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On the 90th Anniversary of their Execution: We Remember Sacco and Vanzetti in Boston!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 6PM-8PM
At encuentro 5, 9A Hamilton Place, Boston


90 years ago the Commonwealth of Massachusetts committed judicial murder by executing Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. The men were Italian immigrants, workers, and anarchists. The perfect combination to be accused of a crime they didn't carry out. We don't forget this injustice. You shouldn't either.

Featuring:

  • Author David Rothauser - speaking on the completion of his historical novel "The Diary of Sacco and Vanzetti".

  • Musician and historian, Stephen Sanfilippo - musical performance of Woody Guthrie's "Ballads of Sacco and Vanzetti".

    Download flyer here.

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    Recently published book on the Sacco and Vanzetti Case

    Lorenzo Tibaldo has written three books on the Sacco and Vanzetti. His most recent one, just published, is Mussolini e il case Sacco-Vanzetti put out by Claudiana publishing. The book details Mussolini’s attitude towards the anarchists using unpublished documents and correspondence from the Italian Embassy in Washington to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome from November 1921 to August 1927. The book includes photographs and copies of documents, including a handwritten letter from Mussolini to the American Ambassador in Rome regarding the Sacco and Vanzetti case. All three books are in Italian.

  • Mussolini e il Caso Sacco Vanzetti
  • Soto un Cielo Stellato
  • Lettere e Scritti dal Carcere

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    No Sacco and Vanzetti March on August 23, 2016 -- but we will hold an indoor event instead

    14/06/2016 - Our human resources have dwindled to such point that we decided not to organize the march and rally we have been doing for the last ten years. A balance of that situation indicate that this effort didn't really generate results, beyond the political and personal satisfaction of those in attendance, which never went beyond 50 people.

    We don't want to abandon the attempt to keep our martyrs out of the mind and hearts of people. We have decided therefore to organize an indoor event on Tuesday, August 23rd, at Encuentro 5 in Boston. To this effect we have secured the participation of Robert Knox, a Massachusetts write who published the e-book "Suosso's Lane" by the end of last year. We will also have some live music, a rotating slide show with pictures of the times and the men. Soon we will come out with a poster and we hope that you continue to support this timeless cause for justice and make plans to attend the event and bring friends to it.

    We will also attempt to secure a Boston City Council resolution declaring this day "Sacco and Vanzetti Day in Boston", as we have done it for the last ten years.

    We should also rethink and revisit our hitherto failed objective of erecting a monument in Boston to Sacco and Vanzetti. From clearly identifying failure, we should be able to move towards victory.

    Still in the struggle, regardless of the setbacks.

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    SUNDAY, AUGUST 23, 2015: 10TH ANNUAL SACCO AND VANZETTI COMMEMORATION DAY IN BOSTON

    Remember the life and death of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti!

    Sunday, August 23, 2015.

    March and Rally

    2PM - Gather at the Boston Common Visitor Center
    3PM - March to the North End
    4PM - Rally at the Paul Revere Mall

    Music and speakers.

    This year we will have the presence of the Boston Salvadoran Peace Band, a 45-people ensemble, that with their performance will address the immigration persecution aspect of this case. As the date gets near we will inform about speakers and other musicians who will participate.

    Co-sponsored by the Black Rose, Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society, IWW, Encuentro5.

    To download a 2-up flyer click here.

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    Boston Banda de Paz (Peace Band) El Salvador will march on Sacco Vanzetti Commemoration Day 2015



    The Boston Banda de Paz El Salvador, based mostly in East Boston, has agreed to march with us on this year's Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Day. All 40 plus members of the band are immigrants, the majority from El Salvador, who relate clearly to what it means to be an immigrant worker here in the U.S. Sacco and Vanzetti were discriminated as Italian immigrants in their time. Many of the witness statements during their trial were simply not considered truthful because the witnesses were Italian. It will be a pleasure to have the company of these musicians and dancers on the day that we honor the memory of Sacco and Vanzetti. An article by Lowell Sun of last year gives us more information on the band itself. Click on "read more" to read it.

