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Sacco's employer and landlord Mike Kelly had this to say of him:
A man who is in his garden at 4 o’clock in the morning, and at the factory at 7 o’clock, and in his garden again after supper and until nine and ten at night, carrying water and raising vegetables beyond his own needs which he would bring to me to give to the poor, that man is not a holdup man.
I wanted a roof for every family, bread for every mouth, education for every heart, light for every intellect. I am convinced that the human history has not yet begun -- that we find ourselves in the last period of the prehistoric. I see with the eyes of my soul how the sky is diffused with rays of the new millennium. -- Bartolomeo Vanzetti
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Encouragement came from people in the street, some of whom approached with words of praise for the remembrance of these men who were executed by the state after what all agree was a sham trial fraught with racism and judicial misconduct.
The persecution of immigrants is anything but a relic of the past, as recent raids by a Government Gestapo-like entity (cynically named I.C.E.) has shown.
This march protested America's constant state of war. Americans may be by nature, as Bush says "a peaceful people," but Americans participate in wars on a constant basis, from the cold war to the war of drugs to the hypocritical "War on Terrorism" with each of these serving merely to consolidate an utterly unamerican police state.Similarly, "hot" wars also play a part in this process and America has never been at peace since World War Two, playing out what General and Former President Eisenhower foretold in his speech warning of a growing profit-motivated complex (video) where he referes to "the acquisition of unwarrated influence." (examples: AIPAC, and of course, all war profiteers including defense production and service contractors)
The as-yet undeclared War on Immigrants rages forth, with brutal raids targeting the poorest and hardest-working people in America, people who come here, more often than not, as a result of economic devastation of their native land brought by US policy and the World Bank.
The march terminated in Boston's North End, and Italian ethnic enclave, and the site of Paul Revere's home and this heroic equestrian statue celebrating the icon of the American Revolution whose ride ended abruptly upon his capture in Lincoln, (where the author was raised) even before Revere reached Concord. (where the author attended school and later on taught. His family's construction company also built one of the town's fire stations.)
Paul Revere Statue
Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner reads a Council resolution supporting the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society.
Boston, August 23, 2008.- Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner will officially present the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society (SVCS) with a proclamation passed by the Boston City Council on August 21, 2008. The SVCS will held its third annual Sacco and Vanzetti Memorial March and Rally today. The march will leave at 3pm from Copley Square, expecting to arrive at 4pm in the North End. A rally will be held at the Paul Revere Mall, Hanover Street, in the North End.
The text of the resolution follows and a copy of the official resolution can be found at www.saccoandvanzetti.org
City of Boston
Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti Commemoration Day
Offered By Boston City Councillors Chuck Turner and Charles Yancey
Whereas: On August 23, 1927, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed after being found guilty for the murder of Alessandro Berardelli and Frederic Parmenter by a clearly prejudiced and biased judge of the Commonwealth; and
Whereas: Sacco and Vanzetti were outspoken critics of the federal government - self-professed anarchists - and many historians and others have contended that the Sacco and Vanzetti prosecution, trial, and death sentence displayed a lack of respect for political civil liberties and the right to dissent; and
Whereas: Some critics have alleged that the conviction and execution of Sacco and Vanzetti, who were first-generation Italian immigrants, were at least partially influenced by racism, anti-Italian prejudice, and discrimination against immigrants in the United States; and
Whereas: On August 23, 1977, Governor Michael Dukakis issued a proclamation acknowledging the fiftieth anniversary of the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti and asking everyone to "resolve to prevent the forces of intolerance, fear, and hatred from ever again uniting to overcome the rationality, wisdom and fairness to which our legal system aspiresÓ; and
Whereas: These historical events are an integral part of the history of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and constitute a nefarious precedent that we must strive not to repeat; and
Whereas: On August 23, 2008, the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society is holding a gathering at Copley Square, and a march to the North End ending with a rally there;Ê
Therefore be it Resolved
That the Boston City Council does hereby extend its admiration and congratulations to the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society, and in honor of its many contributions, does hereby declareÊ August 23, 2008Ê Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Day in the City of Boston.Ê This resolution be signed by the President of the City Council and be made part of the Official City Record, attested to and a copy thereof transmitted by the Clerk of the City of Boston.
By Marianne Feeney, President of the City Council
Rosaria Salerno, Clerk of the City of Boston
Offiered by: Chuck Turner, Charles Yancey
Date: August 21, 2008
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