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Sons of Italy® Launches Syndicated Anti-Defamation Column

Press Contact: Kylie Cafiero, (202) 547-2900

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 12, 2005 A free monthly column on the most pressing anti-defamation issues concerning Italian Americans has been launched by the Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA), the nation's oldest and largest organization for men and women of Italian heritage.

The column, Sempre Avanti, will be written by OSIA's deputy executive director, Dona De Sanctis, who also coordinates the activities of the Commission for Social Justice® (CSJ), OSIA's anti-defamation arm.

The CSJ fights the stereotyping of Italian Americans by the U.S. entertainment, advertising, and media industries. It also conducts research on the achievements and contributions of Italian Americans to the United States.

"The purpose of this column is to help concerned Italian Americans become better informed about the most important issues facing our community and encourage them to take action," says Joseph Sciame, OSIA national president.

"The column will offer facts, statistics and other evidence about the damage that stereotyping does, especially to children," says Albert DeNapoli, CSJ national president. "But it also will highlight the history and achievements of Italian Americans."

OSIA offers the column at no charge to all interested newspapers and newsletters. It will be emailed to editors at the beginning of each month.

To receive the column, please contact Kylie Cafiero, OSIA communications manager, at

The read the first column, Shark Tale: Was It Worth It? Click Here

Established in 1905, OSIA has a network of more than 700 chapters coast to coast. OSIA works at the community, national and international levels to promote the heritage and culture of an estimated 26 million Italian Americans, the nation's fifth largest ethnic group, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. To learn more, visit OSIA on the Web at