celebrated across California on Monday. But with cities like Berkeley, Santa Cruz, Richmond, and Sebastapol, calling it Indigenous Peoples Day, you have to wonder how long its title “Columbus Day” will remain in Sacramento. Across the country, there have been calls to change the name of the holiday, and instead, honor a group that has often been overlooked. In light of recent protests over the killing of black people by police, the calls have grown louder. “Textbooks in our schools say Columbus discovered America, but when in essence indigenous peoples inhabited all of the Americas,” said Jonathan Nez, president of the Navajo Nation. Get the app: Download the CBS Sacramento News app for iOS and Android Indigenous leaders say the goal is to commemorate the complex history and achievements of Indigenous people. “It is reimagining this day. It’s uplifting native people. Our history is American history. It should be part of the narrative,” said Gem Shandiin Labarta, a cultural interpreter with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. A growing number of states, including...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Columbus Day was celebrated across the Tri-State Area on Monday. But across the country there have been calls to change the name of the holiday and instead honor a group that has often overlooked, CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon reported. The second Monday in October is known officially as Columbus Day. But some want the holiday to be replaced with Indigenous Peoples’ Day. “Textbooks in our schools say Columbus discovered America, but when in essence indigenous peoples inhabited all of the Americas,” said Jonathan Nez, president of the Navajo Nation. FLASHBACK: NY Assemblyman Wants To Replace Columbus Day With Indigenous Peoples Day Indigenous leaders say the goal is to commemorate the complex history and achievements of Indigenous people. “It is reimagining this day. It’s uplifting native people. Our history is American history. It should be part of the narrative,” said Gem Shandiin Labarta, cultural interpreter with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. A growing number of states, including Vermont, Maine, Louisiana, Michigan, and New Mexico have switched from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Several cities, including...
    Statues of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt were torn down in Portland last night as rioting returned to the city on the eve of Columbus Day.   In what organizers called an 'Indigenous Peoples Day of Rage', the two statues were torn down in the space of 10 minutes by protesters who toppled the monuments and defaced the plinths before smashing windows at the Historical Society.   Lincoln was condemned by protesters for the hangings of 38 Native American warriors who were executed on Lincoln's orders after an uprising in 1862 - although he reprieved hundreds of others.  Theodore Roosevelt also made an enemy of Native Americans, once saying that 'I don't go so far as to think that the only good Indians are dead Indians, but I believe nine out of 10 are.'  A statue of Theodore Roosevelt on horseback lies on the ground while his statue is defaced with a message raging at 'stolen land' in Portland last night  Abraham Lincoln's statue after it was removed from its plinth in Portland last night on what protesters called an...
              Republican Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) has cosponsored an amendment to replace Columbus Day with Juneteenth as a new federal holiday. The measure was introduced Wednesday as an amendment to Sen. John Cornyn’s (R-TX) bill to declare Juneteenth a federal holiday. Johnson is co-sponsoring the amendment with Sen. James Lankford (R-OK). Johnson claimed that his “sole motivation” for offering the amendment “is to prevent giving federal workers another paid holiday and incurring the additional cost.” “In response to a bipartisan effort to give federal workers another day of paid leave by designating Juneteenth a federal holiday, we have offered a counterproposal that does not put us further in debt,” he said in a statement posted on Twitter. “We support celebrating emancipation with a federal holiday, but believe we should eliminate a current holiday in exchange. We chose Columbus Day as a holiday that is lightly celebrated.” We support celebrating emancipation with a federal holiday, but believe we should eliminate a current holiday in exchange. We chose Columbus Day as a holiday that is lightly...
    REPUBLICAN senators have proposed making Juneteenth a federal holiday — and scrapping Columbus Day altogether. Senators James Lankford, of Oklahoma, and Ron Johnson, of Wisconsin, have made the proposal to honor June 19, which is when news that slaves were freed made its way to Texas in 1865. 6 Republican senators have proposed that Columbus Day be replaced with Juneteenth as a federal holidayCredit: AP:Associated Press The proposal would allow Columbus Day, which is observed the second Monday each October, to be replaced, so that the number of federal holidays would remain the same. “Juneteenth is a day in our history that redefined the meaning of freedom and equality in America,” Lankford said in a statement. “Throughout our history, we have strived to become a more perfect union and Juneteenth was a huge step in attaining that goal,” the senator said. “We should celebrate these strides on the federal level while remaining cognizant of the impact the existing 10 federal holidays have on federal services and local businesses.” 6 A statue of Columbus is seen here being boarded up and...
