The Italian American Alliance (IAA) stands against discrimination against ALL people and particularly against discrimination pointed at Italians or Italian Americans. It also serves to protect the national heritage of Italian Americans which includes the preservation of the Great Admiral Christopher Columbus who introduced the Old World to the new World.
The Alliance promotes mutual cooperation among its members, reinforces social welfare ideals with community involvement, and preserves the historical significance and achievements of Italians and Italian Americans.
The Italian American Alliance also serves as an educational and advocacy group to local, state, or federal authorities and to the private sector on matters of interest to Italians and Italian Americans. It also organizes educational and cultural programs.
It stands against discrimination against Italians and Italian Americans as well as discrimination against people of other ethnic or racial groups.
How We Function
The fifteen member Board of Directors of the Italian American Alliance includes
An Executive Committee - comprising the President, The Chairman of the Board, the Secretary, and the Treasurer.
Officers - each of whom is charged with special responsibilities Treasurer, Membership, Operations.
Conveners- Members who consider issues of concern and make recommendations to the full Board as to action the Alliance should take.
The Chairman of the Conveners brings the issue of concern to the attention of the full board which determines how the issue is to be handled by the Alliance.
Now in its third year of existence since it was founded in February 26, 2017, the Italian American Alliance is the fastest growing Italian American organizations in Massachusetts with approximately 700 Members.
It's rapid growth is understandable since its Members are activists engaged in a noble cause. The Alliance has an exciting story to tell. It grew out of the deep resentment that came out of a Cambridge City Council vote to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day.
It was clear from the beginning that the attack on Columbus was actually a veiled attack on Italians and Italian Americans who had experienced discrimination in the past and recognized it in its modern form. It was disappointing that a few Italian Americans themselves had fallen into the anti-Columbus camp.
Something had to be done, so the leaders of the Order of the Sons and Daughters of Italy and the Federation of Italian Organizations (the two leading Italian American organizations in Massachusetts) came together at a special meeting hosted by The St. Joseph's Society in Boston's North End to discuss a strategy that could create an umbrella organization of individuals and associations that would serve as a united voice to defend our cherished Italian heritage.
Out of that meeting came the Italian American Alliance, Inc. whose purpose is to stand against discrimination, to uphold our heritage, and to promote Italian and Italian American ideals through education and social welfare programs.
Since its formation, The Alliance has had a positive influence in preserving Columbus Day.
The ALLIANCE is now building geographic chapters across the state with local leadership. Chapters now exist in Framingham/Ashland, and Marlboro. New Chapters are also being organized in Medford/Somerville, Quincy, Salem, and Worcester with local leadership in each area. This is just the beginning. Over time, we will grow sufficiently into other geographic areas until we have established chapters throughout the state..
The ALLIANCE played a part in advancing Tony De Marco to the International Boxing Hall of Fame this year.
The ALLIANCE filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission about a skit flagrantly insulting Italians, Poles, and African Americans on "Saturday Night Live" .
Efforts to replace Columbus Day in N.H. have been stalled.
The ALLIANCE is waiting to re-enter the fray in Brookline and Pittsfield. We were too tiny to make a difference when those towns voted against Columbus Day. But things are changing as our numbers continue to grow.
While the ALLIANCE is not against any public official, we shall keep note of those who are against us.
The ALLIANCE ENJOYS AFFILIATION WITH: The Sons and Daughters of Italy, The Federation of Italian Organizations, the Pirandello Lyceum, The St. Joseph's Society of Boston, The October as Italian American Month Committee, the Dante Alighieri Society, the Renaissance Lodge of Boston, the Juventus Club, The Christopher Columbus Society of Framingham, The Italian Club of Wellesley, and the Italian American Legislative Caucus.