Monthly Archives: July 2009

Frank Ricci Comes To Town

You have heard about the Ricci case.  Next week, Frank Ricci will be on Capitol Hill to share his views of what happened in his case when he testifies at the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee, Judge Sondra Sotomayor.  In the Ricci case, the Supreme Court held that New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. discriminated against Frank Ricci when the city decided in 2004 to reject the results of a firefighters’ promotion exam.  According to Justice Alito, DeStefano rejected the test results at the urging of Rev. Boise Kimber, a black community activist who has been close to the mayor for more than a decade.  Kimber, who became chairman of the New Haven Board of Fire told the firefighters, many of whom were Italian, some men would not be hired because “they just have too many vowels in their names.”  The Supreme Court and Justice Alito had a different view.   As Frank Ricci said following the ruling, the Court’s decision shows that “if you work hard, you can succeed in America.” Let’s see now how Frank Ricci is treated by the Senators and by the media!

We are not the “Housewives of New Jersey”!

“If we take the sum total of the influences, of philosophy, of government, and in jurisprudence, discoveries, exploration, the influence on literature, on music, on art, on architecture and on science, then America would not have been the country it is without the contributions of Italians, and this stretches from the thirteenth century to the nineteenth centuries.”   Peter Sammartino 1984 (Founder of Fairleigh Dickinson University).