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Commission for Social Justice® Announces Italian Pride and Unity Day

Press Conference to be Held Outside HBO Headquarters on Emmy Night

Contact: Diane E. Crespy, (202) 547-2900 dcrespy@osia.org

Washington, D.C., Sept. 1, 2000 - The National Commission for Social Justice® (CSJ), its New York State chapter and other Italian-American organizations will be holding an Italian Pride & Unity Day which will include a press conference on negative media stereotyping of Italian Americans, Sept. 10 at 4:00 p.m. outside the HBO Headquarters in New York City.

The CSJ is asking proud Italian Americans, and non-Italian Americans, to attend the press conference and make a stand against the continuous defamation of Italian-Americans in the entertainment and media industries, particularly HBO's series "The Sopranos." All individuals who feel that a balanced image of Italian-Americans is long overdue are encouraged to come out to HBO headquarters at 1100 Avenue of the Americas (between 42nd and 43rd Streets).

A press conference will take place to express the Italian-American community's outrage at the media's catering to the lowest denominator by producing programming hyping negative stereotypes. September 10 is the day of the Emmy Awards, being held in Los Angeles, for which "The Sopranos" has received numerous nominations.

The CSJ encourages participation and support at the actual event. Proud Italian Americans willing to donate their time for their heritage should contact Sylvia Summa at 718-384-7915 or National CSJ President John Dabbene at 718-984-5404.

The Commission for Social Justice® is the anti-defamation arm of the Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA), the world's largest grassroots organization of Italian-American men and women. The CSJ works to ensure equal concern, treatment, respect, freedom, and opportunity for all people regardless or race, ethnicity, religion, sex, or age. The CSJ is particularly dedicated to eradicating negative portrayals of Italian Americans and replacing them with positive, affirming images. For more information write to CSJ, 219 E St., NE, Washington, DC 20002, email csj@osia.org, and visit the CSJ on the Internet at www.osia.org.