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Susana Cook, FF Alumn, at and Sacco &Vanzetti memorial events, August 22-23, 2002, 2002.

A teach-in/symposium on the continuing relevance of Sacco and Vanzetti's ordeal and death to today's struggles. This will take place on Thursday, Aug. 22nd at 7pm at SAINT JOSEPH'S CHURCH, 371 Avenue of the Americas (at the corner of Washington Place in Greenwich Village).

A rally/memorial from 5pm to 9pm on Aug. 23rd at the south end of UNION SQUARE (at 14th Street), which will look somewhat like the following:

5:00 Paul Avrich, historian of Italian immigrant anarchism
5:30 Team Spider (music)
5:45 Debbie Almontaser, Justice for Detainees
6:00 Steve Ben-Israel (performance)
6:15 Industrial Workers of the World (speaker TBD)
6:30 Courtney (music)
6:45 Zach (poetry)
7:00 Italian Americans for a Multicultural US (speaker TBD)
7:15 Living Theatre (performance)
7:30 Vittoria repetto (poetry)
7:45 Susana Cook (performance)
8:00 Malia Collective (speaker TBD)
8:15 Luisa Marino (music)
8:30 Mumia/Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
8:45 MDC
SACCO-VANZETTI COMMEMORATION COMMITTEE
339 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012 (Room 202)
Press Contact: Eric Laursen, (917) 806-6452

MASS RALLY & MEMORIAL TO COMMEMORATE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF SACCO-VANZETTI EXECUTIONS - AUG. 23RD, UNION SQUARE, NYC

DEATH PENALTY, ABUSE OF IMMIGRANTS' RIGHTS STILL RAMPANT TODAY

NEW YORK - The murder trial of two Italian-born anarchists, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, was the most celebrated political case of the 20th Century. On Aug. 23rd, global justice, immigrant rights, anti-war, and anti-death penalty activists around the world will commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the judicial murder of Sacco and Vanzetti, which took place on Aug. 23rd, 1927.

The Sacco-Vanzetti Commemoration Committee, organized by New York City activists, will be holding a mass rally and memorial from 4pm to 9pm on Aug. 23rd at the south end of UNION SQUARE (at 14th Street), where more than half a million people gathered in 1927 to protest the state-sanctioned killing of the two anarchists. The previous evening, Aug. 22nd at 7pm, a symposium will be held at ST. JOSEPH'S CHURCH, 371 Avenue of the Americas (at the corner of Washington Place in Greenwich Village), on the continuing relevance of Sacco and Vanzetti's ordeal and death to today's struggles.

Framed for a killing in Massachusetts, Sacco and Vanzetti were the most famous victims of the Red Scares - the first great wave of US government persecution against political dissidents. Their case inspired mass protest around the world, and their memory has never been forgotten. Yet again and again, during the McCarthy Era, the Civil Rights and Vietnam War struggles, and now during the "war on terror," the state has persecuted, scapegoated, and framed dissidents - especially immigrants, the poor, and people of color - to suit its political ends. Now more than ever, we must remember the legacy of Sacco and Vanzetti:
* As hundreds of immigrants sit in jails, rounded up in a wave of hysteria after Sept. 11.
* As hundreds more sit on death rows around the country.
* As the Bush Administration prepares an unprecedented assault on civil rights in the name of "homeland security."

Participants and performers at the Aug. 22rd symposium and the Aug. 23 rally and memorial will be announced shortly.

"Everything should be done to keep alive the tragic affair of Sacco and Vanzetti in the conscience of mankind." ALBERT EINSTEIN, 1947