The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans (JCCIA), along with numerous Italian American organizations, a coalition of Irish, Jewish, Polish and African American ethnic group members among. others, and various elected officials, held a press conference at Chicago's City Hall on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. These groups together demand that the Chicago Board of Education rescind its decision on Columbus Day, as it is in direct violation of the Illinois State Board of Education code and Chicago Board of Education rules.
Please read the full Press Release, the Illinois General Assembly-105 ILCS 5 School Code, Letter to Illinois State Board of Education, Letter to Chicago Board of Education, and the Chicago Board of Education Feb. 26 2020 Meeting Agenda.
“It’s important to point out that we stand together, and annually celebrate Indigenous People’s Day— on the day that, in 2017, the State signed into law…the last Monday of September,” said Sergio Giangrande, president of the JCCIA. For Media Inquiries:
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