2021 successful for IAOVC – plans for an active new year.
BLOOMFIELD, NJ, United States, December 31, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – Passed in 2021 for IAOVC – victories in the preservation of Columbus; defend Italian-American civil rights; gain the support of Italian-American organizations and individuals across the country; and plans for an active new year.
The Italian-American Coalition ONE VOICE (“IAOVC”), the largest independent Italian-American anti-bias and educational organization in the United States, reports on the success of the past year and plans for ambitious 2022 – continuing its mission defense of the civil rights of Columbus and the Italian-Americans.
Dr Manny Alfano, Founder and President of IAOVC, said: “Looking back on the past year, I am amazed at our many accomplishments in defending our Italian-American civil rights and in particular our victories in preserving Columbus as an iconic symbol of our heritage. . We have worked with Italian-American groups and individuals across the country to oppose widespread attacks on the statues of Christopher Columbus, Columbus Day, and Italian-American civil rights. We are grateful for the strong participation and support of many groups and individuals with their advocacy efforts and financial support. This encourages us to plan more activities in the new year so that we can expand our media, legal and advocacy activities. “
The IAOVC’s victories in 2021 included the preservation of Columbus Day in many schools and cities across the country, especially Randolph NJ schools which have garnered media attention around the world. Throughout 2021, the IAOVC enjoyed significant media exposure nationwide with over 100 television and radio appearances from the IAOVC Board Member, André DiMino draw attention to the struggle to defend Columbus as well as to stereotypes and denigration of Italian-Americans. And the IAOVC continued the historic federal lawsuit it filed against West Orange New Jersey for the removal of the Columbus monument and violation of Italian-American civil rights under the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
IAOVC’s advocacy efforts were officially recognized in 2021 with awards and commendations. It should be noted that the Columbus International Award was given to the IAOVC of Fondazione Italia, an international academic organization based in Italy. Additionally, Alfano and DiMino of the IAOVC accepted an award from the Hunterdon County Italian American Heritage Club. And Frank Lorenzo from IAOVC received the Mille Grazie Prize from UNICO National.
In 2021, the IAOVC actively engaged with Italian-American organizations and individuals across the United States to oppose continued malicious measures to end Columbus Day. In particular, the IAOVC has established a cooperative relationship with COPOMIAO through its president, Basil Russo; CSJ of OSDIA through its president Robert Ferrito; and the UNICO National Anti-Bias Committee through its Chairman, James Scanelli. The IAOVC has hosted video conferences, webinars, petitions, participated in public hearings, and used numerous social media sites to advance its defense of the civil rights of Columbus and Italian Americans. While there have been a number of places where Columbus Day has been knocked out, a number of important victories have been achieved. And, based on those victories, there appears to be a decrease in activity in the moves to replace Columbus Day with another holiday – a violation of Italian-American civil rights and the epitome of discrimination.
With its mission to educate on verifiable facts, the IAOVC has established an academic panel and an education committee, chaired by history teacher Maria Ricupero, coordinating factual and historical content to support the initiatives of the IAOVC. And the IAOVC continued its electronic media education efforts with its initiative highlighting interesting facts about the Italian-American experience in America with concise, interesting, and factual videos called “The ONE VOICE Minute” – featuring many new editions featuring facts about Columbus and Italian-Americans on vacations and events.
“2022 will be another exciting and eventful year for IAOVC,” commented DiMino. “There is a lot of work to be done across the country as stereotypes about Italian Americans continue and we see continued attacks on Columbus with the culture of cancellation rampant in schools and cities. We must be vigilant as we join with Italian-American organizations and individuals across the United States to defend our great heritage and culture. “
Last year, the IAOVC hosted a virtual conference with the participation of representatives of IAOVC member organizations and individual members from across the country. Building on its success, the IAOVC will now organize virtual conferences several times a year to coordinate activities and share information among its members. The IAOVC Winter 2022 conference is scheduled for Sunday, January 23, 2022 at 7 p.m. and will include special guests and presentations.
The IAOVC is different from all other Italian-American organizations in that its sole aim and purpose is to promote education to combat prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination against Italian-Americans. IAOVC is a non-profit organization registered with the IRS 501 (c) 3.
The IAOVC publishes a regular electronic newsletter, “The Alfano Digest”, to more than 5,000 Italian-American individuals and organizations nationwide. Written and compiled by Dr Manny Alfano, Founder and President of the IAOVC, the Digest issues alerts on cases of prejudice, stereotypes, discrimination and defamation and activates the IAOVC’s national network of ‘advocates’ who respond with calls, emails, faxes, letters and demonstrations as needed. The Digest contains informative and educational information about Italian-American culture and heritage. To receive the Digest, email Dr Alfano – [email protected]
To support the IAOVC’s efforts to defend and educate about Columbus and the Italian-American Civil Rights Visit iaovc.org/donate
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