Gil Fagiani is a drug social worker in Brooklyn, a former board member of the Brecht Forum, and a co-founder of Italian-Americans for a Multicultural United States.
In 1992 Founding Signers of Freedom Road Socialist Organization front Italian-Americans for a Multicultural United States were;
- Tom Albanese, Progressive Student Network, Cleveland Ohio
- Michael Alcamo, consumer advocate/writer New York City
- John Allocca, labor activist Boston
- Michael Allocca, corporate manager New York City
- Pasquale Amendolia, professor Hostos Community College New York City
- Tom Angotti, housing analyst New York City
- Charles Bagli, journalist New York City
- John Calderone, community organizer New York City
- Eric Canepa, musicologist New York City
- Susan Cangiani, public school teacherNew York City
- Michael Castellano, computer analyst New York City
- Bill Cavellini, community activist Boston
- Don Cavellini, community activist North Carolina
- Clare Damio, teacher New York City
- Kim DeFranco, social worker Cleveland Ohio
- George De Stefano, writer New York City
- Gil Fagiani, CSW social worker New York City
- Peter Gambaccini, journalist New York City
- Theresa Gentile Horvath, physicians assistant New York City
- Ann Langone, labor activist Boston
- John Rocco Lombardi, college professor New York City
- Cathleen Spadafore McGuire ecofeminist activist New York City
- Colleen Spadafore McGuire tenant attorney New York City
- Michael Musto, columnist Village Voice New York City
- Phillip Nobile, writer Village Voice New York City
- Lee Ornati, community activist New York City
- Ralph Palladino, hospital worker New York City
- Michael Parenti, political scientist, writer Washington DC
- Joan Reale, public school teacher New York City
- Vittorio Repetto, chiropractor New York City
- Paul Di Rienzo, journalist New York City
- Albert Russo, haircutter New York City
- Cynthia Savo, communications specialist New Haven Connecticut
- Loretta Domenica Sibilia reproductive rights activist Washington DC
- Michaelangelo Signorile, journalist
- Joseph Simonetti, social worker
- Juliet Ucelli,
Left Forum 2011
Hillbilly Nationalists, Revolutionary Greasers, and Black Power: > Organizing Poor Whites in the New Left:
- Amy Sonnie, Banned Librarian
- Bill Fletcher, Jr., BlackCommentator.com; Center for Labor Renewal
- Gil Fagiani, Drug counselor; author of Rooks and Blanquito en el Barrio
- James Tracy, Community Housing Partnership
- Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Indigenous World Association, Historian, San Francisco
Remembering Vito Marcantonio
On Sunday afternoon, December 17 2017, a crowd of about 50 people gathered for a ceremony marking the renaming of the NE corner of 116th Street and Lexington Avenue in New York as “Vito Marcantonio Lucky Corner.” Vito Marcantonio, who represented East Harlem in Congress for seven terms from 1935 to 1951, would, like his mentor and close friend Fiorello La Guardia before him, wrap up his political campaigns with a rally on this corner.
This street-naming not only has been a long-term goal for the Vito Marcantonio Forum (VMF) but also was a goal of the outgoing NYC Council speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, who was instrumental in making it happen.
The event was emceed by Mark-Viverito herself who, in her opening remarks, emphasized the importance of naming this particular corner in honor of Marcantonio. She said he was “a champion for all the people,” who not only was a fighter against Jim Crow, but also a champion of Puerto Rican independence.
Referring directly to Marcantonio as one of her role models, the speaker said, “I have remembered those who have come before me and guided me as I moved forward representing East Harlem and the South Bronx: Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Evelina Lopez Antonetty, and Vito Marcantonio —all champions of the working class.” Also in her remarks Mark-Viverito gave a nod to her deputy chief of staff, Diana Ayala, who will be taking her seat on the city council.
Also addressing the crowd was a special guest, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, who came to the event even though she was not on the program.
Mark-Viverito and Brewer were directly followed by a reading of Gil Fagiani’s poem, the “Litany of San Vito,” which he wrote in tribute to Marcantonio. The poem was read in English, Italian, and Spanish by Chris Bell, Maria Lisella, and Gloria Quinones, respectively.
Frank Marcantonio, the son of Vito’s brother, spoke for the family, remarking that although he never met Vito Marcantonio, he was influenced by him.
Attorney and community activist Gloria Quinones, who played an important role in speaker Mark-Viverito’s political career, spoke of Marcantonio as a source of guidance and inspiration for today’s leaders.
Gerald Meyer, co-chair of the VMF, spoke briefly about the historical significance of the renaming of the corner. He noted that the dedication of Lucky Corner reminds the progressive community that it needs traditions and memorials associated with a “people’s history.” He also said the Vito Marcantonio Forum looks forward to memorializing other sites associated with the life and work of this great spokesperson of all those who had been left out of the American Dream.
At the end of the dedication, actor and VMF co-chair Roberto Ragone, did a dramatic interpretation of excerpts from several of Marcantonio’s speeches, including an extract from a speech he gave on that very corner in 1950, during his campaign for mayor.
- [https://www.peoplesworld.org/article/overdue-recognition-for-a-champion-of-the-people-vito-marcantonio/PW Overdue recognition for a champion of the people: Vito Marcantonio December 20, 2017 2:34 PM CST BY GABE FALSETTA AND GARY BONO]