From November 12-17, Venice experienced the second worst flood in its recorded history. More than 85 percent of the city flooded causing immense damage to its cultural and historical heritage and to its homes and businesses. We in the Italian American community are tied in prayer and spirit with our Italian family members who are now frantically trying to salvage homes, businesses, archival documents, and historical and cultural artifacts.
Even as the impact of the flooding fades from the headlines, the aftermath remains nearly insurmountable. This crisis is far from over. Once again, we must take up the