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Vito Marcantonio Forum / Chelsea Rising Reading Circle
The Vito Marcantonio Forum and Chelsea Rising are cosponsoring a Reading Circle that, since April, has met, from 6:00 to 8:00, every third Wednesday of the month, to study I Vote My Conscience: Debates, Speeches, and Writings of Vito Marcantonio, edited by Annette T. Rubinstein. This volume, which is on sale for $7, is an invaluable source for studying the life and work of seven-term (1934-36; 1938-50), American Labor Party (ALP) Congressman Vito Marcantonio, who courageously and brilliantly 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. As defense attorney on behalf of W. E. B. DuBois, William Patterson, and other victims of McCarthyism, he succeeded in having their indictments overturned.
I Vote My Conscience presents excerpts from Marcantonio’s debates and speeches from each of his seven terms in office. The CR / VMF Reading Circle’s Nov. 15thsession will focus on his seventh-and-last term of office, where he fought an almost one-man battle in the vain hope to stem McCarthyism at home and “Wall Street imperialism” (as Marc called it) abroad. In his last speech, when he cast the only vote in opposition to US intervention into the Korean Civil War, he declared, “I must vote my conscience!”
When: Wed. 11/15
Time: 6:00 to 8:00
Where: Penn South’s Community Room 339 W 24th St. (btw. 8th & 9th Aves.)
Free Admission / Light Refreshments
PS: The ninth, and last session of the CR / VMF’s study of IVMC, which will take place on 12/20, will be devoted to Marc’s work in Congress, the political arena, and in East Harlem for Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican people. See pp. 374-439 in IVMC.