Vito Marcantonio Forum

Vito Marcantonio Forum Cultural political historical society dedicated to continuing the work of the late, great Vito Marcantonio: New York City's all-time top politician.
Not for profit without 501(c)(3) status. We provide free, cultural, and educational events for the community. If you are interested in becoming a member, send an email to [email protected]

Educational Organization

Mission: The Vito Marcantonio Forum (VMF) brings together people, from a wide variety of backgrounds, interested in disseminating and sharing knowledge of the life and work of Vito Marcantonio (1902 to 1954), who served as Congressman for East Harlem.

05/29/2019
REaP-Ragone Enterprises and Productions

REaP-Ragone Enterprises and Productions

SAVE THE DATE!!!

Come Support the 5th Vito Marcantonio Award Presentation

Vito Marcantonio Forum is

honoring

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer

with the

Vito Marcantonio Award

Sunday, June 23 from 12pm to 4pm

The program itself will begin around 1:00pm.

Gaetana's Restaurant

143 Christopher Street (intersecting Greenwich Street)

Minimum Donation Requested:

Friends: $20

Supporters: $30

Patrons: $50

Benefactors: $100

For more details, email [email protected]

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REaP-Ragone Enterprises and Productions
05/17/2019

REaP-Ragone Enterprises and Productions

This Saturday night at 9:30pm at the Royal Theatre - 358 West 44th Street. I play FBI Director, J. Edgard Hoover (i,e, the villain) in tribute to Malcolm X entitled Malcolm X Anthology Showcase. Tickets vary from $25 to $50.

04/30/2019
U.S. Democratic Socialists

U.S. Democratic Socialists

Martin Luther Kings legendary speech of the "Other America" is more relevant now than ever. Everyone needs to hear his words.

East Harlem's First Historic District! - MAS
04/24/2019
East Harlem's First Historic District! - MAS

East Harlem's First Historic District! - MAS

East Harlem’s first historic district was approved for inclusion in the State Register of Historic Places on March 21 2019 and will soon also be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Join Landmark East Harlem for a walk around this historically and architecturally significant neighbo...

04/23/2019

The area around the historic monastery on a Hill in Picerno

04/23/2019

Video of the doors donated by Carmine Curcio, a prestigious heart surgeon from the care who worked in the United Atates, came back and provided funding for the doors. He also published a book consisting of a summary of a book by Dr. Gerald Meyer whose book is entitled Vito Marcantonio: Radical Politician (1902-1954), and a selection of speeches of Vito Marcantonio - The People's Congressman from I Vote My Conscience

04/23/2019

A stop after leaving the monastery with Gary Bono and Saverio Romeo

The prior signage of Via Vito Marcantonio and posing with the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Picern and members of the commun...
04/22/2019

The prior signage of Via Vito Marcantonio and posing with the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Picern and members of the community after Roberto Ragine did a dramatization and three actors performed a skit about Vito Marcantonio that they write and high school students performed a skit about Vito Marcantonio - The People's Congressman that they wrote.

04/22/2019

Another video of the art exhibit

Photos with our hosts at the book event and at the restaurant and some images of what we ate that night. Look at the hea...
04/22/2019

Photos with our hosts at the book event and at the restaurant and some images of what we ate that night.

Look at the heater used to warm up the room in the historic building.

04/22/2019

An art exhibit going on at the same time as the book presentation

More photos of book presentation, out door scenes of Picerno at night, and a building honoring those who fought for one ...
04/22/2019

More photos of book presentation, out door scenes of Picerno at night, and a building honoring those who fought for one of the earlier efforts to create a United Italy in 1799. There was an older sign to establish a Via Vito Marcantonio.

04/22/2019

Some more Matera

04/22/2019

Some more Matera

04/22/2019

More Matera

04/22/2019

Moment of comic relief at book presentation in Picerno. Because weather was cool in mountains of Picerno. Roberto Ragone got a chance to make two fashion statements in under two minutes: Because it was cool, Roberto Ragone tried to be kool. Standing to the right is Gary Bono

More photos of Matera including our stop at a restaurant. The restauranteur told me in Italy you don't put your hat on a...
04/22/2019

More photos of Matera including our stop at a restaurant.

