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    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A committee formed by Mayor Lori Lightfoot to review Chicago's monuments will recommend two statues of Christopher Columbus not be returned to their old resting spots, according to reports.The statues were removed in July 2020, following protests grew out of the national outcry and protests over the murder of George Floyd and fatal police shooting of Breona Taylor.RELATED: Chicago Christopher Columbus statues in Grant Park, Little Italy removed by cityAt the time there were calls around the country for monuments depicting controversial figures like Columbus to be taken down as part of the nationwide fight for racial justice. The Grant Park statue was the focus of a protest that turned into a violent clash between Chicago police and protesters after protesters tried to tear it down.WATCH: Crews remove Christopher Columbus statue in Grant ParkEMBED More News Videos Crews remove a statue of Christopher Columbus in Grant Park Friday morning. 38th Ward Alderman Nicholas Sposato, who served on the committee, said no one has told him the report is complete.READ MORE: Mayor Lightfoot sued by lawyer claiming he...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Lori Lightfoot has now been added to a lawsuit over the removal of a Christopher Columbus statue in the Little Italy neighborhood. The statue in Arrigo Park was taken down along with others around the city at the height of unrest during the summer of 2020. READ MORE: Chicago Weather Alert: Snow Totals From Lake Effect Snowstormthe lawsuit is filed by the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans who want it put back up. They say mayor lightfoot violated a park district contract by removing them. “Through our discussions with the Park District, they made it very clear that their hands are tied because the mayor is pretty much calling the shots,” said Ron Onesti, president of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans. Onesti says the agreement with the Park District states any changes made to the statue must have written consent of the Columbus Statue Committee. READ MORE: Man Facing Drug Charges After Trying To Hide Cocaine On Shelf Of Dollar Tree Store In AlgonquinIn a move that was characterized by the mayor as...
    A statue of Christopher Columbus was found covered in red paint on Tuesday- on the anniversary of the day he arrived in America.  It was also marked with a red cross over the inscription which commemorates the life of the explorer.   The monument is in London's Belgrave Square and has stood there since 1992.  Sculptor Tomas Banuelos designed the statue to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Columbus's expedition to the New World and it is a gift from Spain's people.  Christopher Columbus's statue (pictured) was found covered in red paint on Tuesday, on the anniversary of his arrival to the Americas It was also marked with a red cross (pictured) over the inscription which commemorates the life of the explorer What is Columbus Day?  Columbus Day, the anniversary of the explorer's arrival in America, is on 11 October.  President Franklin D Roosevelt first declared a Columbus Day in 1934  It was recognised in America and other countries including Italy and Spain for some years. But many states and local governments have distanced themselves from celebrating the holiday and now choose...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Columbus Day has become a controversial holiday over the years, and, as people push to remove more of his statues, some Italian Americans are asking for more unity as they celebrate Monday."It's a day of celebration, it's a day of tradition, it's been around for over 130 years, and this is our 69th annual Columbus Day Parade, so we're very, very excited for the return," said Ron Ornesti, president of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans.It's a holiday that's now facing backlash nationwide, especially from indigenous groups.There's a clear divide between those who view the explorer as a key part of Italian American history and others who say the holiday ignores Native American culture.RELATED: Activists gather in Chicago's Little Italy to demand Christopher Columbus statues be put back"It's something all ethnic groups, all cultures, should be sharing in, as we believe Columbus opened the door to exploration in the new world, and, today, more than any other time, we need unity rather than divisiveness," Ornesti said.Ornesti and the Civic Committee of Italian Americans celebrate the holiday...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Activists upset over the removal of Christopher Columbus statues in Chicago are demanding they be returned just ahead of the Columbus holiday Monday.The group gathered in Chicago's Little Italy Sunday, calling for the statues that were removed from Grant Park, Arrigo Park, and South Chicago to be put back.RELATED: Chicago Christopher Columbus statues in Grant Park, Little Italy removed by city; some aldermen blindsided, others applauding decisionEMBED More News Videos Chicago's two Christopher Columbus statues were taken down overnight, leaving opinion sharply divided among residents. THe mayor said they were removed for public safety reasons. They say the removal of the statues is erasing Italian American history.RELATED: Italian American group sues city of Chicago for Christopher Columbus statue removalLast July, Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered the statues removed to stop tension between protesters and police, and said it would be temporary. At last check, the future of those statues is still under review.WATCH: Political analyst Laura Washington speaks on Mayor Lightfoot's decision to remove statuesEMBED More News VideosABC7 Political Analyst Laura Washington talks about Chicago removing Christopher Columbus...
