Italian Americans sue over Columbus holiday name change

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A Philadelphia City Council member and Italian American groups are suing the mayor's administration in federal court over the decision to change the name of city's Columbus Day holiday to Indigenous Peoples' Day
PHILADELPHIA -- A Philadelphia City Council member and Italian American groups are suing the mayor's administration in federal court over the decision to change the name of city's Columbus Day holiday to Indigenous Peoples' Day.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday argues that while both groups deserve recognition, Mayor Jim Kenney "may not take action that discriminates against Italian Americans to exalt another ethnic group in its place," The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The plaintiffs, who include Councilman Mark Squilla, allege that Kenney's recent executive order renaming the October holiday fits a pattern of discrimination by the mayor against his Italian American constituents, who they say should be designated a protected class.

Also cited are efforts to remove a statue of Christopher Columbus from south Philadelphia and last year's removal of a statue of…
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