Let’s Make Indigenous Peoples Day, and Geraldine Ferraro Day, Official
Dear Congressman Maloney,
I am writing to encourage you to do the following: Help draft legislation, and then guide it through the appropriate committees and then to the floor of Congress, that would officially replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.
In addition, this same legislation should also create a new federal holiday that celebrates the contributions of Italian Americans to this country. That holiday should be named for Geraldine Ferraro, an Italian American, and the first female major-party nominee for vice president.
That new holiday should be on the Friday that proceeds Indigenous Peoples Day, giving American workers a four-day weekend. This is both good for the economy, in that it gives us more time to shop and visit local businesses, and good for the physical and mental well being of the American workforce, which is the most overworked in the world.
According to Dr. Jeffrey Pfeffer of Stanford University, 120,000 Americans die each year from workplace stress and mismanagement. We can save these lives and boost the economy by creating more days off from work throughout the calendar year.
I can’t think of a better place to start with this than with making Indigenous Peoples Day official, and creating Geraldine Ferraro day.