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    Sacco and Vanzetti Remembered in Boston, Sunday, August 23, 2015

    14/08/2015 - Sunday, August 23rd, in Boston, the 88th anniversary of the execution of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti will be remembered. Sacco and Vanzetti were Italian immigrants and committed anarchists whose trial is regarded as one of the great miscarriages of justice in American history. Calling attention to the continued repression of immigrants and radicals, the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Committee invites all to attend and participate in the ninth annual march and rally.

    To read the full press release, please click below.

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    Joseph Silovsky: "Send for the Million Men"



    Your theater of artifacts, depicting the lives of Sacco and Vanzetti, premieres in December in New York. I have taken a peek to a few acts of the play and have a vague sense of how the play develops. We need your help in understanding your efforts better.

    Why is it called "Send for the million men"


    When Vanzetti found out that the Blue Ribbon Committee set up by the Governor had ruled against them, he lost his mind for a day- he called for hours from his jail cell to "Send for the Million Men." He sat down at one point and wrote a delirious letter to the Boston Defense Committee going over the details of how the million men should come to save him. I found this moment in their story to be an apex. Vanzetti was always so calm and collected, so intellectual and rigorous. The mental blow to him of that final rejection threw him over an edge. And for me that is an incredible symbol, a signifier of his torment. (...)

    To view a video of an act of the play click here.
    For more information about Joseph Silovsky click here.

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    Sacco & Vanzetti Event in Boston 8/23/2014 - Press Release

    Saturday, August 23rd, in Boston, the 87th anniversary of the execution of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti will be remembered. Sacco and Vanzetti were Italian immigrants and committed anarchists whose trial is regarded as one of the great miscarriages of justice in American history. Calling attention to the continued repression of immigrants and radicals, the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society (SVCS) invites all to attend and participate in the ninth annual march and rally.

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    Seeking support for Sacco & Vanzetti march/rally 8/23/2014

    Dear friends and comrades,

    The Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society (SVCS) is a small organization that has been taking the case of the two Italian anarchists killed by the Commonwealth in 1927 to the streets of Boston since 2006. Since 2007 we have secured an annual proclamation by the City of Boston designating August 23rd. as Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Day. In recent years our comrades from the IWW have co-sponsored the event directly (we hope they will this year as well) and also in the past many socialist, anarchist and community organizations have endorsed our event.

    This year we outright need your support to make this happen.

    We are asking people to save the date, Saturday, August 23 to gather at 2pm in front of the Boston Common Visitor Center and march to the Paul Revere Mall in the North End as we have done for many years. But, this will not be successful if you don't help us. Our group has been shrinking with the years, yet we still have the resolve to continue with this cause because it is a just cause.

    Please consider endorsing and supporting the event and organizing for the event as an individual or as an organization.

    Please contact us as soon as possible so that this struggle will continue!

    For the SVCS,

    Sergio Reyes
    Email: info@saccoandvanzetti.org
    Phone: 617-290-5614
    Web page: http://www.saccoandvanzetti.org
    Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/groups/saccoandvanzetti/

    To download a pdf copy of the flyer for this year click here.

    Current endorsers (as of 7/8/2014): Mass Global Action, PM Press, Black Rose Anarchist Federation, Communist Party USA - Boston Club, IWW Boston

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    Saturday, August 24, 2013 - March and Rally for Sacco and Vanzetti

    On Saturday, August 24th, Boston will remember the 86h anniversary of the execution of Italian anarchist immigrants Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti whose trial is widely regarded as one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in American history. Calling attention to the continued repression of immigrants and radicals, the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society (SVCS) invites all to attend and participate on the eighth annual march and rally. We will begin by gathering at the Boston Common Visitor information Center, on Tremont Street across from West Street, at 2 PM, followed by a march to the North End at 3 PM, and conclude with a rally at 4 PM at the Paul Revere Mall off Hanover featuring speakers and live music.

