Philadelphia’s Columbus Statue Saved by Italian American Community

Mayor faces separate lawsuit that seeks to reestablish Columbus Day in Philly

Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Paula Patrick this week issued a ruling slamming the City of Philadelphia for its attempt to remove the Columbus Statue from Marconi Plaza. 

“It is baffling to this court as to how the City of Philadelphia wants to remove the Statue without any legal basis. The city’s entire argument and case is devoid of any legal foundation,” Judge Patrick wrote. 

(Click here for Judge Patrick’s full remarks) 

As a result of this ruling the Columbus Statue will remain on display in Marconi Plaza. 

This is a major victory for the Italian American community in its fight to preserve Columbus Statues. 

The lawsuit was skillfully argued before the court by our outstanding attorney George Bochetto, who is also handling the federal lawsuit filed in Philadelphia on behalf of the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations (COPOMIAO)

The federal lawsuit seeks to prevent the City of Philadelphia and its mayor, Jim Kenney, from abolishing Columbus Day and replacing it with Indigenous Peoples Day, as such an act would constitute discrimination against Italian Americans under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. 

A win in the federal suit will have an earthshaking effect around the country. 

Yesterday’s court victory is a clear example of how a united Italian American community can achieve success. 

“If we continue to work together, there is no end to what our community can accomplish,” said COPOMIAO President Basil M. Russo. 

(Russo also serves as National President of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA).

ABOUT COPOMIAO 

The Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations, based in New York City, is a coalition of leaders from the 50 largest and most influential Italian American groups, and our shared mission involves the preservation and promotion of our ancestors’ history and traditions. 

CONTACT 

George Bochetto, Esquire 

Office: 215-735-3900 

E-mail: gbochetto@bochettoandlentz.com 

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