The Italian American One Voice Coalition (“IAOVC”), America’s largest independent Italian American anti-bias organization, is joining with dozens of Italian American organizations at an Italian American Civil Rights press conference to denounce New York City Department of Education’s (“NYC DOE”) elimination of Columbus Day. The event is slated for...

What is Italian American cuisine? How do we define traditional dishes transformed by Italian immigrants? Is the food we eat today the same as our mothers and grandmothers prepared? Italian American food traditions are often misunderstood and defined only in comparison to the “true” Italian canon. In reality, Italian American food is its own unique...

A stalemate continues over the fate of the Christopher Columbus statue in Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park. The city’s Art Commission voted to remove the statue because of Columbus’ history of torture and slavery. The Italian Sons and Daughters of America sued to keep the statue, saying the allegations about Columbus aren’t true. They say he is an import...

It was once a crime to be Italian. That’s what Potentially Dangerous reveals. As America crept closer to its second World War, the U.S. government grew suspicious of some citizens based not on what they had done, but only where they were from.  600,000 Italians and Italian Americans were persecuted during the war. Many were under curfew from 8 p.m....

One of the problems that the Italian American community has always had, and the consequences of which it has always paid for, is division, the lack of unity. When I say that Italian Americans are, to all intents and purposes, Italian, even if some of them do not have an Italian passport that officially certifies it, I mean that there is an Italian...

Columbus Day 2020 was particularly special for the Italian American community of Northeast Ohio.  On this day, the Italian American Museum of Cleveland (IAMCLE) was established.  Hon. Basil M. Russo, National President of the Italian Sons & Daughters of America, and Hon. Deborah J. Nicastro, Board Chair of the Italian American Museum of Cleveland,...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) and the Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA) are pleased to announce the 2021 grant award recipients for The Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum. The Film Forum, led by AGBO’s Russo Brothers and President of Creative, Angela Russo-Otstot, is an initiative to fund films depicting and exp...

The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles and Italian Sons and Daughters of America present "Joe LoPiccolo Performs the ItaLiAn Project." Join us on Thursday March 25, 2021 at 4pm PST for a live performance and discussion with musician Joe LoPiccolo where he’ll take us on a musical journey through LA's historic Italian enclaves and Southern Califo...

The Great River Road Museum next to Houmas House & Garden in Darrow Louisiana will be the site of a Jazz Concert presented by the ISDA St. Joseph’s Lodge and the American Italian Federation of the Southeast on March 20th from 1-5pm.  The 2-acre amphitheater provides a social distancing site so that the regional Italian organizations do not have to...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), in conjunction with Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and the Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA), is very pleased to announce that the applications are now open for The Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum. Now in its fifth year, the program annually awards multiple $8,000 grants to amb...