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]

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]

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So happy to have my #stepmother poem Stepping in the current issue of Big City Lit
08/23/2021
Summer 2021 – Big City Lit

So happy to have my #stepmother poem Stepping in the current issue of Big City Lit

Summer 2021 POETRYGrown Men and their Toys by Christopher ClaussThe Necessity of Lancing by Greg HutesonA SHORT HISTORY OF MY LONG HAIR by Peggy LandsmanAmong Grotesque Trees by Millicent AccardiAnisomelia by Lauren ScharhagBaggage Reclaim by Ben NardolilliAn element of unfairness. by DS MaolalaiA S...

So happy to have my #stepmother poem Stepping in the current issue of Big City Lit
08/23/2021
Summer 2021 – Big City Lit

So happy to have my #stepmother poem Stepping in the current issue of Big City Lit

Summer 2021 POETRYGrown Men and their Toys by Christopher ClaussThe Necessity of Lancing by Greg HutesonA SHORT HISTORY OF MY LONG HAIR by Peggy LandsmanAmong Grotesque Trees by Millicent AccardiAnisomelia by Lauren ScharhagBaggage Reclaim by Ben NardolilliAn element of unfairness. by DS MaolalaiA S...

Poetry Friday: "In the company of trees"
07/30/2021
Poetry Friday: "In the company of trees"

Poetry Friday: "In the company of trees"

"When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: Be still! Be still! Look at me!" -- Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962) The Pic-Nic, oil on canvas by Thomas Cole, 1846; Brooklyn Museum, New York Today we share a wonderful poem by Maria Lisella, who was nam...

Watch Coming For The King online - Prime Video
07/08/2021
Watch Coming For The King online - Prime Video

Watch Coming For The King online - Prime Video

Coming for the King is a fictional account of the events and the people that surrounded Martin Luther King Jr. from early 1963 until his untimely demise in the Spring of 1968.

Coming For The King
07/06/2021
Coming For The King

Coming For The King

From Everyday The Brand Inc. PRO on April 12, 2021 MATURE A fictional account of the events and the people that surrounded Martin Luther King Jr. from early 1963 until his untimely demise in the Spring of 1968.                                     WATCH NOW FOR: $3.99

04/23/2021
#ComingfortheKing  Written, directed, and produced by Jermaine Smith  #everydaythebrand I am cast as Fisher, a racist FB...
04/04/2021
"Coming For The King" Trailer

#ComingfortheKing

Written, directed, and produced by Jermaine Smith #everydaythebrand

I am cast as Fisher, a racist FBI agent.

"Coming for the King" is a fictional account of the events and the people that surrounded Martin Luther King Jr. from early 1963 until his untimely demise in...

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03/16/2021
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Jenna Bliss The People’s Detox 2018 Video, color, sound 57:45 min March 8 – April 18, 2021 (Schaufenster am Hofgarten & online) In her 2018 film The People’s Detox, Jenna Bliss uses documentary storytelling to explore the history of a revolutionary drug clinic in New York City in the 1970s tha...

VMF Co-Chairman Gerald Meyer will be presenting *La Guardia and the Left* for the New Haven Free Public Library's Books ...
03/15/2021

VMF Co-Chairman Gerald Meyer will be presenting *La Guardia and the Left* for the New Haven Free Public Library's Books Sandwiched In Series Thurs, 3/18/21 at noon on Zoom. Please note that NO REGISTRATION IS NECESSARY!!! For more info: https://nhfpl.libnet.info/event/4759815

VMF Co-Chairman Gerald Meyer will be presenting *La Guardia and the Left* for the New Haven Free Public Library's Books Sandwiched In Series Thurs, 3/18/21 at noon on Zoom. Please note that NO REGISTRATION IS NECESSARY!!! For more info: https://nhfpl.libnet.info/event/4759815

Diane DiPrima Park
02/18/2021
Diane DiPrima Park

Diane DiPrima Park

PETITION to Rename Page-Laguna Park as “Diane di Prima Park” Diane Rose di Prima (1934-2020), America’s most influential female poet of the past three-quarter-century, lived, wrote, taught, and worked in San Francisco from 1968 until her passing in 2020. She was the author of approximately 50 ...

