Officers and advisors to The American-Italian Federation of the Southeast


The American-Italian Federation of the Southeast is a member of national Italian organizations including Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA), NIAF, and COPOMIAO.  

Charles Marsala, sculptor Franco Alessandrini, and Michael Santo of New York who chaired the 2019 Mayor’s Recognition of Italian contributions.

“Celebrating Culture” airs on WLAE-TV Sundays at 9pm. Eight episodes have been produced on the Sicilian Migration to New Orleans.Twenty episodes have been produced Louisiana culture, Coastal Restoration, Saving Endangered Species, and the work of Non-Profits.  

Several interviews of the show have been embedded into a self-guided tour app: “New Orleans Insider Tours” which has over 400 points of interest regarding Louisiana. Over 60,000 Sicilians landed in the French Quarter during 1884-1920.  Historic Markers are being installed in the area some called: “Little Palermo.”

Michael Santo (pictured right) organized the 2019 ceremony in which Mayor Cantrell recognized the contributions of Sicilians and Italians to New Orleans and America.  As part of that ceremony, Mayor Cantrell apologized for the 1891 involvement of City Officials in the lynching of acquitted Sicilians for the murder of Police Chief Hennessy.

In 2020, for The Russo Brothers / NIAF Italian- American Film Forum we submitted a film to focus on the involvement of James Houston in the lynching, Houston’s business dealings, and the previous four men Houston killed.