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OSIA Launches Grass Roots Phone-In Campaign RE: Alito Nomination

Press Contact: Kylie Cafiero, (202) 547-2900 kcafiero@osia.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 21, 2005 - The Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA), the nation's oldest and largest organization for men and women of Italian heritage, is urging its members and other concerned Italian Americans to call their Senators to express their opinion of Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr.'s nomination to the United States Supreme Court.

Phone calls rather than letters are more persuasive in helping members of Congress gauge what their constituents want them to do. It is especially important for Italian Americans whose senators are on the Judiciary Committee, and the so-called Gang of Fourteen, to call these key senators. Click Here to see a list of members of the Judiciary Committee.

The telephone campaign is the latest in a number of initiatives that OSIA has undertaken since President George W. Bush announced his nomination of Judge Alito on October 31.

OSIA press releases, letters and official statements regarding the Alito nomination have been sent to its members and supporters coast to coast as well as to the Italian America® media, the Coalition Against Racial, Religious and Ethnic Stereotyping (CARRES), other Italian American organizations and advocacy groups, the Italian Press and the U.S. media.

OSIA has more than 600,000 members and supporters and 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. See www.osia.org.