    Mexico City will replace a historical statue of Christopher Columbus with a statue of an indigenous woman in an effort to acknowledge that people lived in America before it was discovered by Europeans, the city announced Monday. The statue was taken down in 2020 for restoration, but now will be relocated to a “worthy” place in the city. The new statue will take its place in the Pasa de la Reforma boulevard, according to Sky News. “Of course we recognize Columbus. But there are two visions,” Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said in a statement. “And there’s another vision from here, that in reality a European arrived in America, who made an encounter between two places, and then came the [Spanish] conquest.” Aereal view of the Angel de la Independencia monuent at Reforma Avenue in Mexico City on April 26, 2020. (ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP via Getty Images) The city’s decision echoes protests against the displaying of Columbus statues and other major historical figures in the U.S. Dozens of cities across the country have chosen to remove statues of Confederate military leaders...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Italian-Americans across Chicago came together Sunday to "pack the park" as part of Italian Unity Day.The group met in Arrigo Park, which is one of the sites where the city removed a Christopher Columbus statue last summer. Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of the removal after civil unrest.RELATED: Chicago Christopher Columbus statues in Grant Park, Little Italy removed by city; some aldermen blindsided, others applauding decisionEMBED More News Videos Chicago's two Christopher Columbus statues were taken down overnight, leaving opinion sharply divided among residents. THe mayor said they were removed for public safety reasons. The event comes a week after the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans filed a lawsuit against the city, alleging the Park District broke a nearly 50-year-old agreement that the statue at Arrigo Park wouldn't be taken down without the group's written approval. They are also demanding the city return the statue to the park."We are not asking for damages, an explanation or even an apology. We simply want the statues back where they belong, plain and simple," JCCIA President Ronald Onesti said...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- An Italian American group is filing a lawsuit over the removal of a Christopher Columbus statue in Chicago.It's been almost a year since the statue of Christopher Columbus was moved from Arrigo Park after civil unrest. Now a group wants it back.The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans said Wednesday it filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Park District to return the statue.RELATED: Chicago Christopher Columbus statues in Grant Park, Little Italy removed by city; some aldermen blindsided, others applauding decisionEMBED More News Videos Chicago's two Christopher Columbus statues were taken down overnight, leaving opinion sharply divided among residents. THe mayor said they were removed for public safety reasons. The group argues Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered the removal of three Columbus statues as a safety measure during protests. Group members believed the move was temporary, and want the statues put back.The group said the statue in Arrigo park was put there back in 1973 to honor Italian Americans, and there was a signed agreement that it would not be removed without written approval.The group plans to hold...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A lawsuit has been filed against the City of Philadelphia and Mayor Jim Kenney on behalf of several local and national Italian-American organizations. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court, is related to several incidents that took place in the city, including the toppling of the Rizzo statue, the boxing of the Christopher Columbus statue, the canceling of Columbus Day as a city holiday and the replacing of it with Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Attorneys for the plaintiffs say their lawsuit is intended to be a test case — a check and balance on the power of the mayor and his executive orders. READ MORE: Gun Violence Epidemic Has Philly Recreation Centers Implementing Extra Safety Precautions Ahead Of Summer Columbus Day changed to Indigenous People’s Day; the attempted removal of the explorer’s South Philly statue; the takedown of Frank Rizzo. They’re all points made in a freshly filed federal lawsuit claiming Mayor Kenney exceeded his authority in issuing executive orders. “It just so happens that these days we have a mayor who’s completely lost his way and is...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A lawsuit has been filed against the City of Philadelphia and Mayor Jim Kenney on behalf of several local and national Italian-American organizations. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court, is related to several incidents that took place in the city, including the toppling of the Rizzo statue, the boxing of the Christopher Columbus statue, the canceling of Columbus Day as a city holiday and the replacing of it with Indigenous Peoples’ Day. George Bochetto, the attorney filing this federal lawsuit, said this is a “power check” on Mayor Jim Kenney’s executive orders concerning the renaming of Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day. READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Philadelphia Officials To Provide COVID-19 Response Update The lawsuit seeks to void the renaming and indicates, “While both groups’ ethnicity deserve recognition, Mayor Kenney may not take action that discriminates against Italian Americans to exalt another ethnic group in its place.” The suit goes on to allege that the mayor through his executive order regarding Columbus Day violated the city’s home rule charter. South Philadelphia councilman Mark Squilla is among...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — As part of a “racial healing and historical reckoning project” that began last summer, a city advisory panel has identified more than 40 Chicago statues and monuments that could be potentially problematic, and is asking for public input to help decide their fates. Last summer, after the city removed three statues of Christopher Columbus due to at times violent protests, Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office announced a commission would review more than 500 public monuments to “provide a vehicle to address the hard truths of Chicago’s racial history, confront the ways in which that history has and has not been memorialized, and develop a framework for marking public space that elevates new ways to memorialize Chicago’s true and complete history.” RELATED: Chicago Weather: Light, Fluffy Snow In Store Overnight On Wednesday, that advisory committee published a list of 41 statues, plaques, and other monuments that are subject to “further review.” Not all of the monuments will be removed. Rather, the city is seeking public input before deciding what to do with each of them. The monuments include the three Columbus statues; as well as monuments to...
