2018: Sacco and Vanzetti Remembered in Cambridge, Massachusetts

This year’s event was co-sponsored by the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society and the Dante Alighieri Society of Cambridge and featured former governor Michael Dukakis, who spoke on the challenges immigrants have faced throughout American history, Professor Michele Fazio, who spoke on mining archives for materials related to the lives of Sacco and Vanzetti, and David Rothauser, who read selections from his own and Vanzetti’s writings. A short film of the funeral, narrated by Bob D’Attilio, was also shown. Music was provided by Jake and the Infernal Machine.

Sacco and Vanzetti Slide Show

20/07/2017 - In 2016, the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society discontinued its traditional march and rally. We held our first indoor event instead. The venue allowed us to have an on-going slide show of a series of 50 pictures, from the past and the present, depicting the trial and execution and resulting solidarity for Sacco and Vanzetti. The slide show is set to advance by itself every 15 seconds. If you would rather have a static pdf file, we also include it here. The selection and captions were made by SVCS member, Jerry Kaplan.

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2016: Sacco and Vanzetti Remembered at Event in Boston

In 2016, in spite of our difficulties we still managed to remember and honor the memory of Sacco and Vanzetti. Instead of our traditional march and rally, we held an indoor event, featuring Robert Knox, author of “Suosso’s Lane” (2015). Bob D'Attilio, from our Society made a historical introduction, and we enjoyed music by Jeffrey Panettieri and Jake and the Infernal Machine. In the pictures from top to bottom, Jake, Bob, two pictures of writer Knox and lastly, Jeff performing music from Italy. Our thanks to Encuentro5 for providing the venue for this event. The struggle continues.

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To view the 2016 Boston City Council proclamation presented by Councillor Tito Jackson click here.

2015: Sacco and Vanzetti Memorial March and Rally

24/08/2015 - On Sunday, August 23, 2015 we again remembered the life and death of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti on the streets of Boston. This year we had the presence of the Boston Salvadoran Peace Band, a 45-people ensemble, that with their participation and performance addressed the immigration persecution aspect of this case. We also had the musical presence of Rafael Medina, JP Panettieri and Jake and the Infernal Machine. The event was co-sponsored by the Black Rose, Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society, IWW, and Encuentro5.

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To read the Boston City Council 2015 proclamation click here.

2014: Sacco and Vanzetti March Through Streets of Boston Again 87 Years Later

The Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society held its 9th Annual March and Rally in Commemoration of the two men wrongly executed in 1927. Their names were repeated over and over again throughout the march as the marchers chanted "Sacco and Vanzetti! Presente!" and "What do we want? Workers Rights!, When do we want it? Now!" the speeches included historical pieces by Bob D'Attilio, David Rothauser, and political speeches from representatives of the IWW and the CP-USA and Anarchist speakers. The music included performances by Boston's tenor Andrew Alexander, Sergio Reyes, Evan Greer, Rafael Medina, and Jake and the Infernal Machine band.

To read the 2014 Boston City Council resolution click here.

For a selection of pictures from the event click here.

2013: Eighth Annual March and Rally to Commemorate Sacco and Vanzetti

The Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Committee observed the eighty-sixth anniversary of the executions of Sacco and Vanzetti with its eighth annual march and rally. This year's march was once again co-sponsored by the local branch of the Industrial Workers of the World and began with a rally at the Boston Common Visitor's Center.

We want to thank all our speakers, performers, everyone who helped out, as well as everyone who attended.

To read the Boston City Council proclamation click here.

To see photo album click here.

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The 2012 Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration March and Rally

This year marked the seventh annual Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration March and Rally on the streets of Boston. Our march was lively and noisy, with puppets supplied by Bread & Puppets, but we had to march this year without a marching band because of an unforeseen schedule confict. We also learned at the last minute that the band Vanzetti would not be able to perform. However, we made up for this with the addition of an excellent musical performance of radical songs by Jake and the Infernal Machine and heartfelt labor songs by Bill Bumpus accompanied by his concertina.

  • For a video (by Maurice Morales) of the event click here.
  • Entrevista sobre el evento en español click here.
  • For a photo album click here.
  • To see the 2012 Boston City Council Resolution click here.

