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Video of Nelson A. Denis book presentation of War Against All Puerto Ricans

Vito Marcantonio Forum founding member, David M. Giglio, has produced another masterpiece. It’s important that people see it, so please share it on social media, email blasts, and whatever platform you prefer.

Nelson A. Denis’ War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony,  has excellent reviews and it is highly recommended that you purchase the book here.

It’s difficult to describe how moving Denis is… perhaps this picture of the crowd on hand at the event will give you an idea of how enthralling each performance was:

vito marcantonio forum with nelson denis book presentation crowd shot 2016

vito marcantonio forum with nelson denis book presentation crowd shot 2016

Congratulating Poet Laureate, Maria Lisella

The Vito Marcantonio Forum’s Vice President, Maria Lisella, has been named the 6th Poet Laureate of Queens, NY.

Maria Lisella sworn in as poet laureate 2015

Maria Lisella sworn in as poet laureate 2015

For many years, Maria Lisella wrote about her travels. She has visited over 60 countries and her work has appeared in the Dallas Morning News, FOXNews.com, AFAR, Sherman’s Travel, Travel and Leisure, German Life Magazine, Global Foodie, The New York Daily News, Spa Review Magazine, Travel to Wellness yet never leave the travel trades: Agent at Home, Travel Age West, Travel Market Report, Travel Weekly, Jax Fax Travel Marketing and more.

NYQ Books has recently released Thieves in the Family, Her work has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Poetry Prize award for work appearing in Amore on Hope St. (Finishing Line Press) and Two Naked Feet (Poets Wear Prada) as well as The New York Quarterly, Paterson Literary Review, Skidrow Penthouse, Feile Festa, FoxHill Review, Gradiva, New Verse News, Philadelphia Poets. Co-curate Italian American Writers Association literary readings at Cornelia St. Cafe and Sidewalk Cafe in New York City.

maria Lisella with the selection committee for the poet laureate

Maria Lisella with the selection committee for the poet laureate

In 2011, Maria Lisella joined forces with as many people she knew interested and was successful in launching the Vito Marcantonio Forum. In 2013 she rand for Vice President of the nonprofit and was elected in 2013.

Ms. Lisella has been especially helpful to the VMF in organizing numerous public events, writing press releases, and publicizing. It’s amazing how much press she is able to generate both in the United States and abroad.

The acting officers and members of the organization are grateful for her outstanding service and commitment to the organization. For an interesting interview on the subject, please see the NY1 article and video.

Morgan Powell — Community Activist, Environmentalist, and Historian

Morgan Powell (1973-2014)

Morgan Powell on Bronx News Net TV

We are saddened to announce the loss of our friend and founding member, Morgan Powell. Morgan was an impressive activist and had such love for the history of the Bronx. It was this passion that brought him to the Vito Marcantonio Forum. Morgan shared his knowledge of the neighborhoods that Marcantonio touched. His community involvement and connections to local press outlets, led to the first televised interview with VMF member Roberto Ragone and Morgan on BronxNet.org. Click here to see the interview. 

Morgan was an active member of the Vito Marcantonio Forum and wrote an impressive article listing the major political and civic landmarks in Vito Marcantonio’s New York. Click here to read the article.

We found out about Morgan’s tragic death from www.welcome2thebronx.com and we wanted to share the touching slideshow they posted on their site (see below).

Here is an audio version of Morgan Powell’s walking tour:

Here is an update from Bronx News 12 about Morgan’s passing:

If you have any information about Morgan’s death or if you know how we can contact any of his close friends or family please contact VMF Treasurer Adam Milat-Meyer at 347.813.1396

We will be honoring Morgan Powell at our next event on Sunday, Oct 19th 2014, from 12pm to 4pm, at Gaetana’s Cucina Italiana (143 Christopher St, NYC). Please join us.

Vito Marcantonio Phenomenon at Gaetana's in NYC October 19th 2014

Get there early!

Join us on August 9th 2014 for the 60th anniversary of Marcantonio’s death

60th anniversary of Marcantonio's death -- commemoration at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx

Check out our video promoting the 60th Anniversary commemoration of the death of legendary Congressman Vito Marcantonio (2 min and 42 seconds)

Woodlawn Cemetery’s chief historian, Susan Olsen, will conduct a walking tour after visiting Marcantonio’s gravesite, where there will speeches by the world’s top experts on the late, great congressman. Don’t miss it!!!

Vito Marcantonio (1902-1954):  A Synopsis of Large Life

Vito Marcantonio was undeniably America’s most electorally successful radical politician of the last century.

Living his entire life in East Harlem, he built a coalition joining the Italian American, Puerto Rican, and African American communities.

From 1934 to 1950, he won seven electoral terms; initially running as a maverick Republican, in 1938 he declared himself a member of the American Labor Party.

Marc became one of the most active and effective members of the US House of Representatives.  He defended Italian Americans against discrimination. He was the floor leader for major civil rights legislation, submitted five bills for Puerto Rico’s independence, led the fight against the Cold War, championed the rights of the foreign-born, and rallied to prevent the passage of the anti-labor Taft-Hartley Act. During his last term, he cast the sole dissenting votes against both the Korean War and the contempt citations handed down by the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

At the age of fifty-one, Marcantonio fell dead of a massive heart attack just steps from New York’s City Hall.