Many thanks to @UmbertoMucci founder and president of #WeTheItalians for posting this generous interview ... everyone sh...
02/10/2021
The heart, the passion, the Italian poetry in America. Thanks to the wonderful Maria Lisella

Many thanks to @UmbertoMucci founder and president of #WeTheItalians for posting this generous interview ... everyone should be able to tell their stories ... as Umberto Ecco wrote: To survive, you must tell stories." Thank you #UmbertoMucci

A few days ago, during the inauguration of the new President of the United States in Washington DC, there was a moment when the whole world rediscovered, if ever there was a need, the power of poetry. It was when 22 years old Amanda Gorman, the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate,....

Join me Feb. 11, 18 for #writingtogether
02/06/2021

Join me Feb. 11, 18 for #writingtogether

Join me Feb. 11, 18 for #writingtogether

Maria Lisella
02/04/2021
Maria Lisella

Maria Lisella

IN HER OWN WORDS Vittoria repetto 1951-2020 Vittoria repetto described herself as “a native downtown guinea d**e butch who grew up in the Greenwich Village…;” yet she defied labels; anyo…

Sharing my friend @EllaSmith's story about her dad's role a day after the Dia de la Memoria
01/28/2021
Liberation of N**i Camps

Sharing my friend @EllaSmith's story about her dad's role a day after the Dia de la Memoria

The liberation of concentration camps toward the end of the Holocaust revealed unspeakable conditions. Learn about liberators and what they confronted.

Thank you to the @QueensLibrary Karen Vermut for coordinating today's #writing #workshop #writingtogether ... more sessi...
01/28/2021

Thank you to the @QueensLibrary Karen Vermut for coordinating today's #writing #workshop #writingtogether ... more sessions will follow on Thursdays through Feb. 18 FREE @ 10:30-12:30 .. today we had about 45 participants ... Yay #Queens Yay #poetrycommunity
https://www.queenslibrary.org/calendar/a-poet-a-poem-with-queens-poet-laureate-maria-lisella/002114-1220

Thank you to the @QueensLibrary Karen Vermut for coordinating today's #writing #workshop #writingtogether ... more sessions will follow on Thursdays through Feb. 18 FREE @ 10:30-12:30 .. today we had about 45 participants ... Yay #Queens Yay #poetrycommunity
https://www.queenslibrary.org/calendar/a-poet-a-poem-with-queens-poet-laureate-maria-lisella/002114-1220

I TAKE NOTES
10/14/2020
I TAKE NOTES

I TAKE NOTES

The New Verse News presents politically progressive poetry on current events and topical issues.

09/18/2020
Author Talk | Professor Gerald Meyer | August 26th, 2020

Italian Americans
The Progressive Tradition
New Haven Free Public Library
Zoom Conference Video with Gerald Meyer, originally aired on Aug. 26th, 2020. Please like, share, and subscribe to the YouTube video. To see it, click on the link or copy the URL below into your browser:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDjVKwSZDJQ

Professor Gerald Meyer discusses the topic "Italian Americans: The Progressive Tradition" Features a lecture by Professor Gerald Meyer followed by a Q&A sess...

Today is the anniversary of the death of Congressman Vito Marcantonio  On this day, I am pleased to announce that an art...
08/09/2020
Congressman Vito Marcantonio: “Tribune of the People”. A Study in Genuine Leadership

Today is the anniversary of the death of Congressman Vito Marcantonio On this day, I am pleased to announce that an article I wrote about Marcantonio has just been published in La Voce di New York. (My first draft of this article was 10 years ago.)

I hope you get a chance to read the whole thing, even if a little at a time. Marcantonio's leadership and advocacy seem transcendent.
I want to thank you Stefano Vaccara and Vito DeSimone for publishing the article and the book by Dr. Gerald Meyer that inspired my article.
https://www.lavocedinewyork.com/en/people/2020/08/07/congressman-vito-marcantonio-tribune-of-the-people-a-study-in-genuine-leadership/

Gerald Meyer’s classic study

Professor Meyer is currently in the final stages of assembling, The Unity of the People: Studies in Italian American Rad...
07/27/2020

Professor Meyer is currently in the final stages of assembling, The Unity of the People: Studies in Italian American Radicalism, which this discussion will include:
* “L'Unita del Popolo,” a communist newspaper
* “Frank Sinatra and the Popular Front”
Gerald Meyer, Ph.D., taught history for many years at Hostos Com. Col. (CUNY). He authored and co-edited, Vito Marcantonio: Radical Politician and The Lost World of Italian-American Radicalism; as well as numerous articles on a wide-range of subjects. Note this event will ONLY be on Zoom.