    Download the traditional flyer
    Press Release


    To download a high definition jpeg of this flyer click here.

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    8/28 - 8/29 - Two Opportunities to Meet Ted Grippo on His Recent Book on Sacco and Vanzetti

    August 28, 2012, 6 ? 7 p.m. - Boston Public Library Author Talk with Theodore W. Grippo Tuesday

    Where: Central Library in Copley Square - Orientation Room - 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116. Nearest T stop: Green Line, Copley

    Author talk with Theodore W. Grippo, author of With Malice Aforethought: The Execution of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti

    August 29, 2012, 7 - 8 p.m. - An Informal Meeting With Ted Grippo to discuss his recent book "With Malice Aforethought: The Execution of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti"

    Where: Dante Alighieri Center - 41 Hampshire Street, Cambridge MA 02139 - Nearest T stop: Red Line, Kendall.

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    7th Annual Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Day - Sunday, August 26, 2012

    Gather at the Boston Common Visitor Center (Tremont/West) at 2PM to star marching towards the North Ends at 3PM. Then rally at 4PM the Greenway Park, Hanover St. and Cross Street in the North End of Boston.

    This event is dedicated to all political prisoners and victims of state repression.

    JUSTICE CRUCIFIED NO MORE!

    Sponsored by the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society and the I.W.W.

    Endorsed by the Lantern Collective, Bread and Roses Heritage Committee, Common Struggle, Socialist Workers Party

    For more info: info[at]saccoandvanzetti.org or call 617-290-5614

    To download the flyer for the event click here.
    To download the press release and psa click here.

    Para bajar el comunicado de prensa en espa?ol pinche aqu?.

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    2012 Sacco and Vanzetti Seventh Annual March and Rally

    07/08/2012 - Boston, Massachusetts.- On Sunday, August 26th, Boston will remember the 85th anniversary of the execution of anarchist Italian immigrants Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti whose trial is widely regarded as one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in American history. Calling attention to the continued repression of immigrants and radicals, the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society (SVCS) invites all to attend and participate on the seventh annual march and rally.

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    Sunday, August 21, 2011 for the Sixth Annual Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Day

    This year we will be again on the streets of Boston marking the wrongful execution of our comrades Sacco and Vanzetti. We will gather at the Visitors Center on Tremont Street accross from West Street, near Park Street in Boston at 2pm. At 3pm we will march to the Greenway Park on Hanover and Surface streets in the North End. Speeches, music, poetry, readings and committment to not let Nicola and Bart death be in vain. The struggle continues!

    To download the flyer and promote the event click here.

    Sponsored by the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society.
    Cosponsored by (partial) the Boston May Day Committee (ANSWER, Mass. Global Action, Latinos for Social Change, July 26 Coalition, Socialist Party, Socialist Workers Party, Socialist Alternative, Party for Socialism and Liberation)


    Event on Facebook: click here.



    [PAST] The Sacco and Vanzetti Case Remembered in Boston's North End

    The Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society will screen rare film footage of the funeral followed by a general discussion of the case and the Society?s plan to erect a monument, and will conclude with a screening of Peter Miller?s documentary, Sacco and Vanzetti. The event will take place on Saturday, December 4th, beginning at 3:00, at the Casa Monte Cassino, 11 Tileston Street, in Boston?s North End, just off Hanover Street.

    Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were two Italian-born immigrants, workers, and anarchists, who were tried and convicted in 1921 for the armed robbery and murder of two payroll guards. After 7 years of legal appeals and international protest, the two men were finally executed on August 23, 1927 in Boston for a crime that many felt they did not commit and by a judicial system that was patently biased and unjust.

    To download flyer click here.

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    [PAST] Fifth Annual Sacco and Vanzetti March and Rally - Sunday, August 22.

    For the Fifth time the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society will march and rally to remember Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, their lives, their struggle and their martyrdom.

