[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.
The march assembled at Copley Square with the performance of revolutionary music. For the first time the Boston Police Department detachment assigned to the march forced the marchers to remain on the sidewalks. Last year, amazingly enough, no police showed up during the march, which included a marching band. The marchers provided security and traffic crossing volunteers, without any problems.
Rather than facilitating the event, the Police Department detachment was a threatening nuisance, exercising an absolutely unnecessary power of repression and hostility. Next year if we are unable to obtain the right to march on the streets, we will do it without permit, because as far as we know nobody needs a permit to walk on the sidewalks of the city.
The event was endorsed by:
- Mass. Global Action
- Boston May Day Committee
- Community Church of Boston
- 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