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Thursday, October 30, 2014

UNICO National Decries NBC "Meet The Press" Host Chuck Todd's "Mob" Comment

UNICO National Decries NBC "Meet The Press" Host Chuck Todd's "Mob" Comment

FAIRFIELD, N.J., Oct. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- UNICO National, the nation's largest Italian American service and charitable organization, is publicly denouncing the recent comments made by Chuck Todd, host of NBC's Meet the Press. In a recent discussion on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" cable program, Todd specifically referred to the New York 11(th) District Congressional race between Michael Grimm and Domenic Recchia as "...a fight between mob families." Both Recchia and Grimm are of Italian heritage.

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"Our organization has a long history of defending against stereotypical and degrading references of Italian Americans," stated Richard D'Arminio, UNICO National President. "It is very disturbing to see a prominent TV host on a major network use such a denigrating and hurtful reference." D'Arminio is communicating with other Italian American organizations to join in denouncing Todd and NBC. He commented, "I am pleased that the Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition brought this affront to our attention, and we join with ONE VOICE and other organizations in taking a stand against these types of attacks on our heritage."

It is apparent that even Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" show where Todd made the "mob" comment, was immediately concerned about the slur - "I disassociate myself from those comments! Holy cow!"

"Chuck Todd should be ashamed of himself," commented Andre' DiMino, Executive Director of UNICO National. "It is unbelievable that such an ignorant statement would be made by someone in such a prominent position - would he make such a stereotypical comment about any other ethnicity?" He continued, "UNICO National was founded in 1922 to positively counteract discrimination against Italian Americans. Here we are 92 years later and we are still facing ugly stereotypical comments by the media. What a disgrace!"

UNICO National, the nation's largest Italian American service organization, with local chapters throughout the United States, was founded in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1922. Its volunteer members support charitable, educational, and community service projects while promoting Italian heritage and combating negative stereotyping. For information or to join UNICO National call 973-808-0035 or visit

Contact: Andre' DiMino
Executive Director
Cell: 201-739-6000


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Quad Amputee Hero to be Honored at Veterans Day Film Screening at Majestic Theatre

Quad Amputee Hero to be Honored at Veterans Day Film Screening at Majestic Theatre

DALLAS, Oct. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dallas non-profit Fotolanthropy announces a benefit & screening at the Majestic Theatre to honor quadruple amputee and American hero, SSG Travis Mills, DFW Veterans, and gold star families at the final red-carpet screening of award-winning documentary Travis: A Soldier's Story.

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What: Veterans Day red carpet benefit & screening of Travis: A Soldier's Story.

When: Tuesday, November 11, 2014
6:00 - Doors/Red Carpet
7:00 - Event begins
7:30 - Travis: A Soldier's Story *New Director's Cut
8:40 - Q&A with SSG Travis Mills

Where: Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm Street, Dallas, TX 75201

Who: SSG Travis Mills & family, Producer Katie Norris, Director Jon Link, Musician Tim Halperin & Coppell High School Choir

Honorary Chairs: U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions, Clint Bruce, Debbie Lee, Center for Brain Health, Gary Sinise Foundation, Morgan Meyer and Merrie Spaeth

Emcee: Richard Ray, Fox 4 News

Tickets: $20 to $75, VIP Tickets: $125 (Proceeds benefit Travis Mills & Non-Profit Fotolanthropy)
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The Story: Travis: A Soldier's Story is an award-winning documentary featuring the inspiring true story of US Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills. Travis lost portions of both arms and legs as the result of an IED explosion on April 10, 2012, while on patrol during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan. Travis is one of five quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive such injuries.

The Film: Featuring emotional reenactments and interviews from Travis and Kelsey Mills and fellow soldiers who witnessed the events of April 10th, Travis: A Soldier's Story is an intimate look into the life of a wounded solider as he faces challenges of a life-altering injury. Travis's story sheds light on the daily struggles of wounded veterans and the difficult rehabilitation processes they face.

Travis: A Soldier's Story was produced by Fotolanthropy, a 501(c)(3) organization based in Dallas, Texas that captures inspiring true stories of people who have overcome adversity through photography and film.

Press: For more information, to schedule an interview, or request a press pass, please contact Shay Paulson: Twitter: @travisthemovie

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