The Italian American One Voice Coalition (IAOVC), an anti-defamation group that includes multiple Italian American organizations, expressed dismay and disgust with the airing of the recent AFLAC commercial, depicting the kidnapping of the iconic AFLAC Duck by characters that are clearly meant to portray Italian Americans in a bad light.   "T...

In 2013, the Mercer County Italian American Festival Committee donated and erected a statute of Christopher Columbus on the site of their building in Hamilton Township, a municipality comprised OF 70% Italian Americans. Shortly thereafter, irresponsible vandals defaced the statute by blackening the face. Cavaliere John Scarpati called it a despicab...

by Manny Alfano   to Christopher J. Dodd, CEOMotion Picture Association of AmericaDear Mr. Dodd: The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition's sole focus is to battle negative stereotyping and discrimination against Italian Americans. It is the only national Italian American organization with this mandate.   As such we would like to...

The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition ("IAOVC") has denounced A&E's latest and most disgraceful "reality" series to date: "The Godfather of Pittsburgh," and called on the show's sponsors to cease and desist their sponsorship.   Dr. Manny Alfano, President and Founder of IAOVC stated emphatically: "This show is a disgrace and insult to...

by Dr. Emanuele A. Alfano   The history of anti-Italian American bias manifests a blatant bigotry for the past 100 years. Long before the entertainment media chose Italian Americans as whipping boys the American press maligned them in news reports, columns and in cartoons. With the advent of movies, radio and TV programming the incidence of...

The Italian American One Voice Coalition, an Italian American anti-bias group based in Bloomfield, placed AFLAC on its Wall of Shame. The "dishonor" is bestowed for AFLAC's commercial "Family Business," which portrays Italian Americans as mobsters. This ad is unacceptable to Italian Americans and should be removed immediately, according t...

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joked Wednesday with radio host Don Imus that he was reporting Time to the "anti-Italian defamation league" after seeing its latest cover. "I mean, come on," Christie said. "I can't wait for that to come home for my kids to see it." "The Boss" could be a reference to Christie's beloved Springsteen. But Manny Alfano,...

ELIZABETH —Union County Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter today announced the County's fifth Annual Columbus Day Flag Raising event is set for Friday, October 11, at 1:30 p.m. on the steps of the historic Union County Courthouse.   The keynote speaker, Frank Cipolla, is a radio and TV broadcaster and author who has been seen and heard in and...