    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...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago's annual Columbus Day parade is not happening this year due to the pandemic, but one group is holding a rally Monday anyway and wants the statues of Christopher Columbus returned.The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans is holding a "Proud and Positive" rally at Arrigo Park.Several months ago, the city removed three Christopher Columbus statues, after large protests and riots erupted over his treatment indigenous people.RELATED: Chicago Christopher Columbus statues in Grant Park, Little Italy removed by city; some aldermen blindsided, others applauding decisionEMBED More News Videos Chicago's two Christopher Columbus statues were taken down overnight, leaving opinion sharply divided among residents. THe mayor said they were removed for public safety reasons. But some local Italian Americans say Columbus is a part of their history."It is a very special holiday to us Italian Americans, a generations-old tradition,' said Ron Onesti.CHICAGOANS SPLIT ON REMOVAL OF COLUMBUS STATUESEMBED More News VideosSome Chicagoans said they were glad to see the satues removed from Grant Park and Arrigo Park. For others, it was deeply painful. Onesti is the vice president...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago's annual Columbus Day parade is not happening this year due to the pandemic, but one group plans to hold a rally Monday anyway and wants the statues of Christopher Columbus returned.The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans is holding a "Proud and Positive" rally at Arrigo Park.Several months ago, the city removed three Christopher Columbus statues, after large protests and riots erupted over his treatment indigenous people.RELATED: Chicago Christopher Columbus statues in Grant Park, Little Italy removed by city; some aldermen blindsided, others applauding decisionEMBED More News Videos Chicago's two Christopher Columbus statues were taken down overnight, leaving opinion sharply divided among residents. THe mayor said they were removed for public safety reasons. But some local Italian Americans say Columbus is a part of their history."It is a very special holiday to us Italian Americans, a generations-old tradition,' said Ron Onesti.CHICAGOANS SPLIT ON REMOVAL OF COLUMBUS STATUESEMBED More News VideosSome Chicagoans said they were glad to see the satues removed from Grant Park and Arrigo Park. For others, it was deeply painful. Onesti is the vice...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Protests over the summer saw different Christopher Columbus statues in the city taken down and now, because of the pandemic, the annual Chicago parade will not take place.However, many Italian Americans in Chicago still want the day to be celebrated.The group is preparing to rally Sunday night as they ask the city for a timeline on when the Columbus statues will be returned.It has been three months since the City of Chicago took down its three Christopher Columbus statues.RELATED: Chicago Christopher Columbus statues in Grant Park, Little Italy removed by city; some aldermen blindsided, others applauding decisionEMBED More News Videos Chicago's two Christopher Columbus statues were taken down overnight, leaving opinion sharply divided among residents. THe mayor said they were removed for public safety reasons. This removal at Grant Park came in the middle of the night in July after large protests and violence erupted.The move came as groups denounced Columbus for his treatment of indigenous people.But as we approach Columbus Day Monday, the conversation continues."It is a very special holiday to us Italian Americans, a generations-old...
    At least 33 Christopher Columbus statues have been taken down or in the process of being removed since the renewed Black Lives Matter protests began in late spring, according to a count of local reports. Seeing them come down has been meaningful for Jorge Baracutei Estevez, the cacike, or chief, of the Higuayagua Taíno, a cultural group dedicated to the rescue of Taino culture and language.  "For [the statues] coming down, it's almost like a weight off my chest because it's like a validation," he told CBS News.  Protests have targeted Columbus because he is accused of the genocide of indigenous people. A 2019 study published in the journal Quaternary Science Review estimated that between 1492 and 1600, about 55 million people in the Americas died. The Taíno people were virtually wiped out in the decades after Columbus first arrived on the island of Hispaniola, where Haiti and the Dominican Republic sit today.  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Estevez, who is now a curator for the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, said the memorials to Columbus are a...
    A New York doctor is facing petit larceny charges for allegedly stealing a statue of Christopher Columbus from an elderly man in the name of social justice. Sean Morrison, 58, was seen on closed-circuit TV in late June walking through the lobby of his apartment complex and taking the statue before walking out of the building with it, according to an opinion piece in the New York Post. Later, Morrison would claim he took the statue because of George Floyd's death in May. “While not an excuse, I had had a particularly difficult day as we watched 10 patients die of COVID that afternoon on our palliative care unit and in the setting of George Floyd’s murder my emotions overcame my logical thought,” Morrison later said in an apology letter. Morrison had attempted to take the statue the night before, according to the New York Post, but was caught in the act by the 91-year-old owner of the statue, John Cartafalsa. Cartafalsa confronted Morrison, who eventually agreed to return the statue to the place it...
