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Italian American Role in History of U.S. Civil Rights, Topic of New Report from Sons of Italy®

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 2, 2006 The role men and women of Italian heritage have played in protecting the civil rights of American Indians, African Americans, workers, women and the poor is the subject of a new report from the Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA), the oldest and largest organization in the United States for men and women of Italian descent.

Believed to be the first such study of its kind, With Liberty For All: Italian Americans & Civil Rights, was researched and released by OSIA's anti-defamation arm, the Sons of Italy® Commission for Social Justice® (CSJ).

It profiles the most notable Italian Americans who promoted social justice, from the 18th and 19th century missionaries, who worked with American Indian tribes to Italian American lawmakers, who were active in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. The report reveals that:

"It is most regrettable that the impressive record of Italian Americans as civil rights activists has been overshadowed by the likes of fictional Italian American gangsters like Tony Soprano," says CSJ National President Albert De Napoli, Esq.

Click Here to read With Liberty For All: Italian Americans & Civil Rights.

For a free printed copy, send stamped ($1.95), self-addressed envelope to OSIA Civil Rights Report, 219 E Street NE, Washington, DC 20002.

OSIA has more than 600,000 members and supporters and a network of 700 chapters coast to coast. It 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.