    Washington (CNN)Republican Sens. James Lankford of Oklahoma and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin are proposing to replace the federal observance of Columbus Day with Juneteenth.Unlike other measures, the new proposal would keep the number of federal holidays the same by eliminating October's Columbus Day.A bipartisan group of lawmakers in both the House and Senate have backed legislation to create Juneteenth as a federal holiday, both of which have been co-sponsored by members of the Congressional Black Caucus. House legislation by Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas enjoys a lengthy list of bipartisan co-sponsors.In a statement released Wednesday, Lankford and Johnson praise the aims of the Juneteenth legislation -- but emphasize the cost of creating another paid federal holiday without eliminating one. "In response to a bipartisan effort to give federal workers another day of paid leave by designating Juneteenth a federal holiday, we have offered a counterproposal that does not put us further in debt," said Johnson. "We support celebrating emancipation with a federal holiday, but believe we should eliminate a current holiday in exchange."Read MoreDemocratic lawmakers have long called...
    A pair of Republican senators have proposed replacing Columbus Day on the federal government’s list of official holidays with Juneteenth. Sens. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) made the proposal Wednesday as an amendment to a bill sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tx.) that would recognize Juneteenth as a federal holiday. Johnson objected to adding another day of holiday pay to the federal calendar, and viewed eliminating Columbus Day as a fair compromise. “In response to a bipartisan effort to give federal workers another day of paid leave by designating Juneteenth a federal holiday, we have offered a counterproposal that does not put us further in debt,” Johnson said in a statement Wednesday. “We support celebrating emancipation with a federal holiday, but believe we should eliminate a current holiday in exchange. We chose Columbus Day as a holiday that is lightly celebrated, and least disruptive to Americans’ schedules,” he continued. Speaking to The Hill, the Wisconsin Republican and major budget hawk said he was open to choosing another holiday to replace with Juneteenth. “I’m just saying let’s replace it...
    Republican senators are debating whether or not to replace Columbus Day with Juneteenth as a federal holiday, as part of an amendment to the bipartisan bill introduced last week.  Senator John Cornyn of Texas proposed legislation last month that would officially recognize Juneteenth, the day marking the end of slavery in the US, as a national holiday.  The bill is expected to pass in a unanimous decision, however it has been met with some resistance from fellow Republicans who say creating another federal holiday could be too costly.  Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin announced an amendment on Wednesday seeking to scrap Columbus Day as a 'counterproposal that does not put us further in debt.' Senator John Cornyn of Texas, who is sponsoring the bill, opposed scrapping Columbus Day in exchange for Juneteenth on Wednesday  Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 that the last slaves in Texas learned of the Emancipation Proclamation two years earlier. Crowds are seen celebrating the date in New York City last year 'We support celebrating emancipation with a federal holiday, but believe we should eliminate...
    Tucker Carlson went on a lengthy tear against two Republican senators proposing that Columbus Day be scrapped as a federal holiday and replaced by Juneteenth. Senators Ron Johnson and James Lankford introduced the amendment with this explanation: “In response to a bipartisan effort to give federal workers another day of paid leave by designating Juneteenth a federal holiday, we have offered a counterproposal that does not put us further in debt,” Johnson said Wednesday. “We support celebrating emancipation with a federal holiday, but believe we should eliminate a current holiday in exchange. We chose Columbus Day as a holiday that is lightly celebrated, and least disruptive to Americans’ schedules.” This proposal really set Carlson off Wednesday night, saying that Republicans are just trying to appease the “hysteria” going on around the country. Carlson said instead of standing against the people “rampag[ing] through America destroying our lture and history,” Johnson and Lankford are caving to the liberal mob. He went on to tell viewers they should let the senators know they see them “trying to cancel Columbus Day” and, referencing...