    We are calling people to start gathering at Copley Square, Boston, by the water fountain, at 2pm. We will start marching at 3pm towards the North End for a rally at the Paul Revere Mall at 4pm. All individuals and organizations are welcome to bring your own signs and slogans.

    This year a candlelight memorial for Sacco and Vanzetti will be held beginning at midnight Sunday, August 22, in Charlestown, close to the actual site of the executions and at the same time they occurred. Bunker Hill Community College now stands where most of the old prison once stood. The memorial will begin at the corner of New Rutherford Avenue and Austin Street, at the Austin St Bridge [known formerly as the Prison Point Bridge.] Selections from the letters of the two men will be read during the vigil.

    To download a flyer click here.
    For the press release click here.
    To view a rare picture of the old Charlestown Prison click here.

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    Annual Rally/March Commemorates Sacco and Vanzetti Trial; Supports Tarek Mehanna

    BOSTON/North End - August 22, 2010. ? Despite steady rain, approximately 40 people came out Sunday afternoon to the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration?s Society 5th annual rally and march to commemorate the 83rd anniversary of the 1927 executions of Italian immigrant anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti.

    The rally began in Copley Square and included a speech by labor and immigrant rights activist Sergio Reyes, as well as performances of songs about various political struggles. An hour into the rally, flanked by Boston police officers, the group began a march through the streets of Boston to the North End?s Paul Revere Mall. Participants held anarchist banners, waved black and red flags and played commemorative music from a cart. Reyes remained in front with a bullhorn, periodically shouting ?Sacco and Vanzetti? with the crowd responding "Presente!"

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    [PAST] Sacco and Vanzetti commemorated in Italy with a vigil for human rights in 2010

    The Sacco and Vanzetti Association will commemorate Sacco and Vanzetti Day with a vigil for human rights on Monday, August 23rd, 8PM at Torremaggiore. In particular the Association will concentrate on demanding that the Italian government allow the reentry into Italy of a nigerian national, Faith Aiworo. Faith Aiworo, 23 years old, was arrested and deported from Italy to Nigeria, her country of origin. She now risks death by hanging, in contempt of the Geneva Convention and international agreements regulating humanitarian protection and aid. During the vigil there will be a table with information about the rights of immigrants and the case of Faith Aiworo. The event will end at the monument to Sacco and Vanzetti erected on the Torremaggiore cemetery.

    For more information in Italian visit the association's website: www.saccoevanzetti.org

    For a full size image of the poster click here.

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    Sacco and Vanzetti Remembered in Boston, Sunday, August 22, 2010

    On Sunday, August 22nd, in Boston, the 83rd anniversary of the execution of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti will be remembered. They were two Italian immigrants and committed anarchists whose trial is regarded as one of the great miscarriages of justice in American history. Calling attention to the continued repression of immigrants and radicals, the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society (SVCS) invites all to attend and participate in the fifth annual march and rally.

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    [PAST] A call for a black and red contingent for May Day 2010!

    Fellow Workers!

    Are you tired of dragging the weight of the rich on your backs? Sick of watching our families, friends, and neighbors struggle while the big banks and corporations get bailouts? Fed up with the government punishing you for the mistakes of the powerful?

    On May 1st, we say No More! Together, we can dump the bosses!

    Join the Black and Red Anti-Authoritarian, Anti-Capitalist Contingent. Meet at 11am at the Rose-Kennedy Green Way at Hanover St, in the North End of Boston.

    To download the flyer click here.

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    Braintree to honor victims in case of Sacco and Vanzetti

    (This is an article that appeared on the Boston Globe on April 14, 2010)

    BRAINTREE ? Nicola Sacco, Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Frederick Parmenter, Alessandro Berardelli: four names forever linked by tragedy 90 years ago.

    Yet to most, only Sacco and Vanzetti are immediately recognizable, as the Italian immigrants convicted of an armed robbery and brutal double murder that took place April 15, 1920, in South Braintree Square.

