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News :: DNC
Two Reports From Sunday's People's Party in Jamaica Plain
27 Jul 2004
Jamaica Plain progressives weren't invited to the Democratic National Convention, but they weren't going to be left out of the fun. The Kucinich for President campaign teamed up with Fund the Dream, Project Hip Hop, the Jamaica Plain Action Network, and United for Justice with Peace to spend the eve of the convention in their own community, with music, speakers, comedians, food and a march through the streets. The event attracted several hundred participants, some from Jamaica Plain, and others who came to Boston to attend progressive events centered around the DNC.

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Jamaica Plain People's Party
July 26, 2004

Jamaica Plain progressives weren't invited to the
Democratic National Convention, but they weren't going
to be left out of the fun.

The Kucinich for President campaign teamed up with
Fund the Dream, Project Hip Hop, the Jamaica Plain
Action Network, and United for Justice with Peace to
spend the eve of the convention in their own
community, with music, speakers, comedians, food and a
march through the streets. The event attracted several
hundred participants, some from Jamaica Plain, and
others who came to Boston to attend progressive events
centered around the DNC.

"The left needs to have fun," said Marriarra White of
Dorchester, director of Project Hip Hop. White, along
with a number of community leaders and political
activists, created the event toe a welcoming space for
families and to celebrate people throughout Jamaica
Plain and across Boston. "It's important for everyone
to feel welcome," said White. For White, it gave
families and others in the community the opportunity
to share something positive, rather than being
negative.

Jamaica Plains is a community notable for its economic
and ethnic diversity, as well as its high level of
community involvement. "In Jamaica Plain, there's a
strong independent Democratic group," said Pamela Ruby
Russell, local singer/songwriter who performed at the
event. According to Russell, hundreds of people came
together several years ago to prevent the development
of Jamaica Pond, an environment they treasure.

Democratic Congressman and former presidential
candidate Dennis J. Kucinich brought the crowd on its
feet. He likened Jamaica Plain to the community he
grew up in Ohio, and called the poverty and
joblessness that exist in both communities weapons of
mass destruction. "This is where the spirit of America
comes from," he said. "This is where our driving force
for change must come from."

George Shrubman, a comedian billed as the world's only
known singing C.I.A. agent, teased the audience that
he knew they were coming. Rebecca Cooper, writer and
representative of the United Steelworker's of America
union, performed "Wal-Mart," a rousing poem she wrote
about the corporation's effect on its employees and
the economy.

Several activities required audience participation. A
highlight of these was the march through local
residential streets that The Backbone Campaign (TBC)
led. TBC, founded by artists in the Seattle area, is
composed of over 1000 members who are dedicated to
moving the Democratic Party in a more progressive
direction. TBC members carried aloft an approximately
20-foot model backbone, similar to a Chinese dragon
float, and chanted, "This is what a backbone looks
like." The float was inscribed with issues that TBC
wants the Party to address, such as removing troops
from Iraq and providing universal health care for all
Americans.

The community's response to the march was
overwhelmingly positive. Residents watched from their
windows and front stoops, and some cheered along with
the marchers. "You're preaching to the converted, "
said Marcy Chant, a Jamaica Plains resident concerned
about the destruction in Iraq.

At the end of the march, marchers were followed by a
helicopter and met by about 30 state police in riot
helmets. When asked if the security presence was
excessive, a legal observer said, "Not this week," in
reference to the heightened security surrounding the
DNC.

Paid for by Kucinich for President, Inc.
11808 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, OH 44111 • (866)
413-3664

****

http://www.backbonecampaign.org/pagn/cfm?name=bostonblog

Boston Blog
July 25, 2004

This place is hopping. A great place to get a lot of
contacts made quickly. We're having a great time, but
not without a few problems. Mostly logistic problems,
like moving the puppet around at the right time. We
missed going to Western Mass for the Deanfest event,
because of transportation miss-communication, mostly.
We went to two different events today, first in
Cambridge for a march with a mostly non-political
crowd. We had a few problems with that one, largely
because we were late getting our rental van. It was
fun, though, and the crowds loved it.

After the Cambridge event we went to the People's
Party event in Jamaica Plain. That was a real
interesting event. Dennis Kucinich showed up and gave
a short but rousing speech. Then we marched through
the streets around the park where the event was held.
The organizers were refused a permit even though they
had been trying to get one for forever, so we had to
march through a residential neighborhood on the
sidewalks. A cop drove in the very narrow streets,
completely blocking it off at the front of the march.
He jumped out of his car when we started and told the
people with the puppet that he would arrest them if
they went into the street. They also had another cop
car after the puppet blocking the street off. The
puppet carriers had a hell of a time getting the
puppet around all the signs and trees and poles and
whatnot on the sidewalk, but they persevered and made
it, very slowly up the street. We went several blocks
up the street like that, then turned onto the sidewalk
to a more commercial street, then back down onto a
residential street. After a while going down that
street, the cops finally gave in and let the puppet
and crowd use the street. The whole thing would have
been a lot quicker if they had used their brains in
the first place. Our target location for the march was
one of a number of delegate parties going on around
the city, but we found out after we started that the
delegates were most likely already gone, so we didn't
see them.

When the procession got back to the park, the whole
place was overrun with cops on motorcycles and more
cops in cars, some with riot gear on. The puppet must
have really scared them. At first they were blocking
off the route back into the park, but with a little
encouragement, they moved one of the state patrol cars
and we got the puppet and the by now fairly large
crowd back into the park without further incident.

It was a great crowd, very supportive, with many local
people and people from around the country helping with
the puppet and making up new chants and even a couple
of songs with us. Great fun.

I'll post some pictures on the backbonecampaign.org
website. I also shot some video of the event using the
Kucinich Campaign's great camera. The Kucinich
campaign's media guy got me to shoot video of Dennis'
speech for him so he could go back to the
headquarters, so I used their top-notch video
equipment.

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Re: Two Reports From Sunday's People's Party in Jamaica Plain
27 Jul 2004
Why does it say "Paid for by Kucinich for President" at the end? Did they pay the person writing the article? Thanks for being upfront about it if so, but please clarify.
Re: Two Reports From Sunday's People's Party in Jamaica Plain
27 Jul 2004
Not actually sure what the paid for Kucinich part means. Someone actually e-mailed us these articles and then we (Boston IMC) put them up ourselves.
Re: Two Reports From Sunday's People's Party in Jamaica Plain
28 Jul 2004
Hey Kusiniki,

There's only one Plain in Jamaica Plain. And it's Mariama, not Marriarra. And the Kusinich campaign didn't so much team up with any other groups as latch itself on at the last minute to a process that had already been going on for many months and use the people's party as an opportunity for what, to try and steal the nomination away from John Kerry at the 11th hour? But I guess your spelling errors make it clear that you don't have even the beginning of any familiarity with either the community where this event was held or an organizer who has been central to the process for the past several months. This report makes the Kusinich people seem like the ANSWER coalition.
Bring them Home
28 Jul 2004
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Two protestors and a cop at the People's Party.
Ivan
17 Jun 2006
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18 Jun 2006
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19 Jun 2006
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