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Welcome to the website of the New York State Commission for Social Justice (CSJ), Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA).  The NYS CSJ is focused on combating defamation of Italians, Italian Americans and other groups.  Our two primary goals are:


  •    To fight bias, bigotry, and defamation of Italians and Italian Americans as well as other groups.

  •    To promote a positive image of Italians and Americans of Italian descent through our programs, our positive image materials such as posters, pamphlets, bookcovers, bookmarks, etc., and our first video-documentary entitled “Italian American Recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor,” a TELLY Award Winner.


    Our website contains information pertaining to the NYS CSJ work in fighting bias, and bigotry and in promoting a positive image of Italian Americans.  We invite you to take advantage of the programs within and encourage your participation, comments and suggestions. 

    Remember - if you are a member of OSIA, you are a member of the CSJ!


  • OSIA CSJ District 1 Essay Contest

    District 1 CSJ sponsored an essay contest on the subject of immigration, Students at the Ronkonkoma Middle School in the Conneqout school district who were in the Italian language classes were given an assignment to interview a family member who had emigrated to the United States. The students were then asked to write an essay based on the interview incorporating 10 responses to questions about the immigrant's experiences when coming to America. In addition, they were required to include visuals and/or artifacts. Although this was a class assignment required by all students regardless of ethnicity, only the Italian-American students were eligible for the awards provided by OSIA CSJ District 1. Read the top essays here.

    2016 CSJ District 1 Essay Contest

    Pictured from left to right is Anne Cajigas (liaison from the Perry Como Lodge); Donatella DiNatale (Italian teacher from the Ronkonkoma Middle School who extended her time and expertise in working with us on this project); first place winner Matteo Muscolo; third place winner Abigail Giel; second place winner Andrew Scardino; CSJ District 1 Chairman Charles Lucie; and District 1 State Trustee Geraldine Ianello Graham.


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