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defend Columbus in
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Welcome to the website of the New York State Commission for Social Justice (CSJ), Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA).  The NYS CSJ is focused on combating defamation of Italians, Italian Americans and other groups.  Our two primary goals are:

  •    To fight bias, bigotry, and defamation of Italians and Italian Americans as well as other groups.

  •    To promote a positive image of Italians and Americans of Italian descent through our programs, our positive image materials such as posters, pamphlets, bookcovers, bookmarks, etc., and our first video-documentary entitled “Italian American Recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor,” a TELLY Award Winner.

    Our website contains information pertaining to the NYS CSJ work in fighting bias, and bigotry and in promoting a positive image of Italian Americans.  We invite you to take advantage of the programs within and encourage your participation, comments and suggestions. 

    Remember - if you are a member of OSIA, you are a member of the CSJ!

    2023 NYS OSDIA/CSJ "La Bella Lingua Awards" 

    In January "La Bella Lingua Award" selection process began with Applications mailed to each of the NYS OSDIA/CSJ District's High School that offers Italian Language courses. The mailing’s cover letter requests the HS Italian Language Teachers select one of their most qualified graduating seniors (completing at least three years of Italian Language courses) to participate.  The school must then submit two copies of their applicant’s official transcript, letter of recommendation, completed application and student’s essay. All graduating High School students, completing at least three years of Italian Language Courses, may ask their Italian Language teacher if they may be considered as their High Schools’ “La Bella Lingua Award” candidate.   The student selected by their District’s NYS OSDIA/CSJ “La Bella Lingua Award’ Committee will be presented with a $500 check drawn from the New York State Grand Lodge Foundation, Inc., and the "La Bella Lingua Award" certificate.  All questions may be addressed to Mary Ann Rispoli, NYS OSDIA/CSJ “La Bella Lingua Award” Program Chairperson at marispoli@verizon.net.


    The Vigiano Brothers Lodge and New York CSJ is still feeling the loss of our beloved member and friend Louis J Gallo.
    Lou was  a living legend with his knowledge of Christopher Columbus and his Columbus presentations will be greatly missed.
    His family will be holding a Memorial mass on Saturday April 30,2022 at 12:00 in the afternoon
    at Infant Jesus Church, 110 Myrtle Avenue, Port Jefferson, New York 11777
    The church is just off Route 25A a half a mile south of Port Jefferson village.


    A Message from CSJ President
    Robert Ferrito

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,


    I wanted to share some positive news as there was another victory in this never-ending battle against Christopher Columbus and his legacy in the Italian American community.

    A judge has ordered the City of Philadelphia to remove the plywood box that was placed over a statue of Christopher Columbus after the 2020 protests.

    Please pass on this great news as we continue to defend our heritage and culture. To read more, use the linked article below.



    Robert M. Ferrito

    President, Commission for Social Justice

    Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America

  • Setting the Record Straight About Columbus by Rev. Andrew Corrozza, State Chaplain for the Grand Lodge of New York, Order Sons of Italy

    Columbus Day Podcast from DePaul University featuring Louis Gallo Interview

    Columbus, Fact vs Fiction A must read article by OSIA

    A new Two Page Color Brochure telling the truth and real facts about Columbus

    Three letters written June 17 2020 regarding the ongoing Christopher Columbus battle:

        Letter to the Mayor of Philadelphia regarding removal of Columbus statue
        Letter to the Mayor of West Orange regarding teaching the truths and real facts about Columbus
        Letter to the New York State Attorney General regarding making damaging or vandalizing a Columbus statue a hate crime

    Mother Cabrini bookmarks

    Garibaldi Meucci Museum