    History has not determined definitively whether the two were convicted and executed based on hard evidence or bias. They were foreigners, draft dodgers, and self-proclaimed anarchists as America was still reeling from the horror of World War I. To this day, some people still believe testimony that might have cleared the pair was never introduced at their trial.

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    [PAST] 3/27 7pm - Political social with the Sacco & Vanzetti Commemoration Society

    Cultural celebration with food & drinks, political updated, information about Tarek Mehanna, and of course, socializing.

    Laila Murad will provide an update on Tarek Mehanna's case, followed by an open mike.

    So, if you have anything on your mind you?d like to say in terms of event announcements, political and social struggles you participate on, recite a poem, or just want to sing an inspiring song or two, here?s your chance. Bring your ideas, your voices, musical instruments, and good cheer to the Community Church of Boston this Saturday at 7:00pm.

    The Church is located at 565 Boylston Street, Boston, opposite Copley Square.

    For information on Tarek Mehanna?s case go to freetarek.com
    For information on the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society go to www.saccoandvanzetti.org

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    [PAST] "A Celebration: The Radical Ideas of Howard Zinn"

    Friday, March 12, 2010 -- 7PM
    Community Church of Boston -- 565 Boylston St., Boston


    Program: Short video, a presentation by an anarchist activist and a socialist activist, music, and a lively debate to understand the revolutionary message of Howard Zinn.

    Sponsored by the Sacco & Vanzetti Commemoration Society, BAAM, ABC, Community Church of Boston, Mass. Global Action, Socialist Party, Boston May Day Committee, Stop the Wars Coalition, and all those who fight against capitalism and for a better society.

    To download the flyer click here.

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    Howard Zinn, anarchist historian dies at 87

    27/01/2010 - The last time we interacted directly with Howard Zinn was June 11, 2009 when a small crew of young and old volunteers invaded his personal home to record his views on the case of Sacco and Vanzetti. Among the crew was Bob D'Attilio, "Mr. Sacco & Vanzetti" as Howard used to call him and Fred Clow, our very active retired photographer and member of the Society. Not long before that, Howard Zinn had lectured on the Meaning of Sacco & Vanzetti for the SVCS at the Dante Alighieri Center, where he said that he was surprised to see so many people interested in the subject matter.

    Howard Zinn's contribution to the theory of social analisys of U.S. capitalism and working class struggle will definitely outlive him and remain as a tool to understand and change society for a long time.

    At the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society, we say raising our fists: "Howard Zinn, presente! Now and forever in the struggle!"

    Photo by Fred Clow

    To read an article written by the Globe on his death click the title above.

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    Sacco and Vanzetti Buttons

    SORRY - WE HAVE NO MORE BUTTONS AVAILABLE. THANKS.

    The Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society printed a limited amount of buttons with the images of Sacco and Vanzetti, with the text "August 23, 1927" on top and "www.saccoandvanzetti.org" at the bottom. They were first released during the march and rally of last August 23, 2009. The size is 2 inches. The solidarity contribution requested is $3 for both buttons. Please include $.93 for shipping for 2 buttons.

    Send us a check or money order to "Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society, PO Box 381323, Cambridge, MA 02238-1323" and we will mail them to you. Thank you!

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    [PAST] Sacco and Vanzetti walk the streets of Boston on 8/23/2009

    On August 23, 2009 the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society marched for the fourth time on the streets of Boston to remind people of how justice was crucified in the case of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. The slogans, "Sacco and Vanzetti, presente!, Mumia Abu Jamal, presente, Leonard Peltier, presente, Puerto Rican political prisoners, presente, the prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, presente!" resounded on the streets of Boston.

    For the third time, the Boston City Council passed a resolution introduced by Councilors Chuck Turner and Charles Yancey designating August 23rd. as "Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Day" in the City of Boston.

    To see more pictures click here.

