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Welcome to the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society Webpage!

The year 2007 marked the 80th anniversary of the execution of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. The previous year, 2006, a dedicated group of activists carried out a parade from the Stony Brook Park in Jamaica Plain to the Forest Hills Cemetery where the bodies of Sacco & Vanzetti were cremated after their execution. (To watch a 5-min clip prepared by RAI TV Italy click here.)

We will be out on the streets of Boston every year around August 23 and besides marching and demonstrating we hope to establish the foundation for a monument to Sacco and Vanzetti in the North End of Boston.

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Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society Mission

The Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society exists to preserve the memory of Sacco and Vanzetti's struggle to radically change society. We want to educate our neighbors about Massachusetts' radical history, and draw connections between the struggles of Sacco and Vanzetti and similar struggles today. We stand against the death penalty and political persecution as well as the persecution and scapegoating of immigrants.

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Sacco & Vanzetti: Storie d'immigrazione italiana negli Stati Uniti.

"Sacco & Vanzetti: Stories of Italian immigration in the United States." Documentary screening, panel discussion, and songs & music, May 11, 2019 from 3-8 p.m. at the Dante Alighieri Cultural Center, 41 Hampshire St., Cambridge. Free admission.

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Two documentaries by Peter Miller to be shown at the Somerville Library: Sacco & Vanzetti and The Internationale.

"Sacco and Vanzetti" and "The Internationale", two films by director Peter Miller. Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 1:00 PM, at the Somerville Library, 79 Highland Avenue, Somerville.

This event is sponsored by the Boston Labor Solidarity Committee and the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society.

The poster can be downloaded here

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2018: Sacco and Vanzetti Remembered in Cambridge, Massachusetts

This year’s event was co-sponsored by the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society and the Dante Alighieri Society of Cambridge and featured former governor Michael Dukakis, who spoke on the challenges immigrants have faced throughout American history, Professor Michele Fazio, who spoke on mining archives for materials related to the lives of Sacco and Vanzetti, and David Rothauser, who read selections from his own and Vanzetti’s writings. A short film of the funeral, narrated by Bob D’Attilio, was also shown. Music was provided by Jake and the Infernal Machine.

A radical commemoration of Sacco and Vanzetti at e5, Sat. August 25

Sacco and Vanzetti, a radical commemoration at encuentro5, saturday, August 25, 7pm. 9A Hamilton Place, Boston (near Park St. T station)

Please join encuentro5 community and friends in honoring Sacco and Vanzetti on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 7:pm. The program will include presentations from on-the-ground activists in Chile (our own Sergio Reyes), India and material from the forthcoming “A People's Guide to Greater Boston”. 9A Hamilton Pl. Boston (across from Park Street train station *Green/Red lines)

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Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration 2018

The Sacco Vanzetti Commemoration Society
The Dante Alighieri Society of Cambridge
We Still Remember…
A look at the case that rocked Boston and the world from 1920-1927.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 7:00pm
Dante Alighieri Auditorium
41 Hampshire St. Cambridge, MA 02139


LA MARCIA DEL DOLORE (The March of Sorrow)
rare film footage of the funeral of Sacco and Vanzetti

Public discussion and commentary led by
Gov. Michael Dukakis

Readings from the only fiction of Bartolomeo Vanzetti
Events and Victims edited by Jon Curley

Mining the Archives: in the Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti
Prof. Michele Fazio

Readings from a new novel
The Diary of Sacco and Vanzetti by David Rothauser

Music inspired by the story of Sacco and Vanzetti
Jake and the Infernal Machine

Download flyer here.

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On the 90th Anniversary of their Execution: We Remembered Sacco and Vanzetti in Boston!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 6PM-8PM
At encuentro 5, 9A Hamilton Place, Boston

90 years ago the Commonwealth of Massachusetts committed judicial murder by executing Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. The men were Italian immigrants, workers, and anarchists. The perfect combination to be accused of a crime they didn't carry out. We don't forget this injustice. You shouldn't either.


  • Author David Rothauser - speaking on the completion of his historical novel "The Diary of Sacco and Vanzetti".

  • Musician and historian, Stephen Sanfilippo - musical performance of Woody Guthrie's "Ballads of Sacco and Vanzetti".

    Download flyer here.