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    Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration 2011

    On Sunday, August 21st, for the sixth consecutive year, the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society marched through the streets of Boston. For the first time, this year?s route was shortened, starting at the Boston Common Visitor Center and ending at the entrance to the North End at the Rose Kennedy Greenway at Hanover and Cross streets. The event was enlivened with the participation of both the Leftist Marching Band (www.leftistmarchingband.org) and the Vanzetti band (www.wearevanzetti.com). The Leftist Marching Band opened the event with a grand entrance and later accompanied the march through Downtown Crossing to the delight of the crowd. Classics like El Pueblo Unido (The People United), Bella Ciao, Solidarity Forever, and The Internationale resounded in the streets of Boston. At the Greenway the Vanzetti band performed a lively acoustic set to an appreciative audience.

    David Kellermen from the IWW, Kevin Dwire from the Socialist Workers Party, a representative from the Tarek Mehanna Defense Committee, as well as Dave Whelpley delivered politically powerful talks, all under the skillful coordination of Rich Navin. Chuck Turner was present in spirit by way of a letter he sent to us from jail and read aloud to those gathered at the Greenway by Sergio Reyes. Once again, the Boston City Council passed a resolution declaring August 23, 2011, Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Day, presented this year by Boston City Councilor Charles Yancey. All in all, it was a memorable event.

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    Photos from the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Day 2010

    Under rainy skies we once again marched to honor the memory of our wrongly executed brothers Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. This year we were unable to be accompanied by a marching band, but we nevertheless made our presence on the streets of Boston known. We marched our now traditional route from Copley Square to the North End?s Paul Revere Mall. Once there, Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner presented the Society with a Council Resolution designating the day as "Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Day in Boston". Also this year, for the first time, we gathered at midnight on the 22nd in Charlestown, where the Charlestown Prison once stood and Bunker Hill Community now stands, to remember the moment Nick and Bart where executed.

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    Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Day 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 a collection of pictures of the event click here.

    Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Day in Boston, 2008

    On Saturday, August 23rd, 2008, Boston remembered the 81st anniversary of the execution of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. The crowd 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.

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

    To see a gallery of pictures of this event click here.

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    December 1, 2007 Re-Dedication of Historical Plaque at 256 Hanover Street, Boston

    Nearly 40 people braved the Boston cold on Saturday, December 1st. 2007, to unveil and rededicate a historical marker for Sacco and Vanzetti in the North End. The plaque was reinstalled at 256 Hanover Street, the place where the Sacco and Vanzetti Defense Committee functioned from 1925 to 1927. An original plaque had been installed there in 1976, during the bicentennial of the U.S. independence, as part of the Freedom Trail. Early in the 80s, however, the plaque disappeared. The Sacco and Vanzetti Society formed this year to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti decided to correct this situation and now there is a new plaque in place with the original wording and marking as it was in 1976.

    To see a series of 44 selected pictures taken by Fred Clow click here. (All of these pictures are available from the photographer in high resolution for printing. To contact Fred Clow write to apurnadas[at]msn.com.)

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    Photos from the August 23-25, 2007 Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Events

    28/08/2007 - These photos captured the spirit and attendance to the events organized by the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society from August 23rd to August 25th. They are presented as they have been sent to us by different photographers.

    We thank all the photograpic contributions as they attest to our actions. ...

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    The First Sacco & Vanzetti Commemoration Parade, Forest Hills 2006

    These are pictures of the first S&V Parade, which took place in Jamaica Plain on Sunday, August 27, 2006. People gathered under the rain at the Stony Brook Park for a rally. The speakers included mostly young people who either read poems, the writing of Sacco and Vanzetti from prison, or presented reports on their own struggles. The Boston May Day Coalition contributed Jesse Diaz, an immigrant rights leader from Los Angeles, who made the connections between repression of immigrants in the days of Sacco and Vanzetti and now. Jesse was one of the organizers of the successful May Day demonstration in Los Angeles, which gathered more than half a million people demanding immigrant rights. The parade went through Jamaica Plain to end at the Forest Hills Cemetery, where the bodies of Sacco and Vanzetti were cremated after their execution in 1927.

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