Dear Editor: Once again, I congratulate The Tablet for covering this issue (“Mother Cabrini Statue Nixed Despite Vote,” Aug. 24) and this important, yes, very important omission from consideration by the Mayor, as well as the commission assigned to the task of reviewing the matter of increased numbers of statues to honor women of New York.
Mother Cabrini is the heroine that New York City needs NOW! She was one of the first in the City’s history to bring to the forefront the matter and concern of immigrants, and not just for Italian Americans but for all who were migrating at the time. Letters and pressure must be exerted to convey to the Mayor the importance of having Mother Cabrini so honored with a statue.
In the recent sessions of the National Convention of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America held in San Antonio, Texas, during the days of August 12-17, 2019, the delegates heard of this situation and joined in resolution to petition the Mayor to review this matter and correct the record to include Mother Cabrini in those statues under consideration, especially as she received the highest number of votes in the data collected.
New Hyde Park
Editor’s note: Sciame is President of the Sons of Italy Foundation and National Past President of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America (OSDIA).