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Protecting Mother Cabrini: Part Two

Last week many learned of the plan to move the Mother Cabrini statue in the Ironbound. A significant number of concerned individuals, myself included, wrote emails, made phone calls, posted on social media, and more to bring attention to this issue. While we do not have a definitive answer as to what is happening, we did get a response. Sort of.

A Call for Protection

Councilman Michael Silva has agreed to meet with concerned citizens and discuss the potential move of the Mother Cabrini statue. The meeting is taking place at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 259 Oliver Street in Newark on Monday, July 1st at 7pm and is open to anyone who wants to understand the issue and ask questions.

It’s About Showing Up

Mother Cabrini
Mother Cabrini statue in the Ironbound outside Penn Station. (Credit: Andrea Lyn Cammarato-Van Benschoten)

I’ve been told multiple times throughout my life that half the battle is showing up. Well, this is important time to show up. Mother Cabrini, the first American citizen canonized a saint; the woman who came to the Ironbound to educate and protect Italian immigrant children. The woman we pray to on a regular basis. We need to show up for her.

I go to great pains to avoid politics, however, I think something needs to be said. Far too often, those who represent us think they can pull the wool over our eyes. Backroom deals are so commonplace, and we have become so cynical about politics, they think no one will really care or do anything.

I’m asking you to prove them wrong. I am asking you to show up on Monday night for our beloved Mother Cabrini.

I’ll see you there.

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