IAOVC commends Ohio Representative Tim Ryan for his recent apology

The Italian American Once Voice Coalition commends Ohio Representative Tim Ryan for his recent apology regarding a derogatory remark he made on national TV aimed at Italian-Americans. The Congressman, whose mother and maternal grandparents are of Italian heritage, issued a press release in which he apologized for the term used during a recent appearance on MSNBC’s ‘Hardball’ hosted by Chris Matthews.

“While we applaud the Congressman for admitting his mistake we also want him to know that he is now on notice. Our thousands of One Voice members nationwide will remain vigilant in making sure future remarks made by the Congressman do not in any way denigrate Italian Americans or the great Italian culture,” said the President of the Italian American One Voice Coalition Doctor Manny Alfano (www.iaovc.org).

In his apology, the Congressman Ryan stated in part: ‘Rest assured I meant no offense by my comments and have the deepest pride and respect for my Italian heritage’.

“We are going to take him at his word while also encouraging him be more thoughtful in public and private appearances about the words in which he uses when referring to this nation’s 25-million Italian Americans. Many of whom call his Ohio district home,” said Doctor Alfano.

One Voice also wants to commend the combined efforts of other nationwide Italian American organizations which are part of Italian American One Voice Coalition. Among them UNICO National and its president Dominick J. Nicastro Sr., the New York Grand Lodge OSIA/CSJ and its chairman Louis Gallo, the NJ Grand Lodge OSIA and its president Ralph Capaccio and the Federation of Italian American Societies of NJ headed up by Pat Meola.

The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition is a nationwide army of anti-bias activists who fight discrimination and defend Italian American heritage. ONE VOICE’s goal is to act as a united voice in dealing with defamation, discrimination and negative stereotyping of Italian American culture and heritage.