    CHICAGO -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot has formed a committee to review the city's monuments three weeks after ordering the removal of three statues honoring Christopher Columbus.In announcing the committee Wednesday, Lightfoot said her administration will also commission temporary public artworks that will focus on a range of topics around COVID-19, inequality and racial reconciliation.CHICAGOANS SPLIT ON REMOVAL OF COLUMBUS STATUESEMBED More News Videos Some Chicagoans said they were glad to see the satues removed from Grant Park and Arrigo Park. For others, it was deeply painful. In a statement, Lightfoot said her effort is about creating a platform to uplift the stories of the city's residents.Lightfoot ordered the removal of three statues of Columbus last month following violent protests at one statue in Grant Park and the painting of graffiti at another in the Little Italy neighborhood.
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A third statue of Christopher Columbus has been taken down in Chicago Friday morning.This statue was located in the South Chicago neighborhood.Earlier this week, 15th Ward Alderman Susan Sadlowski Garza told the Sun-Times she has been talking to city officials about taking down the statue following the removal of the Columbus statues in Grant Park and Little Italy.WATCH: Crews remove Christopher Columbus statue in Grant ParkEMBED More News Videos Crews remove a statue of Christopher Columbus in Grant Park Friday morning. ABC7 has reached out to the city for comment on the removal of the third statue.Mayor cites 'public safety concerns' in decision to remove Columbus statues in Grant Park, Little ItalyLast week, Christopher Columbus statues in Grant Park and Arrigo Park in Little Italy were removed in the middle of the night on orders from Mayor Lori Lightfoot.WATCH: Chicago police release video showing confrontation near Grant Park Columbus statue protestEMBED More News VideosPolice said the video shows a person dumping out a backpack with what appear to be frozen water bottles, which they said were then...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– There are no more Christopher Columbus statues on display in Chicago. The last statue was removed from the South Chicago neighborhood located at 92nd Street and Exchange Avenue. The 7-foot statue was removed from a fountain where it stood for more than 100 years. It was one of the first Columbus statues in the city. The removal comes after the city took down two other Columbus statues, one in Grant Park and one in the Little Italy neighborhood.
            by Jake Dima  Two Christopher Columbus statues were removed at the direction of Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Friday morning after protesters and police sparred outside the monuments last week. Crews dismantled the statues in Grant Park and Arrigo Park under the cover of darkness, and the monuments had been removed from their pedestals by 6 a.m., according to NBC 5. “The City of Chicago—at Mayor Lightfoot’s direction—has temporarily removed the Christopher Columbus statues in Grant Park and Arrigo Park until further notice,” a statement from the mayor’s office read. “This action was taken after consultation with various stakeholders. It comes in response to demonstrations that became unsafe for both protesters and police, as well as efforts by individuals to independently pull the Grant Park statue down in an extremely dangerous manner.” Statue of Christopher Columbus that drew chaotic protests in Chicagos Grant Park taken down by crews as watching crowd cheers. https://t.co/wlrfBTGESL pic.twitter.com/ccCORYnsH2 — ABC News (@ABC) July 24, 2020 Eighteen officers were injured and 12 protesters were arrested after police and demonstrators clashed near the Columbus...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Dueling rallies were held Saturday in Chicago, one supporting police, the other calling for the city to defund the police department.Hundreds of protesters met in Grant Park, calling for change. They demanded the city defund the Chicago Police Department."We are concerned that the funding of the police is given more of the attention than the people in general," one protester said.The march started at Grant Park and roamed throughout the city.Police lined the streets, helping to block off traffic, as the demonstration continued for miles."We do not care if they are here or not," the protester said. "We are non-violent; there is no reason to be intimidated."Earlier in the day, a Back the Blue protest was held to support law enforcement.RELATED: Chicago Christopher Columbus statues in Grant Park, Little Italy removed by city; some aldermen blindsided, others applauding decisionEMBED More News Videos Chicago's two Christopher Columbus statues were taken down overnight, leaving opinion sharply divided among residents. THe mayor said they were removed for public safety reasons. Those who participated called on the community to protect the...
