Italian American One Voice Coalition Thanks Gov. Christie for Veto of Tax Credit to MTV’s“Jersey Shore”
For immediate release… Contact: Sebastian D’Elia
September 26, 2011 Communications Director
Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition
NEW JERSEY— Last week Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition President Andre’ DiMino , called upon Governor Christie, all State legislators and the Economic Development Authority to immediately cancel the $420,000 tax subsidy to MTV’s “Jersey Shore, calling it a “shocking abuse.” Today DiMino lauded the Governor’s announcement to veto the subsidy.
“Outstanding! We are so pleased at the Governor’s quick response to our request and his decisive action today,” stated DiMino upon learning about the veto. “Public funds should never be used to subsidize bigotry and the reprehensible behavior spewed by this show.” ONE VOICE is the nation’s largest Italian American anti-bias organization of more than 5,000 activists who defend Italian heritage.
In a statement issued last week DiMino, stated “The New Jersey Economic Development Authority has abrogated the public trust by awarding a tax credit to a show that not only stereotypes Italians, but promotes violence, and cast members who revel in openly breaking the law,” DiMino said. “Public monies should never be used to subsidize and promote violence, criminal behavior and ethnic stereotyping. This is disgraceful, and we are calling upon Governor Christie and all our legislators to immediately stop the tax credit for ‘JerseyShore.’ ”
DiMino, who as past National President of UNICO led the charge against “JerseyShore” with more than several hundred interviews on TV, radio, newspapers and blogs, added that the public monies should be applied for a far better benefit.
ONE VOICE is different from all other Italian American groups in that its sole focus and objective is to fight bias, stereotyping and discrimination against Italian Americans. It is the only national Italian American organization with this mandate.
ONE VOICE’s stated mission is to “… secure the rightful representation of Americans of Italian origin and of all peoples whose paths toward social equality have been impeded. The powers of intellect, wisdom and due process of law will be brought to bear on all inequities.”
ONE VOICE works closely with major Italian American organizations such as UNICO National, NIAF and OSIA. ONE VOICE issues a regular email newsletter, “The Alfano Digest,” to more than 5,000 individuals and Italian American organizations nationwide.