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    [PAST] 4th. Sacco & Vanzetti Memorial March & Rally - 2009

    Sunday, August 23rd
    Gather at 2pm at Copley Square Water Fountain in Boylston Street to march to the North End
    Rally at the Paul Revere Mall, 416 Hanover Street, North End, Boston, MA 02113 - 4pm

    RAIN LOCATION: Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St.
    Boston, MA 02116



    Sponsored by the Sacco & Vanzetti Commemoration Society

    Endorsed by:

    - Mass. Global Action
    - Boston May Day Committee
    - BAAM
    - Community Church of Boston
    - NEFAC
    - Job with Justice Massachusetts
    - Dr. James D. Cockcroft, Ph.D., State University of NY
    - Radio Free Maine
    - Roger Leisner, Videographer
    - 492 Cafe
    - Boston Anarchist Black Cross (ABC)
    - Socialist Party Boston
    - Prison Book Project (Amherst, Mass.)
    - Murder Victims' Families for Human Rights
    - AK Press
    - Lucy Parsons Collective

    To read the full text of the Boston City Council Resolution designating August 23rd. "Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Day in Boston" click here.

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    [PAST] Howard Zinn lectures on the Meaning of Sacco and Vanzetti

    On November 7, 2008, the noted historian and activist Howard Zinn offered a lecture on ?The Meaning of Sacco and Vanzetti? at the Dante Alighieri Society Italian Cultural Center, in Cambridge, MA. Nearly 250 people attended the event, sponsored by the Sacco & Vanzetti Commemoration Society (SVCS) and graciously hosted by the Dante Alighieri Society.

    Historian Bob D'Attilio started the program with notes about the funeral procession that took place in Boston in August 1927. The procession started in the North End and ended at the Forest Hill Cemetery, where the bodies of Sacco and Vanzetti were cremated. D'Attilio's narration accompanied film footage from the procession. Later on actor and film maker David Rothauser introduced Zinn's lecture with readings from the letters of Sacco and Vanzetti. David Rothauser is the writer/producer of the docudrama, "The Diary of Sacco and Vanzetti" aired on WGBH-TV in 2004 and 2005.

    To see a low definition 35-min Windows media format video of Howard Zinn's lecture click here.

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    Howard Zinn on Sacco and Vanzetti

    The noted historian and activist Howard Zinn will give a lecture on ?The Meaning of Sacco and Vanzetti?, Friday, November 7, 2008 at 7:00 pm, Dante Alighieri Society Italian Cultural Center, 41 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA.

    Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were two Italian-born immigrants, workers, and anarchists, who were tried and convicted in 1921 for the armed robbery and murder of two payroll guards. After 7 years of legal appeals and international protest, the two men were finally executed on August 23, 1927 in Boston for a crime that many felt they did not commit and by a judicial system that was patently biased and unjust. In his lecture Howard Zinn will indicate the relevance of the Sacco and Vanzetti Case for America today.

    David Rothauser will introduce the lecture with readings from the letters of Sacco and Vanzetti.

    To download the event's flyer click here.

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    [PAST] Sacco and Vanzetti Third Annual March and Rally

    On Saturday, August 23rd, Boston remembered the 81st anniversary of the execution of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two Italian immigrants and committed anarchists whose trial is widely regarded as one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in American history. Calling attention to the continued repression of immigrants and radicals, the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society (SVCS) gathered in Copley Square at 1PM, followed by a march to the North End at 3PM, which concluded with a rally at 5PM at the Paul Revere Mall, 416 Hanover Street featuring a number of speakers, including Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner, Pasqualino Colombaro, Dorotea Manuela, and Molly Adelstein.

    Councilor Turner presented the SVCS with an official proclamation passed by the Boston City Council declaring August 23, 2008 Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Day in the City of Boston. To see the resolution click here.

    The march also counted with the distinguished participation of the Emperor Norton Stationary Marching Band, which contributed beautiful music to the march.

