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News :: Organizing : Politics
Howard Zinn, Presente!
29 Jan 2010
With great sorrow, we mark the death of one of anarchism’s most thoughtful and productive minds, but it is with great joy that we celebrate his contributions to the movement for true justice and freedom. We share our joy for what he has given us with his actions and words, here in Boston and across the world. Far from being a lofty academic, before his professorship and writing career he was a dock worker from Brooklyn who went on to fight in WWII, earning his degree afterward on the GI Bill. The following is a statement from members of the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society:
"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. (See photos) 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 analysis 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!'"

Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010) will be missed.

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