The Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society will screen rare film footage of the funeral followed by a general discussion of the case and the Society’s plan to erect a monument, and will conclude with a screening of Peter Miller’s documentary, Sacco and Vanzetti. The event will take place on Saturday, December 4th, beginning at 3:00, at the Casa Monte Cassino, 11 Tileston Street, in Boston’s North End, just off Hanover Street.
Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were two Italian-born immigrants, workers, and anarchists, who were tried and convicted in 1921 for the armed robbery and murder of two payroll guards. After 7 years of legal appeals and international protest, the two men were finally executed on August 23, 1927 in Boston for a crime that many felt they did not commit and by a judicial system that was patently biased and unjust.
The Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society, seeks to preserve the memory of Sacco and Vanzetti and to honor their efforts in trying to radically change the society they lived in. We wish to bring out their place in the history of radical Massachusetts, to help draw useful connections between the struggle of Sacco and Vanzetti and similar struggles today, and to inform our community about their living legacy. We stand against the death penalty, the persecution of political dissidents, as well as the persecution and scapegoating of immigrants. We hope that by raising a monument to Sacco and Vanzetti in Boston’s North End, a bronze bas-relief by the American sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, the same Borglum noted for his iconic sculptures of four American presidents in the hills of South Dakota, we can keep these issues fresh in the minds of our city, our state, and our nation.
All are welcome. Admission is free.