Archive for March, 2010

 A Congressional reception welcoming Italian Ambassador Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata to the United States was held at the U.S. Capitol on March 16, 2010. The event was hosted by the National Italian American Foundation under the auspices of the Frank J. Guarini Public Policy Forum and the Italian American Congressional Delegation. Present was a large contingent of the Italian American Congressional Delegation, including Representatives Pat Tiberi and Bill Pascrell, co-chairmen of the Delegation for the 111th Congress, and Representatives Robert Aderholt, John Boccieri, Marcy Kaptur, John Mica, Steve Scalise, and former Rep. Mike Ferguson.  Read more at CiaoAmerica.net


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The Italic Institute of America, through its chairman John Mancini, has filed a formal complaint with the N.Y. State Attorney General against the Columbus Citizens Foundation.  The Institute contends that the Foundation has not complied with its own mission statement.

According to the Italic Institute, although the Columbus Foundation’s own charter requires it to preserve and promote the Italian heritage and culture, “millions of donated dollars are funneled to parochial schools offering no Italian language classes or to universities that have eliminated the Columbus Day holiday or promote an anti-Columbus agenda.”   The Italic Institute points to “one egregious case” in which  the Foundation donated $1 million to Millennium High School in lower Manhattan.  “But there are few, if any, Italian American students attending the school, and the only languages offered are Spanish and Mandarin,” said the Italic Institute.

The Italic Institute notes that “as the sole sponsor of the Columbus Day Parade the Columbus Citizens Foundation is privileged to earn much of its income from this heritage event by charging for floats and selling television ads.  Its annual gala receipts are enhanced by the parade and the delegations from Italy.   Yet this parade — like most others in the city — is taxpayer subsidized.  Our community also helps make it a success.  Have the profits been reinvested in the very heritage that it celebrates?”

John Mancini is calling “on all responsible members” of the Italian American community “to reflect on the sorry state of our heritage in America … Are the millions of dollars collected in our community being spent wisely?  Are we doing enough to acculturate our children and grandchildren in our millennial heritage?”

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