2007: City of Boston passes 1st. resolution in commemoration of Sacco & Vanzetti

City of Boston
City Council

Official Resolution
Offered By Boston City Councillors Felix D. Arroyo, Stephen J. Murphy and Chuck Turner

Whereas: On August 23, 1927, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed after being found guilty for the murder of Alessandro Berardelli and Frederic Parmenter; and

Whereas: Sacco and Vanzetti were outspoken critics of the federal government - self-professed ?anarchists? - and many historians and others have contended that the Sacco and Vanzetti prosecution, trial, and death sentence displayed a lack of respect for political civil liberties and the right to dissent; and

Whereas: Some critics have alleged that the conviction and execution of Sacco and Vanzetti, who were first-generation Italian immigrants, were at least partially influenced by racism, anti-Italian prejudice, and discrimination against immigrants in the United States; and

Whereas: On August 23, 1977, Governor Michael Dukakis issued a proclamation acknowledging the fiftieth anniversary of the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti and asking everyone to "resolve to prevent the forces of intolerance, fear, and hatred from ever again uniting to overcome the rationality, wisdom and fairness to which our legal system aspires?; and

Whereas: On August 23, 2007, the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society is holding a cultural gathering at Copley Square, and a march to the North End; and

Therefore be it Resolved

That the Boston City Council does hereby extend its admiration and congratulations to the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society, and in honor of its many contributions, does hereby declare

August 23, 2007
Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Day

in the City of Boston; that this Resolution be signed by the President of the City Council and attested to and a copy thereof transmitted by the Clerk of the City of Boston.