To date, the VMF has presented the Vito Marcantonio Award to five outstanding progressives who have fought for human justice and equality.*
Since her teenage years, Gale A. Brewer has been active in the struggle against reaction and for progress. As Manhattan Borough President since 2014, she has continued to provide leadership for the progressive community.
The VMF proudly presented the Vito Marcantonio Award to Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer in a ceremony in New York City’s West Village on June 23rd 2019.
Please enjoy the YouTube video of our dramatic and entertaining awards ceremony:
The VMF invites you to attend our upcoming event, Paul Robeson & Vito Marcantonio: Martyrs of McCarthyism on Saturday, December 7th at 5:30PM. Address: Penn South | 343 8TH AVENUE, (Building 8A Community Room) | New York, NY 10001.
* Gale Brewer is the fifth recipient of the Vito Marcantonio Award. The previous four are Annette T. Rubinstein, Ralph Fasanella, Pete Pascale, and Melissa Mark-Viverito.
The Vito Marcantonio Forum proudly presented the Vito Marcantonio Award to Manhattan Borough President, Gale A. Brewer in a ceremony in New York City’s West Village on June 23rd 2019.
A. Brewer was awarded for her outstanding service to the community that she has
served since she began working in politics during the late 1970’s. Mary Anne
Krupsak, the former Lieutenant Governor of New York. From 1978 to 1990, she was
chief of staff to then-New York City Council member Ruth Messinger.
served on the New York City Council for 10 years beginning in 2002. Brewer
helped to enact legislation protecting domestic workers and has chaired
committees that include General Welfare, Higher Education; Housing &
Buildings; Mental Health; Technology; Transportation; and Waterfronts—to name a
was ineligible to run for re-election to the City Council in 2013 because of
term limits. In February 2013 Brewer announced she would run for Manhattan Borough
President. Brewer won the general election on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.
Since receiving the Vito Marcantonio Award, Gale Brewer has written a thank you letter saying “I write to convey my deepest thanks to you and the other members of the Forum for presenting me with the 5th Vito Marcantonio Award on June 23rd at Gaetana’s Restaurant. I so admire Marcantonio’s compassion for the ‘man in the street,’ his incredible perseverance and unflagging spirit, and the inspiration he gave so many through hard times and long struggles for justice.”
Gale A. Brewer is the fifth recipient of the Vito Marcantonio Award. The previous four are Annette T. Rubinstein, Ralph Fasanella, Pete Pascale, and Melissa Mark Viverito. Gale A. Brewer is married to Cal Snyder. They have adopted several children. Their son Mo Sumbundu carries on the family tradition of working in government at the Empire State Development Corp.
Sunday, June 23rd 2019 12:00pm – 4pm (program begins at 1pm)
Music by Los Mas Valientes – Traditional Latin Jazz with a NY Beat Guests will enjoy a delicious Italian cuisine at:
Gaetana’s Restaurant 143 Christopher Street (intersecting Greenwich Street) New York, NY 10014
The Vito Marcantonio Forum (VMF) is presenting the Vito Marcantonio Award to Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, who has represented her constituents in the progressive tradition and has been active in politics since 1975.
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Friends: $20 Supporters: $30 Benefactors: $100
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Left to right: Frank Marcantonio Jr, Esq.; Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer; Speaker of the City Council Melissa Mark-Viverito; Actor/Activist, LuLu LoLo Pascale; Gloria Quiñones, Esq.; VMF Co-chair, Roberto Ragone; Back row: East Harlem Historian, Christopher Bell; VMF Co-chair Gerald Meyer.
December 17, 2017
The Vito Marcantonio Forum (VMF) is especially grateful to LuLu LoLo Pascale, a native East Harlem resident and founding member of the VMF, for her dedicated hard work with Speaker of the City Council, Melissa Mark-Viverito, in accomplishing the goal of naming the northeast corner of East 116th Street and Lexington Avenue in New York City, the Vito Marcantonio Lucky Corner.
The event featured keynote speech from Speaker of the City Council Melissa Mark-Viverito who explained to the large crowd on hand that she is proud to serve the same district that Marcantonio once did.
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer explained how Marcantonio’s legacy should serve as an inspiration for all.
Photo by Gloria Quiñones.
