“Say Nothing, Do Nothing and We Will Surely Become NOTHING!”
“Elected Officials across the country are violating our
civil rights and
this legislation of hate must be stopped,”
IAOVC PRESS RELEASE January 7, 2019
ITALIAN AMERICAN ONE VOICE COALITION LAUNCHES GOFUNDME PAGE TO HELP SAVE COLUMBUS DAY AND MONUMENTS
Bloomfield, NJ – The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition (“ONE VOICE”), America’s largest independent Italian American anti-bias organization, is raising funds on GoFundMe to challenge local officials that seek to rename
Columbus Day or remove monuments. This comes after several localities including NYC have initiated public debate over whether to keep or remove statues of Christopher Columbus and the holiday.
In 2018, many school committees and localities held meetings and voted to
rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. This created heated school board discussions and public debate that infuriated Italian Americans within these areas. Critics of Columbus Day say it represents slavery and oppression. However, supporters of Columbus Day, which includes millions of Italian Americans, feel the holiday celebrates a great explorer, 500 years of immigration to America and Italian heritage.
“2018 was the year that anti-Italianism returned and we must resist the hatred,” stated Dr. Manny Alfano, President of ONE VOICE. “This is why it is so important for Italian Americans and supporters to contribute to our GoFundMe page. Our civil rights are under attack and the money will be used for legal defense and other areas of protest.” ONE VOICE has been an outspoken advocate of the Italian American community, and its members gave testimony in last year’s monument commission hearings held in the five boroughs of NYC.
Columbus Day became a federal holiday in 1937 with many states and localities choosing to celebrate the holiday soon after. The monuments of olumbus were erected after the great wave of Italian immigrants began arriving in America in the early 20th century. Unfortunately, many of these monuments have been vandalized in the last few years leaving Italian American community leaders up in arms over the lack of criminal prosecution. ONE VOICE is different from all other Italian American groups in that its sole focus and objective is to educate and fight bias, stereotyping and discrimination against Italian Americans. ONE VOICE’s stated mission is to “…secure the rightful representation of Americans of Italian origin and of all peoples whose paths toward social equality have been impeded. The powers of intellect, wisdom and due process of law will be brought to bear on all inequities.”
ONE VOICE issues a regular email newsletter, “The Alfano Digest,” to more than 5,000 individuals and Italian American organizations nationwide. Written and compiled by Dr. Manny Alfano, Founder and President of ONE VOICE, the Digest issues alerts on instances of bias, stereotyping, discrimination and defamation and activates the ONE VOICE nationwide network of “Defenders” who respond through calls, emails, faxes, letters and demonstrations where necessary. The Digest also contains informative Italian American cultural and heritage information.
To receive the Digest, email Dr. Alfano – firstname.lastname@example.org.
To join or obtain more information on ONE VOICE visit iaovc.org.
To contribute to the campaign visit https://www.gofundme.com/italian-american-civil-rights
Supporters can also send checks/money orders directly to
P.O. Box 2333
Bloomfield, New Jersey 07003
Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition
email us here
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ONE VOICE Coalition Organizations
Amici Club of Wanaque, Anti-Bias Committee of UNICO National, Belleville UNICO, Bloomfield UNICO, Brick UNICO, Bridgeport UNICO, Center for Italian and Italian American Culture, Clark UNICO, Chicago W Suburban Chapter of UNICO, Coccia Foundation, East Hanover Italian American Club, Federation of Italian American Societies on NJ, Garfield UNICO, Greater Ramsey UNICO Italian American Club FSGN, Italian American Heritage Club of Hunterdon County, Italian American Police Society of NJ, La Festa Italiana of Lackawanna County, PA, Lt. Joseph Petrosino Lodge OSIA, Lt. Det. Joseph Petrosino Association in America, Misericordia Society National Italian American Legal Defense Fund, NJ IIAHC (NJ Italian American Heritage Commission), NJ OSIA Grand Lodge, Nutley-Belleville Columbus Parade Committee, Ocean County Columbus Parade Committee, Plainfield Chapter of UNICO, Stamford UNICO, UNICO National, Waterbury UNICO, Westfield UNICO, Woodcliff Lake UNICO
Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition is an IRS Registered 501(c) 3 Tax Exempt Corporation