A western Pennsylvania judge will mediate a dispute over a statue of explorer Christopher Columbus in a Pittsburgh park. Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge John McVay declared an impasse in the dispute between the city of Pittsburgh and the Italian Sons and Daughters of America over the Columbus statue in Schenley Park, the Tribune-Review reported...

Today the House of Representatives of the Italian Parliament almost unanimously approved the motion presented by parliamentarians Fucsia Fitzgerald Nissoli and Federico Mollicone in defense of Christopher Columbus. It is a historic day. The motion was discussed on October 26, 2020 and it has been voted today. It was originally signed by 53 parliame...

June 11, 2021. The Litchfield School of Law at the Tapping Reeve House, 82 South Street, Litchfield, Conneccticut. The National Italian American Bar Association (NIABA) was formed nearly forty (40) years ago with its genesis in a conversation among lawyers in Greenwich Village, New York.  The founders included lawyers of Italian heritage from acros...

We met so many wonderful paesani on our trip to Northeast Pennsylvania that we decided to make our way back to the western side of the Keystone State to seek out the Italian side of Pittsburgh, PA! Join John, Rossella and Pat as they visit the Steel City’s favorite Italian Pastry Shop, one of the nation’s finest museum collections dedicated to the...

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,...