Left Forum at Pace University 12PM — Vito Marcantonio Forum panel discussion!… DON’T MISS IT!!!
Vito Marcantonio (1902-1954) represented East Harlem in the House of Representatives for seven terms (1934-1950). He acted as floor leader for major civil rights legislation, submitted five bills for Puerto Rico’s independence, led the fight against the Cold War, and rallied to prevent the passage of the anti-labor Taft-Hartley Act. In his last term, he cast the sole votes against House Committee on Un-American Activities’ contempt citations and against the Korean War.
“Marc” served as state chairman of the American Labor Party, and was a founder of the Progressive Party. He served as attorney for Pedro Albizu Campos, W.E.B. DuBois, William Patterson, Ben Gold, as well as the Communist Party. A protégé of Fiorello LaGuardia, he lived his entire life in Italian Harlem. Through his creation of a coalition of East Harlem’s Italian-American, Puerto Rican, and African-American communities, and the mobilized support of the Left, he became the nation’s most electorally successful radical of the last century.