The Commission for Social Justice (CSJ) is the anti-defamation arm of the Order Sons & Daughters of Italy in America (OSDIA), the largest and oldest national organization for men and women of Italian descent in the United States.
The CSJ was founded in 1979 to fight the stereotyping of Italian Americans by the entertainment, advertising and news industries. It also collaborates with other groups to ensure that people of all races, religions and cultures are treated with dignity and respect.
The CSJ monitors the entertainment, advertising and news industries, contacts offending parties by letter and/or telephone and alerts other Italian American organizations, email networks and concerned individuals to the problem so that they, too, can take action.
Sample inventory of CSJ Positive Image materials:
The CSJ conducts campaigns at both the community and the national level that support cultural and social issues of importance to Italian Americans. (Legislation, commemorative stamps, Columbus Day/Heritage Month, etc.) To achieve its objectives, the CSJ engages in community and government relations as well as in grassroots campaigns and fund-raising efforts. However, given its non-profit status, the CSJ cannot offer legal advice or assistance in lawsuits.
Please click on one or more of the links below, for additional information:
Be Active: Fight Stereotyping & Promote Positive Images – And then do something about it…
Fact Sheet: How to Fight Workplace Discrimination
Fight Stereotypes from Your Computer
Talking Points: “The Godfather” and Stereotyping in Hollywood
Talking Points: Stereotyping on Television
What You Can Do