Under American law I technically qualify as Hispanic even though I have absolutely no ethnic Spanish ancestry in the last 500 years. The reason for this is that the law permits you to self-identify as Hispanic if you have "ancestry originating in the Spanish Empire." Which means if you have an ancestor who ever lived under the flag of Spain, even i...

The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition (“ONE VOICE”), a nationwide coalition of anti-bias activists, is vehemently opposed to a casting call for perpetuating a negative stereotype of Israelis and Italians.  The casting call, posted on castingnetworks.com, states “Looking for Israelis and Italian Actors that are not ashamed to admit they can be an...

Manny Alfano of Bloomfield is a man on a two-pronged mission. Through his organization, Italian American One Voice Coalition, or IAOVC, he fights the stereotyping of Italian-Americans and attacks on Christopher Columbus, whose namesake holiday will be observed next month. "We are judging a 15th century explorer by 21st century standards," said Alfa...

The Belleville Chapter of UNICO will sponsor an Awards Dinner Honoring the Belleville Police Department on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 6:30 pm at The Chandelier 340 Franklin Avenue, Belleville, NJ. The Chapter will also pay homage to Belleville Township’s police officers as well as all men and women in law enforcement by distributing lawn signs with...

By Dr. Emanuele Alfano, President IAOVC   Will we ever have enough Italian Americans that will stand up and defend our heritage and culture from continued negative portrayals?    Will we ever have enough Italian Americans that can make a difference in putting an end to the endless degradation, ridicule and defamation perpetuate...

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 Italo-bashing has worsened. A forth...

The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition—the nation's largest Italian American anti-bias organization -- is taking "Don Jon" Director-Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt—ironically the son of parents who founded a once-famous Jewish national social justice organization—to task for stereotyping and denigrating Italian Americans and Jews in his new movie. "H...

by Manny Alfano   The Italian American One Voice Coalition through the efforts of Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assemblyman Ralph Caputo are pleased to announce the joint resolution dedicating the month of October as Italian American Heritage Month. The dedication will take place on Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 at Two pm sharp in the...

The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition has added Wisconsin-based Johnsonville Foods to its "Wall of Shame". Johnsonville Foods has been singled out for continuing to air a commercial for its 'Family Brats' that features a character resembling Tony Soprano. The spot depicts a family barbeque and is riddled with worn out organized crime refere...

Members of the Italian American One Voice Coalition (www.iaovc.org) were pleased this past weekend to join the Mercer County Italian American Festival Association, New Jersey State Senator President Stephen Sweeney, and other dignitaries, in rededicating the Christopher Columbus statue at the Italian American Heritage Center in Hamilton Township....