    Two Christopher Columbus statues were removed at the direction of Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Friday morning after protesters and police sparred outside the monuments last week. Crews dismantling the two statues in both Grant Park and Arrigo Park under the cover of darkness, and the monuments had been removed from their pedestals by 6 a.m., according to NBC 5. “The City of Chicago—at Mayor Lightfoot’s direction—has temporarily removed the Christopher Columbus statues in Grant Park and Arrigo Park until further notice,” a statement from the mayor’s office read. “This action was taken after consultation with various stakeholders. It comes in response to demonstrations that became unsafe for both protesters and police, as well as efforts by individuals to independently pull the Grant Park statue down in an extremely dangerous manner.” Statue of Christopher Columbus that drew chaotic protests in Chicago’s Grant Park taken down by crews as watching crowd cheers. https://t.co/wlrfBTGESL pic.twitter.com/ccCORYnsH2 — ABC News (@ABC) July 24, 2020 Eighteen officers were injured and 12 protesters were arrested after police and demonstrators clashed near the Columbus monument...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Christopher Columbus statue in Grant Park and Little Italy have been removed Friday morning.The Grant Park statue started to come down at around 3:15 a.m. After that, it didn't take long to remove it completely.A crane had been stationed near the statue for hours near Columbus and Roosevelt and then it was carefully removed, it was loaded onto a truck and taken to an unknown location.WATCH: Crews remove Christopher Columbus statue in Grant ParkEMBED More News Videos Crews remove a statue of Christopher Columbus in Grant Park Friday morning. The Christopher Columbus statue had been covered in tarp and protected by a ring of protective fencing. A police presence remains there Friday morning.Later Friday morning around 5:30 a.m. the Columbus statue in Arrigo Park in Little Italy was also taken down.In a statement, Mayor Lori Lightfoot's office released a statement saying, "This action was taken after consultation with various stakeholders. It comes in response to demonstrations that became unsafe for both protesters and police, as well as efforts by individuals to independently pull the Grant Park statue...
    Two Christopher Columbus statues in Chicago have been removed by the city – at the direction of its mayor – "until further notice." Mayor Lori Lightfoot's office said in a statement Friday the move "is about an effort to protect public safety and to preserve a safe space for an inclusive and democratic public dialogue about our city's symbols." The statues were removed from Grant Park and Little Italy's Arrigo Park after protests, demonstrations and violent clashes with police, CBS Chicago reports. Crowds cheered overnight as the Grant Park statue was removed overnight. The statue in Little Italy was removed early Friday morning. "It comes in response to demonstrations that became unsafe for both protesters and police, as well as efforts by individuals to independently pull the Grant Park statue down in an extremely dangerous manner," the mayor's office said. Last week, a group of protesters clashed with police officers at the statue in Grant Park. Some of them tried to tear it down and attacked at least 18 officers during the demonstration, CBS Chicago reported.   Get Breaking...
    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) ordered statues of Christopher Columbus to be removed in the middle of the night following clashes between protesters and police officers guarding the monuments last week. Crews arrived at Grant Park around 1 a.m. on Friday and started removing the Christopher Columbus statue that was created by Italian sculptor Carlo Brioschi and installed in 1933. By 3 a.m., the statue of the Italian explorer had been taken down. Statue of Christopher Columbus that drew chaotic protests in Chicago's Grant Park taken down by crews as watching c… https://t.co/BI4h6Z7Bdi — ABC News (@ABC News)1595590693.0Crews remove the Columbus statue in Grant Park around 3 a.m. Friday in Chicago. https://t.co/iXIbyn8jZk — armando l sanchez (@armando l sanchez)1595578485.0 The Windy City's Italian-American community raised funds and donated the Columbus statue to Chicago for the city's second world's fair that began in 1933 and was titled "Century of Progress Exposition." By Friday morning, crews had also dismantled a Columbus statue that had been standing in Chicago's Little Italy neighborhood. The Columbus statue in...
    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has ordered the removal of two statues of Christopher Columbus in the city, and workers set about to removing them in the wee hours of Friday morning, The Associated Press reported. In a statement, Lightfoot said that monuments — one in downtown Grant Park, the other in Arrigo Park in the city’s Little Italy neighborhood — were being “temporarily” removed in the interest of safety. Both monuments had been the scene of clashes between demonstrators and police, and in one case, protesters tried to forcibly pull down a statue, creating an unsafe situation. Specifically, on July 17, protesters had clashed with police at the monument in the city’s Grant Park. Police used batons to beat them back, while demonstrators reportedly threw fireworks, rocks, and other items at police. Similarly, protesters had tried to forcibly remove that statue, creating an unsafe situation for the crowd. “This step is about an effort to protect public safety and to preserve a safe space for an inclusive and democratic public dialogue about our city’s symbols,” the mayor’s office said in...
    City municipal crews help guide the Christopher Columbus statue in Grant Park as it is removed by a crane, Friday, July 24, 2020, in Chicago. (Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times/Chicago Sun-Times via AP) CHICAGO (AP) — Two statues of Christopher Columbus that stood in Chicago parks were taken down early Friday at the direction of Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a week after protesters trying to topple one of the monuments to the Italian explorer clashed with police. Crews used a large crane to remove the statue in downtown Chicago’s Grant Park from its pedestal. A small crowd cheered and passing cars honked as the statue came down about 3 a.m. The second statue was removed about 5:30 a.m. Friday from Arrigo Park in Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood. Read More: Statue of Black protester replaces toppled UK slave trader In a statement issued after the statues were taken down, the Democratic mayor’s office said they were being “temporarily removed … until further notice.” It said the removals were “in response to demonstrations that became unsafe for both protesters and police, as well as efforts...
