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The Untold History of the United States: Chapter 4: The Cold War 1945-1950

You are invited to join The Vito Marcantonio Forum (VMF) continues with the latest installment  of Oliver Stone’s multi-part documentary,

The Untold History of the United States: Chapter 4: The Cold War.

WHAT: Screening of The Untold History of  the United States. Chaired by Gerald Meyer, VMF co-chair of the Vito Marcantonio Forum, the film will be followed by an open discussion.
Introductions by Adam Meyer; facilitation of Open Discussion, by Gerald Meyer; dramatization of Vito Marcantonio’s speech in Congress on “The Marshall Plan and Italy,” by Roberto Ragone.
WHEN: Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
WHERE: Community Room at the Mulberry Street Public Library:
10 Jersey St. (btw Lafayette and Mulberry Sts.) New York, NY 10012
PLEASE NOTE: Chapter 5 screening will be on December 1, 2018
Light Refreshments / Free Admission 

cold war eraFrom February to May, the Vito Marcantonio Forum showed the first three of Stone’s ten, one-hour long, episodes that comprise his masterful documentary, “The Untold History of the United States,” each of which was followed by an Open Discussion. These events attracted large, engaged audiences. This series will resume with the screening of “The Cold War,” a period which saw U.S. foreign policy make a 180-degree turn from cooperation with the Soviet Union to hostility towards its recent ally. At home, the federal government and much of civil society turned on the Left, which was largely extirpated through ruthless persecution.

Stone’s interpretation of this period proposes that the United States, in an alliance with Great Britain, was largely responsible for the hostilities that ensued. He also shows that the accompanying havoc at home wrecked the New Deal coalition. Whatever one’s opinion of his point of view, Stone’s cinematography ranks among the best. Almost eerily, Stone’s interpretation of this period of U. S. history mirrors the positions Vito Marcantonio presented from the floor of the House of Representatives, on radio, in Madison Square Garden/Yankee Stadium, and at countless street-corner rallies throughout New York City.

The screening of “The Cold War,” on Nov. 3 will be followed by–“The ’50s: Eisenhower, the H-Bomb, and the Third World,” on Dec. 1; and “JFK to the Brink,” on Jan, 5. All three parts of this series take place on the first Saturdays of the month in the Community Room of the MSPL, btw. 2:00-4:00; all are free and serve light refreshments.

We encourage you to go on-line and purchase “The Untold History of the U.S.,” an extraordinary volume, authored by Stone and Peter Kusnick, that accompanies the documentary.

PS: There is interest in forming a four-session reading circle for Leonard Covello’s, The Heart Is the Teacher. If you are interested, please send an email to GeraldJMeyer@aol.com, who will facilitate this endeavor. Please include which evening(s), from Monday to Thursday, you are available.

untold history of the united statesAbout the film: Who started the Cold War? In a month-by-month analysis, the initial aggressors are less apparent. Yet, the relationship between the Soviets and the West are none-the-less solidified with Churchill’s Iron Curtain speech. The US enters the “Red Scare” and creates The House Un-American Activities Committee in an attempt to place the “right” ideology as a bedrock for US culture. The rise of Joseph McCarthy, with the aid of the FBI, turns into a near witch hunt for Communists in America..
About Oliver Stone: This prolific and ingenious screenwriter and director has authored numerous award-winning feature  films, including SalvadorThe Fourth of JulyJFK — that have reached millions of viewers with dramatic depictions of historic events that challenge conventional interpretations of critical events of our time. Stone’s official website is oliverstone.com and his official Twitter handle is: @TheOliverStone

The Untold History of the United States: Chapter 3: The Bomb.

You are invited to join The Vito Marcantonio Forum (VMF) continues with the last installment  of Oliver Stone’s multi-part documentary,

The Untold History of the United States: Chapter 3: The Bomb.

WHAT: Screening of The Untold History of  the United States. Chaired by Gerald Meyer, VMF co-chair of the Vito Marcantonio Forum, the film will be followed by an open discussion.
VMF Co-Chairman, Roberto Ragone will perform a reenactment of the Vito Marcantonio speech “How the Marshall Plan Betrayed Democracy: The Case of Italy.”
Emcee: VMF Treasurer, Adam Meyer
WHEN: Saturday, May 12th, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
WHERE: Community Room at the Mulberry Street PL, 10 Jersey St.
(btw Lafayette and Mulberry Sts.)
PLEASE NOTE: This it the final session
Light Refreshments / Free Admission 
nucleur explosionAbout the film: This series will focus on the first four chapters of The Untold History, which spans the events leading up to United States entry into World War II until the outbreak of the Korean War. This period coincides with Marcantonio’s seven-term tenure in Congress, where he advocated for policies aligned with those presented in The Untold History.
About Oliver Stone: This prolific and ingenious screenwriter and director has authored numerous award-winning feature  films, including SalvadorThe Fourth of JulyJFK — that have reached millions of viewers with dramatic depictions of historic events that challenge conventional interpretations of critical events of our time. Stone’s official website is oliverstone.com and his official Twitter handle is: @TheOliverStone

The Untold History of the United States: Chapter 3: The Bomb.

