What about the Italians–in America?
A moving lament that most of us non-Italian-Americans don’t meditate on often enough:
“When news spread the other day that work crews were draping black steel netting over the facade of Our Lady of Loreto Church [MOBS: in Brooklyn, the one in Manhattan is already "disappeared"] the people fighting to save the building from demolition found themselves stymied — and reflecting on a yearlong campaign at the brink…. “Why don’t we Italian-Americans have the kind of clout that other ethnic groups have?” asked Mario Toglia, a retired New York City schoolteacher from Long Island. “The Irish, the Jewish, the African-American and Latinos — all these other groups have an ability to come together around a cause and fight. But not us.”
The whole story (with a wonderful irony embedded in it that perhaps only Manahttan West Siders will grasp): http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/27/nyregion/27metjournal.html?hp