Rename Columbus Day after its sponsor

Rename Columbus Day after its sponsor

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Noel Cavallaro started this petition to United States Congress

Dear Respected Leaders,

As an American of Italian descent, it is with great pride that I humbly request our government rename the national holiday currently known as Columbus Day, after its sponsor of the bill U.S. Representative Peter W. Rodino Jr. D-NJ. Going forward we would be proud to now celebrate Rodino Italian Heritage Day, instead. Mr. Rodino was noted as always being inherently honest, a painstakingly hard working patriot who upheld and respected the Constitution. He has earned the trust of the Nation with an unbiased grace in the pursuit of justice. Here are just some notable facts about Mr. P.W.Rodino:

Born in 1907 to Italian parents, during an era when Italian people knew only racism and degradation, he never lost sight of his heritage or his community. He championed for what was right and was proud of who he was and where he came from in Newark NJ. He was also proud of the Italian men and women who helped build this country. The values they held for family and community, in such adverse times. He was a 1st generation Italian American, who as most of us, do not fit the stereotype that is still depicted today.  

Throughout his 40 years in government he stopped the proposed constitutional amendments that would ban abortion, prohibit busing to achieve school integration, supported fair housing legislation and organized labor. He was a champion of Civil Rights, making major contributions to the 1960’s Civil rights act, he was floor manager of the 1966 Civil rights act 964 bill, which outlawed unequal application of voter registration requirements, discrimination in places of public use, segregation in public schools and discrimination in employment, and played a leading role in his admiration of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. He was always fair and bipartisan in all of his efforts, he was the embodiment of the constitution and all that it stands for. While doing this he also held all of his colleagues to the same standard, accepting nothing less. He was proud of his heritage and the sacrifices made by his parents to obtain the American dream.  He enlisted in the Army, earned a Bronze Star for the sacrifices he made for our country and retired as a Captain. He worked days and took classes at night for ten years to obtain a law degree.

Columbus has become such a divisive subject in our society, none of which Peter Rodino would have wanted or who he was as a person.
His very demeanor is one that cannot be duplicated and some note sadly we may never see again on our lifetime. He is someone to be emulated.  An Italian American who was a champion for us All.


For those of you not familiar with his virtuous legacy I direct you to the Congregational Record to read testimony from a plethora of our countries respected servants. 


https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CRECB-2005-pt12/html/CRECB-2005-pt12-Pg16372.htm


https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CRECB-2005-pt10/html/CRECB-2005-pt10-Pg13262-2.htm


https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CRECB-2005-pt10/pdf/CRECB-2005-pt10-Pg13270.pdf


So many of our ancestors assimilated to the American Way, we lost our language and connection with the motherland. We embraced and adapted to our new home through hard work and dedication. The day to celebrate our journey and all of our contributions should not be tainted by atrocities that may have been made over 500 years past but should be celebrated for all the wonderfully strong and remarkable contributions made by our ancestors ever since.

I hope you agree


Respectfully,

Noel Gerard Cavallaro

An American of Italian Decent 

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