You are invited to join The Vito Marcantonio Forum (VMF) continues with the last installment  of Oliver Stone’s multi-part documentary,

The Untold History of the United States: Chapter 3: The Bomb.

WHAT: Screening of The Untold History of  the United States. Chaired by Gerald Meyer, VMF co-chair of the Vito Marcantonio Forum, the film will be followed by an open discussion
WHEN: Saturday, May 12th, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
WHERE: Community Room at the Mulberry Street PL, 10 Jersey St.
(btw Lafayette and Mulberry Sts.)
PLEASE NOTE: This it the final session
Light Refreshments / Free Admission 
nucleur explosionAbout the film: This series will focus on the first four chapters of The Untold History, which spans the events leading up to United States entry into World War II until the outbreak of the Korean War. This period coincides with Marcantonio’s seven-term tenure in Congress, where he advocated for policies aligned with those presented in The Untold History.
About Oliver Stone: This prolific and ingenious screenwriter and director has authored numerous award-winning feature  films, including SalvadorThe Fourth of JulyJFK — that have reached millions of viewers with dramatic depictions of historic events that challenge conventional interpretations of critical events of our time. Stone’s official website is oliverstone.com and his official Twitter handle is: @TheOliverStone

The Untold History of the United States: A Documentary by Oliver Stone Screening and Open Discussion | Part 3

untold history of the united statesThe Untold History of the United States: A Documentary by Oliver Stone
Chapter 3: The Bomb

You are invited to join The Vito Marcantonio Forum (VMF) continues a four-session series of Oliver Stone’s multi-part documentary, The Untold History of the United States: Chapter 3: The Bomb.
WHAT: Screening of The Untold History of  the United States. Chaired by Gerald Meyer, VMF co-chair of the Vito Marcantonio Forum, the film will be followed by an open discussion
WHEN: Saturday, April 14th, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
WHERE: Community Room at the Mulberry Street PL, 10 Jersey St. (btw Lafayette and Mulberry Sts.)
The final session will take place on May 12th at the same place and time.
Light Refreshments / Free Admission
About the film: This series will focus on the first four chapters of The Untold History, which spans the events leading up to United States entry into World War II until the outbreak of the Korean War. This period coincides with Marcantonio’s seven-term tenure in Congress, where he advocated for policies aligned with those presented in The Untold History.
About Oliver Stone: This prolific and ingenious screenwriter and director has authored numerous award-winning feature  films, including SalvadorThe Fourth of JulyJFK — that have reached millions of viewers with dramatic depictions of historic events that challenge conventional interpretations of critical events of our time. Stone’s official website is oliverstone.com and his official Twitter handle is: @TheOliverStone

The Untold History of the United States: A Documentary by Oliver Stone Screening and Open Discussion Part 2!

The Untold History of the United States: A Documentary by Oliver Stone
Chapter 2: Roosevelt, Truman & Wallace

untold history of the united states You are invited to join The Vito Marcantonio Forum (VMF) continues a four-session series of Oliver Stone’s multi-part documentary, The Untold History of the United States: Chapter 2: Roosevelt, Truman & Wallace.
WHAT: Screening of The Untold History of  the United States. Chaired by VMF Treasurer, Adam V. Meyer, and moderated by Roberto Ragone, co-chair of the Vito Marcantonio Forum, the film will be followed by an open discussion
WHEN: Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
WHERE: Community Room at the Mulberry Street PL, 10 Jersey St. (btw Lafayette and Mulberry Sts.)
Futures sessions will take place on , April 14th, and May 12th, at the same place and time.
Light Refreshments / Free Admission
About the film: This series will focus on the first four chapters of The Untold History, which spans the events leading up to United States entry into World War II until the outbreak of the Korean War. This period coincides with Marcantonio’s seven-term tenure in Congress, where he advocated for policies aligned with those presented in The Untold History.
About Oliver Stone: This prolific and ingenious screenwriter and director has authored numerous award-winning feature  films, including SalvadorThe Fourth of JulyJFK — that have reached millions of viewers with dramatic depictions of historic events that challenge conventional interpretations of critical events of our time. Stone’s official website is oliverstone.com and his official Twitter handle is: @TheOliverStone