The restauranteur told me in Italy you don't put your hat on a table used for eating nor on the bed. The bed was where you laid the dead so you need to give the dead respect.

Photos of Matera. Besides being the European city of culture for 2019 whose foundation funded the visits of Gary Bono an...
04/22/2019

Photos of Matera. Besides being the European city of culture for 2019 whose foundation funded the visits of Gary Bono and Roberto Ragone of the Vito Marcantonio Forum to speak about and for me to dramatize Vito Marcantonio - The People's Congressman, the city was used by Mel Gibson to film The Passion. It was amazing how the city was ready made for such a film. Check it out @Anton Evangelista

04/22/2019

Photos of Matera. Besides being the European city of culture for 2019 whose foundation funded the visits of Gary Bono and Roberto Ragone of the Vito Marcantonio Forum to speak about and for me to dramatize Vito Marcantonio - The People's Congressman, the city was used by Mel Gibson to film The Passion. It was amazing how the city was ready made for such a film. Check it out @Anton Evangelista

04/22/2019

Visit to Mantera in Basilicata. Chosen as the European city of culture for this year. Video in the form of a story. The Mantera Foundation funded the visit of two representatives of the Vito Marcantonio Forum to speak about - and for me to dramatize - Vito Marcantonio - The People's Congressman the two reps were Roberto Ragone and Gary Bono

More photos of the film library and the book conference at Picerno, the town where the parents of Vito Marcantonio - The...
04/22/2019

More photos of the film library and the book conference at Picerno, the town where the parents of Vito Marcantonio - The People's Congressman are from. We represented the Vito Marcantonio Forum Book presentation sponsored by Matera Foundation. Then a walk in the town and view of a gold door with carvings that show history of the townzd, donated by Carmine Curcio!, a famous heart surgeon from the town.

Then arriving at restored historic building where a book presentation took place and also has displays of traditional cu...
04/22/2019

Then arriving at restored historic building where a book presentation took place and also has displays of traditional customary garb of various towns un Basilicata. They are as Los setting up a library with books on filmmaking along with video selection of Italian films.

Photos with Saverio Romeo and with the Deputy Mayor while at the monastery in Picerno.
04/22/2019

Photos with Saverio Romeo and with the Deputy Mayor while at the monastery in Picerno.

04/22/2019

Video from visit to the conference on Vito Marcantonio - The People's Congressman representing the Vito Marcantonio Forum. #vitomarcantonioforum #vitomarcantonio

More photos of the Conference on Vito Marcantonio - The People's Congressman representing Vito Marcantonio Forum. A visi...
04/21/2019

More photos of the Conference on Vito Marcantonio - The People's Congressman representing Vito Marcantonio Forum. A visit to a park, the mountains, and historic monastery that decades ago had an underground path to the main town. I may need Gary Bono to help me recall. It also turns out that on the other side of some of those mountains is the valley and town where Roberto Ragone family is from.

More photos from the Conference in Picerno representing the Vito Marcantonio Forum to discuss and dramatize Vito Marcant...
04/21/2019

More photos from the Conference in Picerno representing the Vito Marcantonio Forum to discuss and dramatize Vito Marcantonio - The People's Congressman whose family is from Basilicata, Italy. Thanks to Matera Foundation (Matera being the cultural city of Europe this year) Gary Bono and I were able to go. It included a visit to a non-profit that helps the physically disadvantaged, and displays teaching people about the Italian Constition anger government and a display and audio interviews of people who fought against the mafia. Includes some photos of Gary in the dining area where we stayed and a few with Saverio Romeo, our point person.

