Apology to Italian-Americans from Garwood, NJ Councilman
Thanks to the efforts of the Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition, (IAOVC), its defenders, and members of UNICO, Garwood Councilman Jim Mathieu has issued a letter in which he apologizes for recent disparaging remarks made about Italian Americans.
In the letter (see below) Councilman Mathieu states to the local newspaper The Westfield Leader, “I wish to reiterate my apology to Americans of Italian descent for any offense they may have taken to my April 2, 2015 editorial in your newspaper. In no way did I mean to offend anyone, but nevertheless, I did so and I take full responsibility. My intention was to illustrate, through satire, the actual expenses and promises of future revenue from the new Garwood Recreation Complex.
IAOVC President Manny Alfano and Anthony Bengivenga, President of the Westfield Chapter of UNICO, commended Councilman Mathieu’s apology at the last town council meeting. At that time he also also agreed to write a piece about the incident and apologize in the The Westfield Leader – which he has now done.
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 also has created the first-ever nationwide “rapid response” network of defenders who quickly respond to bias and stereotyping through email, letters, and phone calls, through its Facebook page, Twitter account, posts and website (www.IAOVC.org).