Vito Marcantonio’s first cousin, once removed, Frank L. Marcantonio Jr., Esq., shared his family’s pride in connection to the late, great congressman.
Actor/Activist, LuLu LoLo Pascale, performed her “Personal Memory of Vito Marcantonio” that took place when she was a young girl growing up in East Harlem near his headquarters that was just three blocks from the Lucky Corner.
Melissa Mark-Viverito’s mentor Gloria Quiñones, Esq. discussed the importance of Marcantonio’s place in the history of Puerto Rico and how Marc’s legacy can provide a source of guidance for today’s leaders.
Lucky Corner during Marcantonio’s re-election campaign.
VMF Co-Chairman, Roberto Ragone, performed “Marc for Mayor,” which re-enacted a speech Marcantonio gave at a political rally at the Lucky Corner in 1949.
The ceremony was rounded-out by a poetry reading of The Litany of San Vito, a poem dedicated to Marcantonio that was written by founding VMF member and author of seven books, Gil Fagiani.
The Litany of San Vito was read in three languages: Gloria Quiñones, read the Spanish version, and VMF Vice President Maria Lisella read it in Italian and local Historian Christopher Bell. See the video below for an earlier reading by LuLu LoLo Pascale at Woodlawn Cemetery in 2014:
VMF Co-Chairman, Dr. Gerald Meyer, discussed the history of the Vito Marcantonio Forum that he co-founded in 2011, stating that “the Vito Marcantonio Forum looks forward to memorializing other sites associated with the life and work of this great spokesperson of all those who had been left out of the American Dream and advocate for a program of social justice and peace.”
The ceremony commenced with Melissa Mark-Viverito, along with members of the VMF and residents of East Harlem, pulling a rope that unveiled the street sign that was mounted on the corner lamppost.
We have additional pictures of the Vito Marcantonio Lucky Corner Streetcorner Co-Naming Ceremony posted on our Facebook and Twitter accounts that we encourage you to Like, Share, Comment, and Re-Tweet. We also have pictures in our photo gallery that you can find here.
Below is a video of the unveiling of the Vito Marcantonio Lucky Corner street sign that we thank Dorothy He for providing:
.@MMViverito joins the Vito Marcantonio Forum, relatives of Vito Marcantonio, and members of the East Harlem community for the official unveiling of the "Lucky Corner" street sign at East 116th Street and Lexington Avenue pic.twitter.com/d0ed2OfDiI
We want to thank everyone who attended the fourth annual commemoration of Vito Marcantonio. More than fifty persons of every imaginable background attended the event held at the exact location where Marc fell dead of a heart attach in 1954.
Bronx Borough President Gale Brewer
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Speaker of the City Council Melissa Mark-Viverito, as well as U.S. Attorney and Easy Harlem Community Activist Gloria Quinones, Gloria spoke about Marc’s tremendous contributions to Puerto Rico right to benefit from its association with the United States while fighting for its independence, and the need to day for pubic officials to follow in his example.
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We will soon post a video of today’s event on our YouTube channel. Roberto Ragone did an excellent job writing content, organizing, and emceeing. Below is the run of show so you get an idea of what transpired:
Speaker of the City Council, Melissa Mark-Viverito
Vito Marcantonio: Fourth Annual Commemoration
3:00-3:10pm – Roberto Ragone as emcee makes welcoming remarks and introduces Gil Fagiani, who along with Simone Cinotto, will recite his poem, The Litany of San Vito
3:10-3:30pm – Public Officials speak:
Hon. Melissa Mark-Viverito, Speaker of the NYC Council
Hon. Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
Gloria Quinones, East Harlem Community Activist, Attorney, Advocate
3:30-3:45pm – Reading of “The People’s Proclamation for Vito Marcantonio”
LuLu LoLo Pascale
LuLu LoLo Pascale
3:45-3:55pm – Dr. Gerald Meyer on the significance of site of the event| 3:55-4:00pm – LuLu LoLo Pascale performs a dramatization 4:00-4:09 pm – Intro. to dramatization and dramatization of Vito Marcantonio by Roberto Ragone 4:09-4:15 pm Closing Remarks – Dr. Gerald Meyer (on the importance of volunteers and supporting our future events given Marcantonio’s relevance)
Professor Gerald Meyer discusses the late, great Vito Marcantonio while community activist Gloria Quinones and Gale Brewer look on.