Federal Judge declares IAOVC has standing to sue in West Orange Lawsuit over Columbus Monument
In September of 2020, during the height of the COVID pandemic, a team of IAOVC members along with volunteer attorneys and supporters gathered remotely to formulate a legal strategy to save Columbus monuments across America. This was in response to dozens, if not hundreds of requests from Italian Americans across the country to stop the attacks on our cultural heritage. If you were on social media frequently, as many of us were, you came across a common postings that read "Where are all the Italian Americans?" This was what many of us felt as we were witnesses to the destruction of our monuments. We could no longer wait for others to act and decided it was up to a small number of dedicated IAOVC members and IAOVC Coalition Organization Members to take action. That is exactly what we did!
After years of watching Columbus monuments being vandalized and wrongfully removed, the IAOVC decided enough was enough and filed the first landmark Federal lawsuit against West Orange NJ for the wrongful removal of a Columbus monument which was revered in the West Orange NJ community.
Many in the community were fearful to bring lawsuits to reinstate Columbus monuments for fear of retaliation by local officials, a lack of funding or the amount of work required to take on such a task. We are proud to say that the IAOVC lead the way by filing the first landmark Federal lawsuit of its kind. As a result of this lawsuit, the community saw that it was possible to fight back legally to defend the civil rights of Italian Americans. Since we filed this lawsuit in September of 2020, other organizations followed our lead with great success.
We are extremely proud to report that the Federal court has just declared that IAOVC has standing to sue on behalf of its members. THIS IS A WATERSHED MOMENT IN ITALIAN AMERICAN HISTORY! We will keep everyone updated as more information becomes available.
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America is a country of great diversity, with people from all over the world calling it home. Each group brings its own unique heritage, traditions, and culture, creating a rich tapestry that is the fabric of the American society. It is important for Americans to honor and defend their heritage, not only to preserve their cultural identity but also to maintain a sense of unity and mutual respect within the diverse population. Of course, we are Americans first, but we should respect our heritage.
The importance of heritage can be seen in its ability to provide a sense of belonging and identity. It connects people to their past, their ancestors, and their cultural roots. This is especially important for immigrants, who often leave behind everything they know to start a new life in a foreign country. By honoring and preserving their heritage, they can maintain a connection to their roots while still embracing their new home.
Another reason why it is important to honor and defend heritage is that it promotes mutual respect and understanding among different groups of people. When people learn about each other's traditions and customs, they gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for one another. This understanding leads to a greater sense of empathy and tolerance, which can help to build stronger communities and a more cohesive society.
Heritage preservation is vital for future generations. By passing down cultural traditions and values, children and grandchildren develop a greater understanding and appreciation for their cultural roots. This instills a sense of pride and identity, helping to navigate the challenges of growing up in a complex and diverse society.
As a nation of immigrants, we should be mindful and respectful of each other's cultural heritage, recognizing the value it brings to our society as a whole.
The Italian American One Voice Coalition (“IAOVC”) is dedicated to educating and defending our Italian American heritage and culture. IAOVC is comprised of Italian American Organization Members and individual members across the USA joined together in a Coalition to speak with One Voice in defense of our heritage. Join us!
Mayor Lori Lightfoot is the first Chicago mayor in 40 years to lose re-election. Political pundits say that there are lots of contributing factors to this historic loss. Some say a very strong factor was her removal of the Columbus statues and some vile comments she made in response to those protesting her attack on Italian American identity. Her actions riled up Italian American voters in Chicago - and across the USA. The IAOVC joined with Italian Americans in Chicago to protest Mayor Lightfoot’s attack on Columbus.
Lightfoot lost the election almost to the day after a group of attorneys filed suit against her for her vulgar comments made against protesters of the Columbus statue removal. She has been at the center of a controversial debate surrounding the removal of the Columbus statue in Chicago for the past two years.
