"That last moment belong to us - that agony is our
triumph." - Bartolomeo Vanzetti, shortly before his
August 23 marks the 75th anniversary of the judicial
murders of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two
Italian-born anarchists, by the State of Massachusetts.
On August 23 this year, we will hold a mass rally and
memorial in Union Square, New York City, to commemorate
their executions and renew our commitment to the ideals
Sacco and Vanzetti fought for - a society without the
state, without the church, without capitalism - a
classless society where everyone can live free.
The 75th anniversary of their deaths is a chance for all
anarchists around the world to exchange information about
what we are doing to carry on Sacco and Vanzetti's
WRITE TO US! Tell us about your affinity group's current
struggles - in your country, in your community,
internationally - and how you are fighting the forces that
Sacco and Vanzetti dedicated their lives to overcoming. We
will read your message at the Union Square rally on August
23, and include it in a book to be published shortly
ORGANIZE YOUR OWN SACCO-VANZETTI OBSERVANCES IN YOUR
COMMUNITIES! Combine them with direct actions against the
state, against capitalism, against the forces that enslave
us every day. Make August 23 a worldwide day of
expression for our resistance to the state and the
capitalist forces that control it.
Why are Sacco and Vanzetti still important today?
Sacco and Vanzetti were framed for two murders in
Massacusetts because the United States ruling class was
in the grip of a hysterical witch-hunt against anarchists.
Coming out of the First World War - a war fought to enrich
the capitalist class - America was rounding up,
imprisoning without trial, and deporting hundreds of
foreign-born workers on suspicion of being "subversives."
A non-citizen who merely expressed the opinion that the
state was not the best way to organize a society was in
danger of prison, torture, and deportation. The death
penalty was an established part of the judicial process;
judges applied it disproportionately against the poor,
people of color, and immigrants.
Today, very little is different. The "war on terrorism"
has given the US government the pretext for a massive
assault on human and civil rights. Hundreds of foreign-born
persons are being held indefinitely, without trial, for
the "crime" of being Muslim. Hundreds more, mostly people
of color, sit on death rows waiting to be made martyrs to
the state's relentless quest to assert its authority over
life and death. Meanwhile, the US continues to fight its
"war on terrorism" as a cover for extending the power of
the business elite who control the government. Other
governments are either enthusiastically supporting or
silently going along with America's attempts to impose a
single capitalist order over the entire world.
The nature of the state and of capitalism have not changed.
But neither has our opposition to them. In the 1920s, the
framing of Sacco and Vanzetti ignited protests all over
the world. Demonstrations took place in France, Italy,
Switzerland, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, and Scandinavia.
It took 10,000 police and 18,000 soldiers to prevent a mob
from besieging the American embassy in Paris. Today,
opposition to global capitalism's attempts to dominate the
developing countries and destroy workers' rights in the
industrialized nations continues to grow, despite police
repression and government's refusal to listen. The
struggle, as Sacco and Vanzetti knew, is worldwide.
Join us on August 23 to show that the struggle continues!
Send Writings to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sacco-Vanzetti Commemoration Committee
339 Lafayette Street, New York NY 10012, Room 212