SOUTH ORANGE, NJ—The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition, the nation’s largest Italian American anti-bias group, recently held an enormously successful “In Defense of our Heritage” event to a full house at Seton Hall University featuring a number of celebrity speakers who discussed anti-bias efforts and Italian American heritage.
Among the speakers were:
*ONE VOICE leader Andre’ DiMino who recapped ONE VOICE’s many successes for the past year which included the halting of tax credits to the tv show, “Jersey Shore,” appearances on various TV shows and news articles, and the reinstitution of Columbus Day Holiday in the Paterson Schools system;
*Veteran TV correspondent and author Richard Valeriani who spoke about his trailblazing efforts as one of the first Italian American correspondents on national television;
*Pioneering Italian American award-winning author and writer Daniela Gioseffi who read inspiring poems on the Italian American experience and spoke of her history as an activist;
*Vikki DeMarinis Miragliotta, a noted Italian American activist and ONE VOICE leader who spoke about “Will We Ever Have an Italian American President?”
The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition is the nation’s only Italian American organization whose sole mandate is to fight stereotypes and bias against Italian Americans. ONE VOICE is recruiting proud members who are ready, willing and able to phone, email, fax and write letters to work against instances of bias and discrimination.
ONE VOICE has created the first-ever nationwide “rapid response” network of defenders and freedom writers who are activated quickly to respond to bias and stereotyping through emails, letters, and phone calls, through its Facebook page, Twitter account, posts and website. Please visit us on Facebook or go to our website at www.iaovc.org