'Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.' -- Eugene V. Debs

Monday, August 23, 2004

Sacco and Vanzetti 

Seventy seven years ago today the state of Massachusetts killed the Italian anarchists, Sacco and Vanzetti, for a crime they did not commit. From Sacco's last letter to his 14-year-old son, Dante:

... But remember always, Dante, in the play of happiness, don't you use all for yourself only, but down yourself just one step, at your side and help the weak ones that cry for help, help the persecuted and the victims, because they are your better friends; they are the comrades that fight and fall as your father and Bartolo fought and fell yesterday for the conquest of the joy of freedom for all and the poor workers. In this struggle of life you will find more love and you will be loved.

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