    For a video already published in YouTube see below:



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    Sacco and Vanzetti Remembered at the Rose Kennedy Greenway Park in Boston

    On November 5, 2007 the Rose Kennedy Greenway Park, built on top of the "big dig", was officially opened to the public. The opening ceremony was attended by Governor Deval Patrick and Senator Edward Kennedy. According to the note in The Globe, "The North End park opened on Monday during a ceremony, which took part on the south side of Hanover Street between Cross Street and the Surface Artery.

    The Greenway is named after Sen. Kennedy?s mother, who died in 1995 at the age of 104. Rose Kennedy grew up in the North End. One year after her death, the then-Gov. William Weld signed legislation naming the Greenway in her honor."

    A timeline of historical events are contained in a series of plaques. One of them refers to the wrongful execution of anarchist labor organizers Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. The plaque reads:

    1927

    On August 23, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti are executed for a 1920 robbery and murder. The men claim to be victims of prejudice against radicals and immigrants. Many prominent intellectuals campaign unsuccessfuly for a retrial. One hundred thousand people visit the bodies at Langone Funeral Home on Hanover Street. In 1977, Governor Michael Dukakis exonerates them proclaiming that the case should be pondered "by all who cherish tolerance, justice and human understanding."

    (Photo by Frederick G.S. Clow)

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    Video of the Sacco and Vanzetti 2007 Commemoration March in Boston

    A low-definition video of the march in Boston to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti is available now on this website. This video is in windows media player format only. If you would like to have a copy of the video in DVD please email info[@]saccoandvanzetti.org (don't use the brackets in the address). Please be adviced that the size of the file is 53 megabytes.

    To play or download the video click here.

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    Syracuse University Library Opens New Exhibit on the Execution of Sacco & Vanzetti:

    30/08/2007 - Amidst a seeming wave of domestic terrorism, the 1920 murder of two payroll guards in Braintree, Massachusetts, exploded into what could arguably be described as the trial of the century. Earlier that year, a plot had been exposed in which thirty bombs, disguised as free samples from the Gimbels department store, had been sent to such pillars of American capitalism as J. P. Morgan and John D. Rockefeller, as well as to U.S. Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer. Palmer was responsible for the prosecution and deportation of thousands of radicals, including labor organizers, peace advocates, and other ?undesirables.? Although the plot had not succeeded for lack of sufficient postage, in the resulting atmosphere of shock, fear, and repression, two working-class Italian Americans with anarchist connections, Bartolomeo Vanzetti and Nicola Sacco, were not only accused of the crime, but also became scapegoats in the reaction to the supposed threat of the combined forces of labor unrest, new waves of immigration, and the advance of the ?red menace? that followed the end of World War I.

    This exhibition both commemorates the eightieth anniversary of the execution of the much-mythologized ?good shoemaker and a poor fish-peddler,? and celebrates the 1967 installation of the Ben Shahn mural at the heart of the Syracuse University campus. It is not our purpose to determine the guilt or innocence of the defendants in the Sacco-Vanzetti trial. Rather, we wish to highlight not only the creative response to the perceived injustice of the prosecution and sentence, but also the decades of continuing protest over what Katherine Anne Porter described as ?the never-ending wrong.?

    To see the exhibition on-line click here

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    [PAST] A night of theater, music and poetry to commemorate 80th anniversary of Sacco & Vanzetti's execution

    25/08/2007 - Continuing with the program designed by the Sacco & Vanzetti Commemoration Society a group of talented artists presented their work in homage to Sacco and Vanzetti, executed by the State of Massachusetts 80 years ago. The event took place at the Community Church of Boston, at its main room where the bas-relief of Sacco and Vanzetti is proudly displayed. ...

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    Mass. citizens Against the Death Penalty Marked 80th Anniversary of the Execution of Sacco & Vanzetti

    The Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty (MCADP) marked the eightieth anniversary of the executions of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, on August 23, 2007 with a program that begun at 11:00 a.m., in front of the Paul Revere statue (in the Prado) at the Paul Revere Mall, Hanover Street in the North End.