    Chicago’s two Christopher Columbus statues were taken down under the cover of darkness early Friday after violent clashes broke out last week between police and protesters, according to reports. Hours after Mayor Lori Lightfoot called for it to come down, one statue was removed in the Windy City’s Grant Park, while the other was seen being dismantled in Arrigo Park in the Little Italy neighborhood, NBC Chicago reported. Demonstrators nationwide have clamored for the removal of statues of Columbus to be taken down, calling the Italian explorer a symbol of hate and oppression — while others view him as an important part of Italian-American heritage. On Monday, Lightfoot said she would announce a process in which the city would take inventory of the city’s monuments, paintings “and other things that memorialize” its history, the news outlet reported. “In time, our team will determine there are no monuments to African Americans in this city,” she said. “There are no monuments to women. There are no monuments that reflect the contributions of people in the city of Chicago who contributed to the...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– After protests, demonstrations and violent clashes with police, Chicago’s Christopher Columbus statues have been removed from both Grant Park and Arrigo Park. CBS 2’s Marissa Parra reported the statue was removed from Grant Park by the city overnight while crowds cheered. The other statue in Little Italy was removed early Friday morning. #BREAKING: Chicago’s Columbus statue in Grant Park is getting removed overnight by the city now @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/apis1VzCwZ — Marissa Parra (@MarParNews) July 24, 2020 On July 18, a group of protesters clashed with police officers at the Christopher Columbus statue in Chicago’s Grant Park Friday night. Some of them tried to tear down the statue and even turned on the officers, attacking at least 18 of them during the demonstration.  The demonstration started at Buckingham Fountain as a protest to defund the police before moving south into Grant Park. The situation escalated very quickly as more people showed up. Chicago police officers provided security, but once the crowd got to Grant Park things took a violent turn. Some protesters defaced and tried to tear down the...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Multiple sources tell ABC7 Eyewitness News that Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is planning to have crews remove the statues of Christopher Columbus from Grant Park and Little Italy.Sources said the statue could be taken down as early as Thursday night.The statue was the focus of a protest that turned into a violent clash between Chicago police and protesters last Friday, after protesters tried to tear down the statue.People who have called for the statue's removal point to the displacement and mistreatment of Native Americans that followed the colonization of North AmericaItalian Americans in Chicago say Columbus is a symbol of their assimilation and achievement in American culture.Gianni Pasquale of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans responded to news of the possible removal, saying, "The Italian American community feels betrayed. The Mayor's Office is giving into a vocal and destructive minority. This is not how the Democratic process is supposed to work."Pasquale said the mayor told him both the Columbus statue on Taylor Street in Little Village will also be removed and temporarily housed for public safety...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A weekend of protests and violence over statues of Christopher Columbus prompted Mayor Lori Lightfoot to promise a review of the city's memorials, setting the stage for dialogue about what do with symbols whose meaning has changed for many Americans."There's nothing that says that just because a statue was put up at one time, that doesn't mean it needs to be there forever," said Kate Masur, history professor at Northwestern University.Chicago police release video showing confrontation near Grant Park Columbus statue protestEMBED More News Videos Police said the video shows a person dumping out a backpack with what appear to be frozen water bottles, which they said were then thrown at officers. Friday's Grant Park protest highlighted the need for dialogue about what to do when the symbolism of something changes."Christopher Columbus has come to symbolize Italian American pride, but also our being accepted in the early stages as immigrants of not only Italian descent, but of all different European descents," said Pasquale D. Gianni of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans.Local Italian Americans, other leaders...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy introduced a bill on Thursday that would help protect statues and monuments from being defaced by withholding federal grants from state and local governments that do not protect them, Fox News reports.  The Republican lawmaker from California proposed “Protect America’s Statues Act of 2020” with Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Sam Graves, R-Mo. “Public monuments are indispensable because they tell the American story. It is wrong to erase our history,” McCarthy said in a statement. “We should be learning from it.” “Instead, leftwing mobs in cities across the country are destroying statues of General Grant, St. Serra, Christopher Columbus, and abolitionists,” he continued. “This is lawlessness in its purest and most unacceptable form.” McCarthy stated that his “legislation has real consequences for states and cities: no order, no funding. It is time to respect our laws, protect our history, and punish the statue smashers.” After introducing the legislation, McCarthy tweeted: “Leftwing mobs are trying to erase history by destroying statues of George Washington, General Grant, and Christopher Columbus. Enough is enough.” Vandals, calling for racial...
    By PAT EATON-ROBB, Associated Press Disputes over what to do with statues of Christopher Columbus in Connecticut have resulted in both civil and criminal complaints. Sculptures of the explorer were erected in the 19th and 20th centuries across the state, which has a large Italian-American population, but many were taken down this summer following widespread racial injustice protests that began following the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Demonstrators have targeted the statues because they say the Italian explorer was responsible for the genocide and exploitation of native peoples in the Americas. Over the past two months, Columbus statues have been removed throughout the country and in Connecticut cities including Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport New London, Norwalk and Middletown. Some, including the statue in Bridgeport, were removed by officials who said they want to protect them from potential vandalism. On July 4, a man broke the head off the Columbus statue in front of Waterbury’s city hall. Police released footage Tuesday of that incident to the Waterbury Republican-American newspaper. Authorities say the video shows 22-year-old Brandon...
