saccov1The Sacco and Vanzetti Foundation (SVF), a project of the Transformative Studies Institute (TSI), was founded in 2008 in respectful memory of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. In 1920 the two Italian immigrants were arrested in Brockton, MA, accused of murdering a pay-clerk and guard during the robbery of the Slater-Morrill Shoe Company. Several hundred thousand protesters around the world voiced their disgust with the trial of Sacco and Vanzetti, believing that the Italian anarchists were innocent and unfairly tried. Following armed police repression of protesters in Boston and other large cities where the radical labor movement had taken hold, Sacco and Vanzetti were executed on August 23, 1927. Today even the Boston City government and widely respected historians such as Howard Zinn proclaim what many at the time already knew: innocent men had been stripped of their civil rights and wrongfully executed. The Sacco and Vanzetti trial represents a time in US history defined by political repression, and the capacity of common working people to resist such oppression. The SVF now emerges as a collective effort to build upon this rich history of vigorous action in defense of civil liberties and fundamental freedoms.  As a first step, the SVF is seeking applicants for small “scholarships” meant to support radical social justice projects/actions that might continue the legacy of Sacco, Vanzetti, and countless other dedicated activists of their, and our time.  

  • Those interested in scholarships should submit (via this site) a detailed proposal, including:
  1. 400 words – Importance/Purpose/Problem
  2. 300 words – How does your proposal relate to similar existing work?
  3. 200 words – What is your strategy for dissemination (how will people know about it/see it/participate in it?)?
  4. Brief timeline with proposed date of completion
  5. Brief proposed line-item budget detailing how funds/resources will be used
  6. 200 word Biography (for projects centered around particular authors, speakers, or actors)
  • Projects may take final shape in any material form (written publication, artwork, music, documentary film/video, event(s), direct action(s), and so forth), and creativity is encouraged.  
  • NOTE:  The SVF is still in the initial stages of organization and gathering funds.  We hope to be collecting donations from the public via Paypall as soon as possible.
  • In addition, the SVF hopes to create the “Friends of SVF” to establish a relationship with donors of various contribution levels.