Here are photos and videos of my trip to Picerno, Italy with Gary Bono representing the Vito Marcantonio Forum where we ...
04/21/2019

Here are photos and videos of my trip to Picerno, Italy with Gary Bono representing the Vito Marcantonio Forum where we participated in giving scholarly and artistic presentations of Vito Marcantonio - The People's Congressman. Shout to Gerald Meyer whose research and writings proved valuable at the event. Shout out to Saverio romeo who coordinated with us and Renato Cantore, who led one of the discussions. Shout out also to my fellow board members Maria Lisella and @Adam Milat meyer

East Harlem's First Historic District! - MAS
04/16/2019
East Harlem's First Historic District! - MAS

East Harlem's First Historic District! - MAS

East Harlem’s first historic district was approved for inclusion in the State Register of Historic Places on March 21 2019 and will soon also be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Join Landmark East Harlem for a walk around this historically and architecturally significant neighbo...

East Harlem's First Historic District! - MAS
04/16/2019
East Harlem's First Historic District! - MAS

East Harlem's First Historic District! - MAS

East Harlem’s first historic district was approved for inclusion in the State Register of Historic Places on March 21 2019 and will soon also be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Join Landmark East Harlem for a walk around this historically and architecturally significant neighbo...

04/14/2019
Is America Ready for FDR?

Is America Ready for FDR?

As Democratic Socialists like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are preparing for the Green New Deal, can we take a look at the founder of the New ...

Thank you Adam Milat-Meyer for sending this image to me. On behalf of the Vito Marcantonio Forum, Gary Bono and I will p...
04/06/2019

Thank you Adam Milat-Meyer for sending this image to me. On behalf of the Vito Marcantonio Forum, Gary Bono and I will participate in a conference in Picerno, Italy - in the town where the parents of Vito Marcantonio - The People's Congressman are originally from. We will be doing an academic presentation. I will also do a dramatization of Vito Marcantonio as part of a theatrical presentation. I will also discuss my various projects on Marcantonio, including my recently sold out one-man show. Kudos to Gerald Meyer and Maria Lisella - the co chair and vice chair, respectively of the Vito Marcantonio Forum for promoting the event. And Stephen Siciliano who brought attention to us in Italy through his compelling blog articles.

Thank you Adam Milat-Meyer for sending this image to me. On behalf of the Vito Marcantonio Forum, Gary Bono and I will participate in a conference in Picerno, Italy - in the town where the parents of #VitoMarcantonio - the People's Congressman are originally from. We will be doing an academic presentation. I will also do a dramatization of Vito Marcantonio as part of a theatrical presentation. I will also discuss my various projects on Marcantonio, including my recently sold out one-man show. Kudos to Gerald Meyer and Maria Lisella - the co chair and vice chair, respectively of the Vito Marcantonio Forum for promoting the event. And Stephen Siciliano who brought attention to us in Italy through his compelling blog articles.

The VMF is proud to announce Picerno, Italy is celebrating Marcantonio with a three day festival beginning August 9th!
04/06/2019

The VMF is proud to announce Picerno, Italy is celebrating Marcantonio with a three day festival beginning August 9th!

Thanks for this posting Roberto Ragone !!!
04/01/2019
REaP-Ragone Enterprises and Productions

Thanks for this posting Roberto Ragone !!!

Branch Rickey, the manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, is too often portrayed as the one man effort to end the color and desegregate Major League Baseball, thereby making it possible for Jackie Robinson to play. The movie about Jackie Robinson is no exception. However, others played a role including NYS Governor Thomas Dewey, NYC Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, and, of course, Congressman Vito Marcantonio! #VitoMarcantonio #VitoMarcantonioForum Vito Marcantonio Forum Vito Marcantonio Forum Vito Marcantonio - The People's Congressman

03/11/2019
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders

This Fox News judge does a great job explaining why President Trump is in real trouble.

Thank you Gloria Quinones for this photo. That bird contains the spirit of Vito Marcantonio observing the ceremonies. I ...
02/28/2019

Thank you Gloria Quinones for this photo. That bird contains the spirit of Vito Marcantonio observing the ceremonies. I have a had two other occasions in my life where something significant like this. At an uncle's funeral, released doves refused to fly away until everyone finished passing the coffin to pay their respects. And at a wedding, a wind came out of no where to gently gush through representing the bride's late father approving the wedding. Roberto Ragone REaP-Ragone Enterprises and Productions Vito Marcantonio - The People's Congressman Vito Marcantonio Forum

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