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Italian Edition 'Bridge Across Jordan' Presented at Book Fair in Cuneo
The LaRouche movement was represented there by Andrew Spannaus and Liliana Gorini, who had their booktable among the many others at the fair, where they distributed issues of Nuovo Solidarietà dedicated to Mrs. Robinson's trip to Italy, and showing the poster of their conference at the Cattolica University in Milan, as well as a New York Times article covering Mrs. Robinson's arrest by Sheriff Jim Clark as she was helping people to register to vote, and of Mrs. Robinson lying on the ground after being beaten by Alabama Gov. George Wallaces mounted police at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, on March 7, 1965. - 'Oh Freedom!' -
That evening, Liliana Gorini, vice chairwoman of the Italian Movimento Solidarietà and translator of the book, gave a short press conference to present the book, beginning with a brief message from Amelia Robinson. Gorini summarized Robinson's biography, and its importance, particularly today, when President Bush is trying to dismantle the Social Security system created by Roosevelt, and referenced in Bridge Across Jordan as the only help for African-Americans after the Depression. She read two pages about the famous march on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, when Amelia understood the deep meaning of Oh freedom over me, and before I'll be a slave I'll be buried in my grave, and go home to my Lord and be free.
To make the point clear to the audience, Gorini and Spannaus joined in singing Oh freedom! which was welcome by a warm applause, and said that today this has become the freedom song of the LaRouche Youth Movement, which working with Amelia to revive Roosevelt's tradition and stop Bush's effort for vote suppression and war. Some questions were asked about other writings by the civil rights leader; Gorini told them about Robinson's play Through the Years, which tells the story of how the Negro Spiritual was born. Gorini also reported on the many newspaper interviews she granted while in Italy.
At the end of the presentation, five people bought Robison's book and left their names to stay in touch with the Movimento Solidarietà, including a young man who was the organizer of the book fair, and stayed some time discussing with Spannaus and Gorini the role played by the LaRouche Youth Movement to transform politics and the Democratic Party in the U.S.
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