Zoom Link 8/26/20 at 7PM (Please only click on the link at time of event): https://zoom.us/j/95337526074

Vito Marcantonio mentioned throughout this book... check it out!
06/03/2020

Vito Marcantonio mentioned throughout this book... check it out!

📬📖 On its way to a mailbox near you: BERNIE’S BROOKLYN!

In this engaging and concise history, Ted Hamm explores how the sort of socialism Bernie Sanders advocates was commonplace in the Brooklyn he grew up in—from New Deal reforms to the Yiddish socialism that brought his grandparents into politics.

Pick up your copy today: bit.ly/BERNIESBK

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The Vito Marcantonio Forum is a cultural historical community based organization that brings together people, from a wide variety of backgrounds, dedicated to disseminating and sharing knowledge of the life and work of Vito Marcantonio (1902 to 1954). Marcantonio, who served as Congressman from East Harlem for fourteen years (1934-1936, 1938-1950), organized a powerful political coalition of that community’s Italian-American, Puerto Rican, and African-American residents. Marcantonio’s dedication to his beloved East Harlem, a working-class community where he spent his entire life, continues to inspire his admirers. Marcantonio politically survived incessant attacks from the two major parties and the commercial media. He aroused the ire of these forces because of his advocacy of civil rights, Puerto Rico’s independence, labor’s cause, equal treatment for the foreign-born, and his insistence on reining in what he saw as rapacious capitalism. During the postwar period, he reached even wider audiences for his almost single-handed opposition to the United States’ government’s confrontational foreign policy and his defense of the victims of McCarthyism in court and from the floor of the House. The VMF is committed to correcting the historical record, which oft-times has ignored or misrepresented Marcantonio’s unceasing work on behalf of those left out of the American Dream and his courageous fight for a more authentically democratic country. Also part of the VMF’s mission is to publicize the history of Marcantonio’s mentors and collaborators—Leonard Covello, the Italian American educator, and Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, who had served as the District’s congressman from 1922 to 1932. Like Marcantonio, Covello and LaGuardia both of whom resided in East Harlem. The VMF is also interested in increasing awareness of the American Labor Party, which Marcantonio led for many years, and the critical role of the Left that rallied to Marcantonio. In addition, the Vito Marcantonio Forum seeks to inform wide audiences of the political and cultural backdrop of Italian Harlem and El Barrio that explains the emergence of the “Vito Marcantonio Phenomenon,” that is, a successful progressive politician who never compromised his principles. The Vito Marcantonio Forum offers valuable important frame of reference for coalition-building across races, creeds, color, genders, sexual orientations, and generations. The VMF is a beacon to that memory and will aim to restore much of what the McCarthy hysteria destroyed.

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“Professor Meyer is currently in the final stages of assembling "The Unity of the People: Studies in Italian American Radicalism" which this discussion will include: "L'Unita del Popolo" "Italian Harlem's Biggest Funeral: The Burial of Vito Marcantonio" "Frank Sinatra and the Popular Front."
https://www.facebook.com/groups/906160526425519/ We are interested in this knowledge. Thanks for preserving. We would like to share our group celebrating Italian-American Visual Artists. We are seeking talented Artist of Italian lineage. Thank You. Seeking talented Italian-American Visual Artists....and art lovers alike.
Aside from arguably serving as the top #Congressman in the history of the United States, many people do not know #VitoMarcantonio was an excellent criminal defense attorney. In the following article he defends anti N**i activism: “The N**is can no longer hide behind the German flag,” he said, adding that they now left no doubt they marched behind “a symbol of cowardice and ignorance. I am proud to have played my little part in this far-reaching event.”
He was a good friend of my parents during the Roosevelt administration. He apparently gave me a teddy bear when I was born but I don't remember it. My favorite Marcantonio story is about my father and Mark standing next to the Congressional elevators. Some politician walks out and Mark said, "I hate that guy. I'm giving him the evil eye." A few weeks later the guy was dead.
The article on Vito Marcantonio published by Mondo Basilicata is available on-line at
The second coming of Vito is here! My name is Michael Marcantonio and I’m running for New York State Assembly on Long Island to oust a do-nothing Trump Republican and resurrect the spirit of voting your conscience! Please follow me and support our movement to reclaim our democracy in New York!
Have you all seen this yet? Thanks to Tamiment Archives for the link!
Don't miss Work Of Arts and VMF stage reading production of Waiting For Lefty!
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