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News :: International : Labor : Media : Organizing
Sacco and Vanzetti Memorial Day
24 Aug 2008
Boston, MA--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. This is the third rally organized by the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society in Boston.

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Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching band

Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching band
Provided a contrary festive atmosphere to the somber issues of Immigrant Rights, Death Penalty, State Repression, and the memories of Sacco and Vanzetti.

Sue Mortimer


It was a motley crew of 50 to 60 dedicated anarchists that marched from Copley Sq. through the streets of downtown Boston to the North End. Red, Anarchist and Black flags were waving in the breeze. A large banner of Sacco and Vanzetti led the march. This was the day, August 23, 2008, that marked the 81 anniversary of their execution.

Emperor with v/o


Jay Carmen
Sicilian woman

I asked Molly Adelstien of BAM
(Boston Anti-authoritarian Movement) why she felt it was important to remember Sacco and Vanzetti.

Molly interview

Molly Adelstien of BAM. She also works with the Lucy Parsons Center, and later addressed the rally at the North End

Molly Adelstien – Lucy Parsons Center and BAM

Pascalina Columbaro –is a Union Organizer


Bells from the old North Church chimed as the anarchists held their rally across the street.

Sergio and Bells

David Rauthiser, who produced a PBS aired Documentary on Sacco and Vanzetti described the character of Elizabeth Glendor Evans. She was the Director of the New England Civil Liberties Union and very involved in Sacco and Vanzettis lives during the trial. She taught them English. They affectionately called her Auntie B.
David then read a poem that Vanzetti wrote to her while awaiting execution.

David Act

Boston City Councilor, Chuck Turner tied the current anti-immigrant hysteria and Sept. 1l, to what happened to Sacco and Vanzetti,

Chuck 1

Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner, one of the more radical voices on that governing body. He then read an official Proclamation.

Chuck 2

Sergio Reyes of the Boston May Day Coalition was on of the organizers. He closed out the event in the North End.

Sergio out


This program was recorded, mixed and edited by your announcer, Chuck Rosina for the Boston Community Reporters Project.
Thanks to FreemanZ for providing technical support.
And thank you for listening.

Emperor up and out.
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