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    Sacco and Vanzetti Slide Show

    07/20/2017 [PHOTOS] - In 2016, the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society discontinued its traditional march and rally. We held our first indoor event instead. The venue allowed us to have an on-going slide show of a series of 50 pictures, from the past and the present, depicting the trial and execution and resulting solidarity for Sacco and Vanzetti. The slide show is set to advance by itself every 15 seconds. If you would rather have a static pdf file, we also include it here. The selection and captions were made by SVCS member, Jerry Kaplan.

    To view on your browser click here.

    To view/download pdf click here.

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    Recently published book on the Sacco and Vanzetti Case

    Lorenzo Tibaldo has written three books on the Sacco and Vanzetti. His most recent one, just published, is Mussolini e il case Sacco-Vanzetti put out by Claudiana publishing. The book details Mussolini’s attitude towards the anarchists using unpublished documents and correspondence from the Italian Embassy in Washington to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome from November 1921 to August 1927. The book includes photographs and copies of documents, including a handwritten letter from Mussolini to the American Ambassador in Rome regarding the Sacco and Vanzetti case. All three books are in Italian.

  • Mussolini e il Caso Sacco Vanzetti
  • Soto un Cielo Stellato
  • Lettere e Scritti dal Carcere

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    2016: Sacco and Vanzetti Remembered at Event in Boston

    In 2016, in spite of our difficulties we still managed to remember and honor the memory of Sacco and Vanzetti. Instead of our traditional march and rally, we held an indoor event, featuring Robert Knox, author of “Suosso’s Lane” (2015). Bob D'Attilio, from our Society made a historical introduction, and we enjoyed music by Jeffrey Panettieri and Jake and the Infernal Machine. In the pictures from top to bottom, Jake, Bob, two pictures of writer Knox and lastly, Jeff performing music from Italy. Our thanks to Encuentro5 for providing the venue for this event. The struggle continues.

    To view the pictures click here.

    To view the 2016 Boston City Council proclamation presented by Councillor Tito Jackson click here.


    Tuesday, August 23, 2016 – 7PM
    Encuentro5 – 9A Hamilton Pl., Boston, MA (Near Park St. T)

    Featured Speaker: Robert Knox, author of “Suosso’s Lane” (2015)
    Music by J.P. Provenzano and Jake and the Infernal Machine

    A free event sponsored by the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society

    To download the flyer in pdf click here.
    To download the flyer in jpeg click here.

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    Justice Denied In Massachusetts - Short film adaptation in YouTube

    In 1947 modern dancer Judy Job composed and performed a dance to mark the 20th anniversary of the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti. Danced to the music of Ernest Bloch (here performed by Marian Conti, but in 1947 for Judy Job by the late pianist Naomi Sparrow) combined with a reading of Edna St Vincent Millay's poem, "Justice Denied in Massachusetts." With only two still photos from the 1947 performance surviving, this montage uses those two photos, as well as photos supplied by the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society.

    Sacco and Vanzetti Bibliography

    The primary sources for this bibliography have been the WorldCat database, Anne Folger Decker's extensive bibliography, and the Anarchist Archives Project collection. Other sources have included bibliographies from a number of books and searches on the internet. Source(s) for entries are available upon request.

    As a general rule, I have included only the earliest edition of an item in the original language and country in which it was published, as well as the earliest translation in each country in which it was published. If an item was published in the same language in two different countries, e.g., the U.S. and England or Spain and Argentina, I have included both. Where it was not clear where an item first appeared, e.g., an article appearing in two monthly magazines in the same month, I have included both. Reprints have been included only if new material has been added.

    To view the full document in pdf format click here.

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    The Monument to Sacco and Vanzetti that Never Saw the Streets of Boston

    Boston, July 15, 2007. In 1997 (exactly August 23) a 10-years younger Thomas Menino received as Mayor of Boston a relief of Sacco and Vanzetti sculpted by the famous author of the Mt. Rushmore National Memorial depicting the first 150 years of independent history of the U.S. with the likeness of Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln. The artist's name was (John) Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum. The massive project in Mt. Rushmore sharply contrasts with the 7-foot size of the Sacco and Vanzetti relief that reads:

    "What I wish more than all in this last hour of agony is that our case and our fate may be understood in their real being and serve as a tremendous lesson to the forces of freedom, that our suffering and death will not have been in vain."

    What happened to that monument?

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