Marc traveled with a crucifix in his pocket, was known among his constituents as “Our Marc” and “The Bread of the Poor,” yet  Cardinal Spellman denied him a Catholic burial.

Dr. W.E.B. DuBois and Marcantonio’s mentor, Dr. Leonard Covello, served as honorary pall bearers. Paul Robeson issued a statement eulogizing Marc.

Marcantonio’s  wife, Miriam Sanders, and closest associates organized The Vito Marcantonio Memorial,  which published I Vote My Conscience, a book of his speeches, writings and debates, created by his close associate, Annette T. Rubinstein.

Following a funeral procession through East Harlem that saw thousands lining the streets to bid him farewell, Marcantonio was laid to rest near the grave of his other mentor, Fiorello LaGuardia, in New York’s non-denominational historical Woodlawn Cemetery in the Northwest Bronx.

Fifty nine years later, members of the Vito Marcantonio Forum paid tribute to this political leader by visiting his grave site to honor his fights for justice.

Dedicated to creating awareness about his life and accomplishments, the Vito Marcantonio Forum is encouraging even more people to visit his resting place this year on Saturday, August 9, 2014, when the group commemorates the 60th Anniversary of his death. Marcantonio  is a model for politicians, who face many of the same issues today.

so you wanna be italian by anna filameno

So You Wanna Be Italian? by Anna Filameno | Book Party | July 10th, 2014

The Italian American Museum Presents a Book Party Thurs July 10th 2014 @ 6:30pm for


An Artist’s Journey Exploring Her Roots

By Anna Filameno

Introduction by Gerald Meyer, Co-Chairman of the Vito Marcantonio Forum
Book Presentation by Anna Filameno
by Roberto Ragone, Co-Chairman of the VMF
Reading by LuLu LoLo Pascale, East Harlem Performance Artist

So You Wanna Be Italian? – An Artist’s Journey Exploring Her Roots is a series of vignettes on various famous Italian figures who have had influence on the life of Anna Filameno. Anna gives us a unique experience as she explores her Italian roots. Each page has a beautiful background graphic art illustration that helps tell the story of each vignette.
Through a tour-de-force of powerful images and experiences, sometimes dreamlike and poetic, sometimes biographical, we learn the potent force Italian figures such as Valentino, Fellini, Sinatra, Anna Magnani, Aradia “la strega”… and many others had on her life… how in exploring her relation to them Anna more fully realized her relationship to herself… and how we can be inspired to do the same in our own lives.
The author will be giving a book presentation that includes readings by performance artists at the Italian American Museum… Don’t miss it!
italian american museum logo Thursday, July 10th
Suggested donation of $10 per person  
Italian American Museum
155 Mulberry Street
(Corner of Grand and Mulberry Streets)
New York, NY 10013 


To reserve a place for this event, please call the Italian American Museum at
(212) 965-9000


email: ItalianAmericanMuseum@gmail.com

For information on the Museum’s Travel Program, please call Jeannie Russo-Winner at
(718) 597-1414

The IAM is chartered by the University of the State of New York and has a 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS. 

Simone Cinotto’s, The Italian American Table book party and discussion

The Mulberry Street Branch of the New York Public Library is hosting the Vito Marcantonio Forum and the Italian American Writers Association’s book party and discussion of Simone Cinotto’s

The Italian American Table

2pm on Saturday, May 10, 2014

italian american table

WHAT: Book party, dramatic reading and discussion of Simone Cinotto’s, The Italian American Table: Food, Family and Community in New York City.
Looking at the Italian-American community of East Harlem in the 1920s and 30s, Cinotto demonstrates how food was at the center of the lives of immigrants and their children.
From generational conflicts resolved around the family table to a vibrant food-based economy of ethnic producers, importers, and restaurateurs, food was essential to the creation of an Italian-American identity. Italian-American foods offered not only sustenance but also powerful narratives of community and difference, tradition and innovation as immigrants made their way through a city divided by class conflict, ethnic hostility, and racialized inequalities.

WHO: Simone Cinotto is currently Visiting Scholar at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) at New York University, 2013-2014. He teaches U.S., European, and Italian History at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, Pollenzo, Italy, where he is the Director of the Master’s Program in “Food Culture and Communications: Food, Place, and Identities.” He is also a co-director of the upcoming NYU-UNIGS Joint International Conference, “What Did the Jews Eat: A Global History of Jewish Food,” taking place in June 2014.

WHEN: Saturday, May 10, 2014; from 2-4PM. Free admission.

LOCATION: 10 Jersey St., corner of Mulberry and Prince Sts. between Lafayette and Mulberry Streets, one block south of E. Houston Street.

Check out the event listing and description on the New York Public Library’s site.

Directions: B/D/F/M trains to Broadway/Lafayette, the 6 train to Bleecker Street, or the R train to Prince Street. The library is handicapped accessible. www.nypl.org