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IAP 176: Italian America United! A Call to Action For All Italian Americans, with Special Guest Mr. Basil Russo

• 57 min

In the last United States Census, 18.25 million people self identified as Italian or Italian American. Demographers believe there are more than 21 million Americans of Italian descent spread throughout the nation.  By some calculations, we are the fifth-largest ancestry group in the United States… but when it comes to making our voice heard in the halls of power, Italian Americans often seem far less influential than the numbers might suggest. For one Italian American community leader, it's time to address that imbalance.  Basil Russo, President of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA) and the Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations has worked with Italian American leaders from across the country to create Italian America Online… a new digital initiative seeking to identify and connect every Italian American organization in the United States, and eventually -- if this longtime community leader has his way -- all 21 million individuals as well! In this week’s episode, he’ll join us to introduce the first-ever Italian American Community Virtual Summit, an online meeting taking place on February 20, 2021, in which more than 1,200 Italian American organizations are scheduled to participate.  And, he’d like those of you out there who know of others to help spread the word and help to expand this invaluable undertaking. We’ll discuss the “why’s and how’s” of this unprecedented event, explore what the virtual revolution means for Italian America, and of course, share some laughs along the way. It’s a call to action for Italian Americans everywhere… and one we hope you will make sure not to ignore! To sign up for the Italian American Community Virtual Summit, visit Italian America Online today! This episode is sponsored by Mediaset Italia.

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