    San Juan, Jul 11 ​​(EFE News) .- A group of protesters asked on Saturday that the statues of the conquistadors Christopher Columbus and Juan Ponce de León be removed from the Puerto Rican capital, for extolling characters that they said represent colonial slavery. Several dozen people, some dressed in indigenous clothing, held a protest march that ended in the old town of Old San Juan, where before the two statues they demanded the removal of the monuments. The Boriken Council for the Defense of Indigenous Rights (CDDIB) led the call for a march that took place between the Capitol, seat of the Legislative Assembly, and the historic center of the Puerto Rican capital, where the two statues are located. The dozens of people performed Taíno dances and chants – the indigenous people who inhabited Puerto Rico before the arrival of the Spaniards -, before hearing the arguments of some of the leaders of the group, who called for the removal of the statues. The protesters made it clear that they will not act with violence and that legal channels will...
    WASHINGTON (WJZ) — Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi weighed in on the toppling of Baltimore’s Christopher Columbus statue on the Fourth of July, saying at a news conference Thursday that, “if the community doesn’t want the statue there, the statue shouldn’t be there.” The Baltimore native said the statue’s removal doesn’t diminish her pride in her Italian American heritage, adding she doesn’t care much about statues. “I’m more interested in what people have accomplished,” she said. “I think that it’s up to the communities to decide what statues they want to see.” RELATED COVERAGE: FOP: Baltimore Officers Were Awaiting Orders To Dispel Crowd That Toppled Christopher Columbus Statue Christopher Columbus Statue Retrieved From Baltimore Harbor After Protesters Tossed It Historians Say Communities Should Re-Evaluate Who Gets Honored With Statues In Wake Of Baltimore’s Columbus Statue’s Toppling While Protesters Celebrate Christopher Columbus Statue Being Thrown Into The Harbor, Police Asked To Arrest Those Who Tore It Down Video: Baltimore Protesters Tear Down Christopher Columbus Statue, Throw It Into Harbor When asked whether the Columbus statue should have been ordered...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday declined to admonish protesters in her native city of Baltimore who pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus and then tossed the monument into the city’s Inner Harbor. "People will do what they do," Pelosi, D-Calif., said at a news conference Thursday at the Capitol. PELOSI SAYS SUPREME COURT RULINGS ON TAX RETURNS 'NOT GOOD NEWS' FOR TRUMP Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, however, had harsh words for the protesters who destroyed the statue near Little Italy over the Fourth of July, saying he wouldn't tolerate the destruction of property. Young said the toppling was unacceptable and the perpetrators, if identified, "will be brought to justice," the Baltimore Sun reported. Pelosi, an Italian American, was born and raised in Baltimore. Her father, Thomas D'Alesandro Jr., was mayor of Baltimore from 1947 to 1959 and her brother Thomas D'Alesandro III also led the city from 1967 to 1971. Pelosi said "it's up to the communities to decide what statues they want to see" and taking down the Columbus monument "doesn't diminish my pride in my Italian American heritage." But asked whether a commission should decide what statues...
    REUTERS/Nicholas PfosiState Patrol officers stand guard as employees of Twin Cities Transport and Recovery work to clear the toppled statue of Christopher Columbus.During Navy Chaplain Basic Training we participated in pluralism workshops. These workshops charged chaplain candidate program officers of different faith backgrounds with planning invocations and benedictions for mock ship holiday observances. My team was tasked with Columbus Day. Though we participated fully, we included the following “pre-ceremony comments to the commanding officer”: There is much controversy as to whether someone can “discover” a country already inhabited by indigenous peoples. Likewise, not only did Columbus not set foot in America, but also a great deal of explorers reached here first. Columbus brought with him disease, starvation, and conquest. While his valiance and perseverance are to be applauded, out of respect for our sailors who are descendent of Native Americans, it would probably not be in good taste to celebrate Christopher Columbus as a ship.  Further, it would be in poor taste in light of the tragedies that surrounded Columbus’ expeditions, i.e. the slave trades and the genocides, to go...