Italian Americans in Chicago came out in force to protest the removal of the Columbus statues which they see as an insult to their heritage. In fact, a lawsuit was filed against Mayor Lightfoot by a group of Italian Americans who protested the removal of the Columbus statue. They claimed that the mayor had offended them by removing the statue without consulting the community and by implying that Columbus was a symbol of racism and oppression, based on the fabricated false facts perpetrated by Howard Zinn, the self-declared Marxist and anarchist who hated America and wanted to destroy it by attacking the underpinnings of Western Culture in his 1980 history book. For over 4 decades, The Zinn Education project continues to indoctrinate and brainwash students with his ant-American falsehoods and attacks on Columbus and other historic figures.
It is an insult not just to Italian Americans but also to American history to remove the Columbus statue based on false accusations against Columbus. Columbus is crucial figure in American history for his unprecedented achievement that united the continents and brought Western culture to this part of the world. He should be celebrated for his contributions to the country's founding.
Perhaps Lightfoot’s historic loss should be a warning to elected officials to not insult Italian American heritage and culture and stop perpetrating the falsehoods about Columbus.
One of the purest examples of pride and patriotism was on full view for the millions of worldwide viewers of Super Bowl LVII. Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Nick Sirianni's passionate reaction was a sight to behold as tears streamed down his face during our National Anthem. They say that Italian Americans are a passionate and emotional people - Coach Sirianni certainly proved that last night! As we saw his raw emotions it was obvious that this was an incredibly special moment for him, as well as for all of us. And, although his team did not win, he won our hearts as a great example of an accomplished, passionate, proud and patriotic Italian American.
Super Bowl LVII was historic for many reasons, but that brief but notable moment coupled with his outstanding career accomplishments, made an important statement.
Italian Americans are portrayed in a stereotypical manner in the media, being mostly depicted as mobsters, mafiosi, bimbos or buffoons. This reinforces negative and harmful perceptions about Italian Americans and perpetuates discrimination. But Sirianni's expression of passion and pride as well as bringing his team to the Super Bowl, challenges these harmful stereotypes and demonstrates that Italian Americans can excel in various fields and industries.
It's important for diverse communities to be represented in all aspects of society, including sports. This representation not only helps challenge harmful stereotypes but also inspires young people from underrepresented communities to pursue their dreams and see themselves in successful individuals.
Nick Sirianni's appearance in the Super Bowl, as an Italian American head coach, is a step forward in promoting positive representation and breaking down harmful stereotypes. The Italian American community should celebrate his achievement and continue to strive for representation in all industries. And although his Eagles didn't win, he surely won the hearts of everyone!
Italian Americans have long been subject to negative stereotypes in media, dating back to the early days of cinema. These stereotypes, which often depict Italian Americans as mobsters, mafiosos, bimbos and buffoons, have had a damaging impact on the perception of Italian Americans and the way they are treated in society.
Research has shown that exposure to media representations can have real-world consequences – perception becomes reality!
Furthermore, these stereotypes reinforce harmful gender and racial biases. For example, Italian American women are often portrayed as passive and submissive, while Italian American men are depicted as aggressive and macho. These representations perpetuate harmful cultural norms and reinforce oppressive power structures.
Media should take steps to accurately and respectfully represent Italian Americans in their content. This includes avoiding harmful stereotypes and ensuring that Italian Americans are portrayed as fully realized human beings with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. By doing so, media producers can help to reduce prejudice and discrimination against Italian Americans and create a more inclusive and equitable media landscape for all.
IAOVC is dedicated to opposing Italian American stereotypes in media and has a successful and long record of defending Italian American heritage and culture. Join us and help us in our mission!
The Italian American One Voice Coalition ("IAOVC") is proud to announce the launch of our new blog. This blog will serve as a platform for us to share important information and updates about the mission of our organization. Our goal is to provide a voice for Italian Americans and to educate the public about the rich cultural heritage and contributions of this community. Through this blog, we aim to promote unity and understanding, and to address the critical issues facing Italian Americans today. Stay tuned for posts covering everything from cultural events and history, to political activism and advocacy. Join us on this journey to celebrate and preserve our heritage.