Join us for the 2nd Anniversary and VMF Fundraiser! 11/03/13

Vito Marcantonio biographer and VMF co-founder

Join us for the 2nd Anniversary and VMF Fundraiser! 11/03/13

November 22, 2013 Uncategorized 0

The following is the program for the Vito Marcantonio Forum’s last fundraiser:

When:  Sunday, November 3rd 2013 from 1pm to 4pm.

Where: Gaetana’s Restaurant, 143 Christopher Street (northwest corner of Christopher Street and Greenwich Street) —- 212-675-3913

What do you get? 
1) Spread of free appetizers:  The restaurant is providing us with delicious selections that include cold antipasto platter (fresh mozzarella, fresh slices of tomato, asiago cheese, assorted olives and fresh roasted peppers), eggplant rollatini and  fried zucchini, as well as their “famous homemade focaccia.”

2) Program

  • Master of Ceremony: Gil Fagiani
  • Gerald Meyer presents a brief talk, “Vito Marcantonio: Now More than Ever.”
  • Roberto Ragone, dramatization of speech by Vito Marcantonio
  • Video footage of VMF activities by David Giglio (running silently for most of the event)
  • Books and tee shirts for sale

3) Restaurant offerings for purchase: Menu of lunch and dinner priced accordingly plus cash bar.

Cost to attend?
$25 at the door —  cash, check, or major credit card.
$20 in advance  —  paypal to

You can send a check:
Make checks out to “Gerald Meyer”

Mail them to:
Roberto Ragone, 231 West 148th Street, Apt. 1R, New York, NY 10039

** We are also selling benefactor tickets for $50 and $100. Please help the cause!

RSVP if you can:
send an email to: or call Gerald Meyer 718.499.5446

The Vito Marcantonio Forum (VMF) seeks to preserve the history of the radical political tradition of East Harlem, the cultural backdrop of Italian Harlem and El Barrio; the critical role of the Left that rallied to Marcantonio’s support that emerged as the “Vito Marcantonio Phenomenon,” a blueprint for a successful, progressive politician who never compromised his principles. 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). Marc, served as Congressman from East Harlem for fourteen years (1932 to 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.

Gil Fagiani was a founder of the political organization, White Lightning (1971-75). A Clinical social worker and addiction specialist, he directed Renewal House, a residential program for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts in Downtown Brooklyn for 21 years. Gil is a cofounder of the Vito Marcantonio Forum, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Italian American Writers Association. A translator and writer, he has published six collections of his own poetry. His latest book, Serfs of Psychiatry, was inspired by the 12 years he worked at a state psychiatric hospital in the Bronx

Gerald Meyer: Author of Vito Marcantonio: Radical Politician, 1902-1954 and many articles on Marcantonio and related subjects. Meyer is a founding member of the faculty of  Hostos Community College of the City University of New York. Gerald along with the late Dr Phillip Cannistraro, were co-editors of The Lost World of Italian American Radicalism. Since high school, Jerry has been active in progressive movements and causes.  Gerald is a cofounder of the Vito Marcantonio Forum.

Roberto Ragone has over twenty-five years experience in government and non-profits, working on business development and cultural tourism, along with arts and culture events. Roberto worked for the NYC Council and the NYC Mayor’s Office. He served  as Executive Director of the Lower East Side Business Improvement District, Marketing Director for the Ciao America Film Project and President for FIERI, an organization promoting Italian culture.  As a consultant, he has done strategic planning, marketing fundraising, and advocacy for non-profits, small business, and arts-related projects. He was on theatrical production teams, acted in showcases, and most recently played Felix in the Odd Couple.  Roberto is a cofounder of the Vito Marcantonio Forum.

Gaetana’s Cucina Italiana has been serving up great Italian food with timeless recipes in an unpretentious atmosphere since 1931, when Gaetana Di Martino arrived from Sicily.  Gaetana opened what would become a classic New York experience. Gaetana, who was known for her incredible sense of style, had a flair for cooking from simple, fresh ingredients. Its modest decor and size would make Marc feel comfortable after long day of helping constituents and fighting the good fight.

We thank Gaetana’s Restaurant and its owner Frank Saponara for their generosity.  We encourage you to review the menu and support the restaurant.