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters Thursday that she did not oppose the violent, unlawful removal and destruction of a statue of Christopher Columbus on July 4 in her native city of Baltimore, Maryland. “People will do what they do,” she said. Black Lives Matter protesters dragged the Columbus statue off the pedestal where it had stood for over thirty-five years in the Little Italy neighborhood. It smashed into pieces on the ground, and the frenzied crowd leaped and danced before dragging the remnants of the sculpture into the Inner Harbor. WATCH: Protesters in Baltimores Little Italy pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus earlier this evening. (
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — A Baltimore County lawmaker has pre-filed legislation that would punish people who vandalize or destroy state monuments with up to 10 years in prison. Del. Nino Mangione, a Republican, said Tuesday he was pre-filing the draft legislation ahead of the 2021 General Assembly session. The Monument Protection Act of 2021 would make it illegal to damage, destroy or vandalize a monument, memorial or “statue of historical significance” in the state. Punishments would range from a mandatory six months behind bars and up to $500 fine for minor damage to up to a decade in prison and a $2,500 fine for major damage.” RELATED COVERAGE: FOP: Baltimore Officers Were Awaiting Orders To Dispel Crowd That Toppled Christopher Columbus Statue Christopher Columbus Statue Retrieved From Baltimore Harbor After Protesters Tossed It Historians Say Communities Should Re-Evaluate Who Gets Honored With Statues In Wake Of Baltimore’s Columbus Statue’s Toppling While Protesters Celebrate Christopher Columbus Statue Being Thrown Into The Harbor, Police Asked To Arrest Those Who Tore It Down Video: Baltimore Protesters Tear Down Christopher Columbus Statue, Throw...
    A 61-year-old statue of Christopher Columbus was removed from downtown Trenton on Wednesday morning by a city public works crew as pressure mounts nationwide to remove symbols of oppression. The city on Wednesday morning started dismantling the statue of the explorer at the north end of Columbus Park on Hamilton Avenue in the Chambersburg neighborhood.  Christopher Columbus was a controversial figure and is not representative of the ideals the nation was founded on, Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora said earlier. Gusciora said the statue will be placed in storage. The park will be renamed. As the statue was hoisted off of its base and onto a flatbed truck about 8 a.m., arguments broke out among bystanders, as captured in videos by Peterson's Breaking News of Trenton and The Trenton Post, among other news media outlets. Statues of Columbus in Camden and Newark also have been removed recently after criticism the explorer's image recalls violence toward Native Americans. Other communities have taken down statues of slave owners and Confederate Civil War leaders. The latest move to dismantle historic monuments was sparked by...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- In Sacramento, crews are removing a statue depicting Christopher Columbus and Queen Isabella from the State Capitol.The figure has been the centerpiece of the rotunda since 1883. It's being removed after legislative leaders decided it is out of place "given the deadly impact his arrival in this hemisphere had on indigenous populations."Crews arrived early Tuesday morning to safely remove the statue made of marble.Statues have been coming down across the country as government leaders rethink their places of prominence. Over the weekend, protesters in Baltimore pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus and threw it into the city's Inner Harbor.Statues of other historical figures such as Father Junipero Serra have also been taken or torn down due to his historical involvement in enslaving and killing the native people of California. Some scholars say this could be the start of a healing process for many oppressed communities.EMBED More News Videos Statues of Father Junipero Serra are being taken down or torn down due to his historical involvement in enslaving and killing the native people of California. Some scholars...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Days after protesters toppled a statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore’s Little Italy neighborhood, historians are weighing in on how communities should move forward with other statues involving controversial figures. On Friday, the Canton Community Association announced it will review whether the statue of founder John O’Donnell should stay or go. O’Donnell owned slaves, and present-day Canton sits on land that was once a plantation. In Columbus, Ohio, crews removed a statue of Columbus with a crane on Wednesday, while in Connecticut, protesters beheaded a statue of the sailor. While the line may be clearer with taking down statues of Confederate soldiers, as Baltimore did in 2017, some historians and professors said it’s not as clear for other historical figures like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, both former presidents and slave owners. “Every day we’re reminded of the legacies and impacts of slavery… that’s something that we can’t get away from as a country, but I think there’s a difference between that and celebrating that history,” Georgetown University professor Soyica Colbert told CBS News last week. RELATED...
    Author and historian Laurence Bergreen told “Fox & Friends” on Monday that history's most famous explorer Christopher Columbus is “a very complicated" figure and difficult for people to understand today. Bergreen, who wrote the book, “Columbus: The Four Voyages,” made the comment two days after rioters in Baltimore pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus that former President Ronald Reagan helped unveil in 1984 – and then tossed the statue into the city’s Inner Harbor, according to reports. The statue had stood at the entrance to the city’s Little Italy neighborhood for 36 years, FOX 45 of Baltimore reported. Video posted to social media showed people pulling chains that had been tied around the statue, with one black-clad rioter giving the statue a final push as a crowd cheered. VideoThe attack came hours after rioters in Connecticut beheaded a Columbus statue there. Host Brian Kilmeade asked Bergreen how he feels when he sees “Columbus' statue go into the ocean.” “Actually, it’s astounding to me that he arouses such strong feelings because this was 500 years ago,” Bergreen said in response. “It was a different time and place.” He went...
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