June 12 Update: The scheduled rally has been canceled. City officials including Mayor Marty Walsh plan to meet with leaders of the Italian American groups who had scheduled the event. Dr. Frank Mazzaglia, Communications Officer for the Italian American Alliance said, “We appreciate Mayor Walsh for his sensitivity to the feelings of Italian Americans across the State who were outraged at the statue’s vandalism. The Columbus statue was paid for through the private donations of citizens and associations in the North End. Leaders of the Italian American Alliance expect a positive outcome concerning the statue’s future following an honest dialog.”
Italian American groups are organizing a rally and march on Sunday, June 14, 2 p.m., at Christopher Columbus Park, 100 Atlantic Avenue in Boston’s North End in support of returning the statue to the park.
Sponsors include the Sons and Daughters of Italy, UNICO, The Federation of Italian Organizations, St. Joseph’s Society, the Pirandello Lyceum, and the Italian American Alliance.
Flyers being distributed by sponsoring groups are shown below.
Officials said they have also heard of potential counter-protests on social media, although we have not found flyers or groups sponsoring those at this time. Information can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.