Screening and discussion of Oliver Stone’s The Untold History of the United States

The Vito Marcantonio Forum Presents:
The Untold History of the United States: A Documentary by Oliver Stone

untold history of the united states You are invited to join The Vito Marcantonio Forum (VMF) launch of a four-session series of
Oliver Stone’s multi-part documentary, The Untold History of the United States.
WHAT: Screening of The Untold History of  the United States.  Chaired by Adam V. Meyer; Introduced by Gerald Meyer, co-chair of the Vito Marcantonio Forum, and followed by open discussion
WHEN:Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
WHERE: Community Room at the Mulberry Street PL, 10 Jersey St. (btw Lafayette and Mulberry Sts.)
Futures sessions will take place on March 10th, April 14th, and May 12th, at the same place and time.
Light Refreshments / Free Admission
About the film: This series will focus on the first four chapters of The Untold History, which spans the events leading up to United States entry into World War II until the outbreak of the Korean War. This period coincides with Marcantonio’s seven-term tenure in Congress, where he advocated for policies aligned with those presented in The Untold History.
About Oliver Stone: This prolific and ingenious screenwriter and director has authored numerous award-winning feature  films, including SalvadorThe Fourth of JulyJFK — that have reached millions of viewers with dramatic depictions of historic events that challenge conventional interpretations of critical events of our time.

Eighth—and—last Session Vito Marcantonio Forum / Chelsea Rising Reading Circle

This is the last session of eight reading circles… there will be a holiday party attached to the end of the event!

Eighth—and—last Session

Vito Marcantonio Forum / Chelsea Rising Reading Circle

i-vote-my-conscience by annette t rubinstein

On every third Wednesday of the month, since April, the VMF / Chelsea Rising Reading Circle has met, from 6:00 to 8:00, to study I Vote My Conscience: Debates, Speeches, and Writings of Vito Marcantonio, edited by Annette T. Rubinstein.

Dec. 25th’s session will focus on Marc’s monumental service to the cause of Puerto Rico and the defense of the rights of Puerto Ricans in the diaspora. “Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican People, 1935 to 1950,” pp. 374-439.

When: Wed. Dec. 20, 2017
Time: 6:00 to 8:00
Where: Penn South’s Community Room 339 W24th St. (btw. 8th & 9th Aves.)

Being that this is the last session of the reading circle, Pizza/Beverages/Dessert will be served… PLEASE JOIN US!!!

DEDICATION OF THE VITO MARCANTONIO LUCKY CORNER

The VMF is proud to announce: Speaker of the City Council, Melissa Mark-Viverito, invites you to the dedication of the Vito Marcantonio Lucky Corner, E116th St. and Lexington Ave. this Sunday, December 17, 2017 from 1:00PM to 2:00PM.

Vito Marcantonio Lucky Corner

There will be a reading of the poem, “Litany of San Vito,” by Gil Fagiani that will be performed by: Christopher Bell, (English), Maria Lisella, (Italian), and Gloria E. Quiñones (Spanish). Other talks include:

  • Vito Marcantonio Lucky Corner street namingLuLu LoLo Pascale “Personal Memory of Marc.”
  • Dr. Gerald Meyer: “The Lucky Corner: Its History, Its Future.”
  • Roberto Ragone: “Marc for Mayor, at the Lucky Corner.”
  • Melissa Mark-Viverito, Speaker of the New York City Council: Dedication.
If you would like more information on the history of Lucky Corner, see Gerald Meyer’s article:  http://www.vitomarcantonio.com/vm_lucky_corner.html 
Vito Marcantonio Lucky Corner
Street Naming
Sunday, December 17, 2017 from 1PM-2PM
E116th Street & Lexington Ave (Northeast Corner)
New York, NY 10029
We cannot thank everyone for their hard work and dedication. See you on Sunday at 1PM!
Sponsored by:
The Speaker of the New York City Council & The Vito Marcantonio Forum
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Join us for a stage reading of “Waiting for Lefty” on Dec 10th, 2017.
You can contact us for details on any of these events, however, we really would appreciate you reading everything here first:
WAITING FOR LEFTY
Sunday, December 10th at 3pm at
The Roy Arias Stages (2nd floor)
777 8th Ave between 47th and 48th Streets
Tickets will be $10 at the door.
or a reservation can be made by emailing
Directed by Art Bernal with an introduction by Gerald Meyer and an epilogue by Roberto Ragone as Vito Marcantonio, this stage reading will be dedicated to Marcantonio, who was born on December 10, 1902.