    Speakers included Former Governor Michael S. Dukakis, Robert Meeropol (Ethel & Julius Rosenberg's son), Robert Renny Cushing, and David M. Ehrmann. ...

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    [PAST] People in Boston March for Sacco and Vanzetti!

    24/08/2007 - A group of about 70 people marched through the streets of Boston yesterday to the chants of "Sacco and Vanzetti: We Will Not Forget!". Carrying banners that made the historical links between the repression and judicial murder of these two anarchist workers in 1927 and the repression today we could see the banners that carried the messages: "You can kill us, but you cannot kill the Idea!, "Stop the raids and deportations!", "Arab workers are not our enemy!", "No worker is illegal!", "Sacco and Vanzetti live!".

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    Bruce Watson presents new book on Sacco & Vanzetti at the Boston Public Library

    21/08/2007 - Coinciding with the 80th anniversary of the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti, the writer Bruce Watson presented his book "Sacco and Vanzetti: The Men, the Murders, and the Judgment of Mankind", published by the Penguin Group, from New York. Watson is an award-winning journalist whose articles have been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, the Smithsonian, Reader's Digest, and Yankee magazine. The writer currently lives in Leverett, Massachusetts, although he prided during his talk to "have been born in California".

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    [PAST] March to honor the memory of Sacco & Vanzetti

    This Thursday, August 23rd, 2007 we will march on the streets of Boston to honor the memory of Sacco and Vanzetti, two Italian workers executed in Boston 80 years ago, wrongfully accused of a crime they did not commit. We will gather in Copley Square at 3:00 PM at the sound of music of struggle and street theater. Then, we will march at 4:00 PM down Boylston Street, Washington Street, and Hanover Street. We will stop at 256 Hanover Street to affix a replacement for a historical marker pointing to the location of the Sacco and Vanzetti Defense Committee. We will continue then toward the Langone Park in Commercial Street. There we will hold a rally. Boston City Councilor Felix Arroyo will present the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society with a City Council resolution acknowledging the significance of Sacco and Vanzetti.

    Come march with us!

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    List of Endorsers for August 23, 24, 25, 2007 Events

    The following organizations (in alphabetical order) endorsed the actitivies to commemorate Sacco & Vanzetti's 80th anniversary of their wrongful execution:

    - AK Press
    - Anarchist Archives Project
    - Boston Anarchist Black Cross
    - Boston Anti Authoritarian Movement - BAAM Boston
    - Boston May Day Coalition
    - Cape Cod Resistance
    - City Life / Vida Urbana
    - Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) - Boston Chapter
    - Mass. Global Action
    - Murder Victims' Families for Human Rights
    - reVoltairine (Western Massachusetts)
    - Satewide Harm Reduction Coalition (SHaRC)
    - Socialist Alternative
    - Stop the Wars Coalition
    - The Anarchist Communist Union of Boston
    - The Community Church of Boston
    - The Lucy Parsons Collective
    - Voice of Voiceless Student Club

    If you would like to endorse and participate of the August 2008 activities, please send us an email to info [at] saccoandvanzetti.org. Thank you.

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    The strange case of the missing Sacco & Vanzetti plaque in the North End of Boston

    Until sometime in the 1980s, a plaque to the right of the entrance to 256 Hanover Street in Boston's North End indicated the former site of the offices of the Sacco and Vanzetti Defense Committee. The plaque was one of a number of historical markers put up by the City of Boston in 1976 and was located along the Freedom Trail.

    This was the text of the plaque:

    Sacco and Vanzetti Defense Committee In may 1920, two Italian immigrants were arrested for the murder of two payroll guards in South Braintree. A group of friends and fellow anarchists organized a defense committee for the accused men, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. For the next seven years the committee struggled to free the two, whose cause became a passionate controversy the world over. In 1925, the committee moved to upstairs rooms at 256 Hanover Street, where the drama intensified. Sacco and Vanzetti were executed in 1927, but theirs is "the case that will not die."

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