Fabrizio Di Michele, the Consul General of Italy in New York, hosted a grand reception on Saturday, July 23 to honor and celebrate the emerging bond between the Italian government and The Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations (COPOMIAO). Held at the Italian Consulate headquarters in NYC, the gathering reflects an ongoing...

The Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations (COPOMIAO) unveiled its bold agenda for the coming year at its annual membership meeting in NYC in late July. President Basil M. Russo presented the delegates of the 58 member organizations with a detailed breakdown of three major initiatives. Developing a comprehensive campaign t...

The Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations (COPOMIAO) is working closely with the New Jersey Italian Heritage Commission (NJIHC) on the national rollout of an equitable, diverse and inclusive curriculum model that uses heritage as a guide to better educate U.S. students in both public and private schools. It is titled: The...

Ciao from Rome!  Dear friends, another month has passed, and I was so happy to meet again a lot of fantastic Italian American friends in the delegation of the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations, here in Rome. Too much time has passed! A special thanks to my friend Basil Russo, leader of the Conference. Please enjoy her...

It was a historic week in Rome and within Vatican City as a delegation of Italian American leaders met with government officials and Pope Francis to advance cultural and religious initiatives — and to set the stage for new economic opportunities — between the U.S. and Italy. The delegation, assembled by Judge Basil M. Russo — who leads The Conferen...

In an unprecedented move, Italian and Italian American governmental, business and advocacy leaders are coming together from May 10-14 to spur partnerships that deepen cultural activism and create economic growth. This historic summit was organized by Judge Basil M. Russo, who leads the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organization...

The journey to elevate the visibility and influence of Italian Americans in our society began for me in early 2021, after I was elected to lead the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations (COPOMIAO). Still mired in the pandemic at that time, it all felt like a darkening dream: toppled Columbus statues, renamed holidays, can...

Attorney George Bochetto, who is running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, will hold a rally at Pittsburgh’s Columbus statue in Schenley Park on Saturday, April 23 at 1 p.m. Bochetto, a member of Italian Sons and Daughters of America, filed a lawsuit in late 2020 on behalf of ISDA to block the removal of the 50-foot Columbus statue, which was paid f...

Italy has wonderful representatives in the United States who tell its story, exalt its culture and language, narrate its traditions and innovations, its places and its beauties. To see them from Italy, where we are always ready to describe only our worst things, is exciting. One of the most competent people I have met in this field is also a person...