    Sens. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and James Lankford (R-OK) backed a proposal on Wednesday to replace Columbus Day with Juneteenth as a federal holiday. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) has sponsored a bipartisan bill that would make Juneteenth, a day that celebrates the end of slavery, a federal holiday. Cornyn’s bill has engendered some backlash from Republicans worried about the cost of adding another federal paid holiday. To offset the cost of adding Juneteenth as a federal holiday, Johnson proposed eliminating Columbus Day as a national holiday. He contended that few people celebrate Columbus Day, which marks Christopher Columbus’ landing in the Americas in 1492. “I’m just saying let’s replace it with something,” Johnson said. “I chose Columbus Day just because it’s probably the most lightly celebrated and less disruptive to anybody’s schedule.” Johnson added that he is “happy to celebrate the emancipation with a national holiday, but I just don’t think we should be, when we’re already blowing a hole in the budget right now, offering another paid day off for federal employees.” The Hill reported that Lankford is a cosponsor of...
    Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI), chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, and James Lankford (R-OK) have moved to swap Columbus Day, one of ten federal holidays, for Juneteenth as part of a compromise in the ongoing legislation to federally recognize the holiday. “In response to a bipartisan effort to give federal workers another day of paid leave by designating Juneteenth a federal holiday, we have offered a counterproposal that does not put us further into debt,” said Johnson in a press release. “We support celebrating emancipation with a federal holiday, but believe we should eliminate a current holiday in exchange,” said Johnson, whose office has reportedly placed the economic cost of paying federal employees for an additional holiday at $600 million per year. The amendment was filed after Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) moved to recognize Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in Texas nearly two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, as a federal holiday earlier this month. Democratic senators have also put forth a similar proposal. According to The Hill, Cornyn has pushed...
    Republican Sens. Ron Johnson and James Lankford on Wednesday introduced an amendment proposing to replace Columbus Day with Juneteenth as a new federal holiday to avoid putting the U.S. “further in debt.” Johnson, R-Wis., and Lankford, R-Okla., rolled out their proposal as an amendment to bipartisan legislation rolled out by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, last month that would make Juneteenth a federal holiday. JUNETEENTH TO BE OFFICIAL NEW YORK CITY HOLIDAY “In response to a bipartisan effort to give federal workers another day of paid leave by designating Juneteenth a federal holiday, we have offered a counterproposal that does not put us further in debt,” Johnson said Wednesday. “We support celebrating emancipation with a federal holiday, but believe we should eliminate a current holiday in exchange. We chose Columbus Day as a holiday that is lightly celebrated, and least disruptive to Americans’ schedules.” Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., has proposed replacing Columbus Day with Juneteenth as a federal holiday. According to Johnson’s office, the economic cost of a single federal holiday has been estimated to be about $600 million...
    Republican senators are debating whether Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, should replace Columbus Day on the federal government’s list of official holidays. A bipartisan bill sponsored by Sen. John CornynJohn CornynNew legislation required to secure US semiconductor leadership GOP skeptical of polling on Trump Hillicon Valley: Livestreaming service Twitch suspends Trump account | Reddit updates hate speech policy, bans subreddits including The_Donald | India bans TikTok MORE (R-Texas) to make Juneteenth a federal holiday is being held up by an internal Senate GOP squabble. Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonPostal Service boosted by increased use during pandemic: report Lawmakers introduce legislation to establish national cybersecurity director Trump, GOP clash over new round of checks MORE (R-Wis.), an outspoken budget hawk, doesn’t want to add another paid holiday to the calendar. Johnson says if Juneteenth is made a federal holiday than another paid federal holiday has to come off the schedule. He’s proposing scrapping Columbus Day but is open to eliminating another holiday instead. “I’m just saying let’s replace it with something. I...
    State Patrol officers had an unusual assignment at the State Capitol grounds in St. Paul on Wednesday as they stood guard when workers cleaned up the just toppled 10-foot statue of Christopher Columbus. It was international news as protesters also damaged or destroyed similar monuments to Columbus in Massachusetts and Virginia.  The justification for this, according to Native American activist and protest leader Mike Forcia, was an extension of demonstrations against police brutality and racial inequalities after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers on May 25. “It was the right thing to do and it was the right time to do it,” said Forcia.  Native American activists have long protested against the honoring of Columbus in any way because his four expeditions to the Americas led to colonization and genocide.  The fallen monument had been created by sculptor Carlo Brioschi and dedicated in 1931 as a gift from Italian-Americans in Minnesota. Forcia said he may be arrested as a result of the incident.  Alhambra, Spain, visit in 2010  My wife and I learned about...
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