 

i-vote-my-conscience by annette t rubinsteinChelsea Rising Reading Circle | Dec 20th, 6PM-8PM
On the third Wednesday of every month, The VMF has been sponsoring a reading circle run by Co-chair Gerald Meyer, on I Vote My Conscience by Annette T. Rubinstein.
There is no admission charge and being that this is the final installment in the series–this event will end with a celebration with food and beverage provided–so don’t miss it!
Penn South Reading Room
339 W 24th St
New York, NY 10011

If Only I Were That Warrior: A Documentary Film by Valerio Ciriaci

If Only I Were That Warrior - a film by Valerio Ciriaci

The Vito Marcantonio Forum proudly presents a free screening of: If Only I Were That Warrior, with a Q & A with its director, Valerio Ciriaci

Admission: Free
Sat. Oct. 7th, 2017 | From 1:00PM to 4:00PM

Community Room
Mulberry Street Public Library
10 Jersey St. (btw Lafayette and Mulberry Sts.)

If Only I Were That Warrior explores Italy’s Fascist government’s near-forgotten invasion of Ethiopia in 1935, which was spurred on by Mussolini’s lust to avenge the Ethiopian people’s successful defense of their independence by defeating, in 1896, the Italian Army at Adwa. The second invasion smashed Ethiopia’s resistance through overwhelming force aided by the use of poison gas and other atrocious methods.

The documentary deftly illuminates this event through an exploration of the reaction—in Italy, Ethiopia, and the United States—to the erection of a monument to the leader of the Fascist invasion, General Rodolfo Graziani, in his hometown outside of Rome. Valerio Ciriaci’s daring direction advances this complex story by moving from Italy to Ethiopia, and the Ethiopian community in the United States. Isaak Lipzin’s photography presents stunning tableaux of these contrasting backgrounds. Along the way, we meet unforgettable Italians and Ethiopians determined that fascist victories not be celebrated.

In a very real sense, If Only I Were That Warrior is the Italian-Ethiopian analog to Ken Burnes and Lynn Novic’s Viet Nam War, and like that masterpiece, it alludes to a chance for reconciliation. In this way, Ciriaci and his colleagues have created a transcendent and important work.

Free Admission; Light Refreshments

Upcoming Event: The VMF / Chelsea Rising Reading Circle, on Wed. 10/18, 6:00 to 8:00, in Penn South’s Community Room 339, W 24thSt., will continue its study of Annette T. Rubinstein’s, I Vote My Conscience: Vito Marcantonio’s Debates, Speeches, and Writings.

Sixth Session of the VMF / Chelsea Rising Reading Circle 

i-vote-my-conscience by Annette T RubinsteinThe Vito Marcantonio Forum and Chelsea Rising are sponsoring a joint Reading Circle that meets on the third Wednesday of every month, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, in Penn South’s Community Room at 339 West 24th Street (between 8th & 9th Aves., closer to 9th Ave.). The Community Room has its own entrance which is under an awning proudly announcing “Community Room.” The sixth session will take place on Wed. Sept. 20, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00.
Our text, I Vote My Conscience: Debates, Speeches, and Writings of Vito Marcantonio, edited by Annette T. Rubinstein, is an invaluable source for all those interested in studying the life and work of seven-term (1934-36; 1938-50), American Labor Party (ALP) Congressman, Vito Marcantonio, who courageously represented East Harlem and the entire American Left. In addition to his Congressional work, Marc served as Chairperson of the ALP, and ran for Mayor in 1949, under its banner.
I Vote My Conscience presents: useful Introductory matter; excerpts from Marcantonio’s debates and speeches from each of his seven terms in office; a special section on his work on behalf of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican people; and lastly excerpts from his legal briefs fin defense of W. E. B. DuBois, William Patterson, and other victims of McCarthyism.
The Sept. 20st session will focus on Marcantonio’s Congressional speeches and debates during his fifth term in office, pp. 193 to 221 in IVMC. Copies of I Vote My Conscience will be on sale for $10, or can be purchased in advance by sending a $13 check to Gerald Meyer 381-2nd St. Bklyn. 11215.