Fed Up with the Barrage of Italian American Stereotypes? Fight Back and Join the Italian American One Voice Coalition!
January is membership month
If you are fed up with the non-stop barrage of negative portrayals and stereotypes of Italian Americans in today’s mass media, there is an organization you can join…. an organization whose sole mission is to combat bias and the denigration of Italian Americans and secure positive representation: The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition (IAOVC).
January is membership month at the IAOVC and we are looking for Italian Americans who are proud of their heritage and ready to fight back in securing the positive representation of our culture.
“The stereotyping and denigration of Italian Americans is a big business and one that is never ending,” said IAOVC President Manny Alfano. “The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition is recruiting proud members who are ready, willing and able to phone, email, fax, use social media, and write letters to work against instances of bias and discrimination.”
IAOVC has created the first-ever national network of Italian American anti-bias activists, and utilizes a “Rapid Response” team.
Over the past few years, IAOVC has enjoyed successes in a number of areas:
*IAOVC worked through Governor Christie who revoked a $420,000 tax credit that had been issued to MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” which spurred the generation of aforementioned “reality” shows that continue to copy its wretched formula.
On a related note, IAOVC also honored Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer for her decision to bar a “Jersey Shore” spinoff from filming in Hoboken. Weeks later, Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy unfortunately decided to allow the show to be filmed in Jersey City, and in a twist of karma, was himself given the boot by voters, suffering a resounding primary election loss.
- IAOVC worked through the Paterson Schools District to reinstitute the Columbus Day Holiday after a decision had been made to cancel it;
- IAOVC worked to secure an apology from Chrysler/FIAT Ceo Sergio Marchionne, who during a recent speech used the term “WOP” in referring to Italians;
- IAOVC launched an anti-bias campaign against Nickelodeon’s feature film, “Nicky Deuce,” which introduced Italian stereotypes to children.
- More recently IAOVC obtained an apology from a large financial institution, Ally Bank, which was airing a mafia-style commercial that stereotyped Italian Americans, and we also launched campaigns against the movies “Don Jon,” and Robert DeNiro’s latest, “The Family,” which drew media criticism of these movies for their stereotypical depictions.
IAOVC works closely with major Italian American organizations such as UNICO National, and issues a regular email newsletter, “The Alfano Digest,” to thousands of individuals and Italian American organizations nationwide.
Membership for the year is $60. To become a member click on: http://www.iaovc.org/become-a-
You can use Pay Pal or print application and mail with your check to:
P.O. Box 2333, Bloomfield, NJ 07003
For more information, call 973-429-2818 or visitwww.iaovc.org
Your membership is Tax Deductible!