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Second Day of Protests, July 26th
theater.jpgThe main theme of the protests in the morning and afternoon was in defense of civil liberties and against police brutality. A dramatic, thirty-person street theater-style action took place at 9:30 am in the fenced in “Free Speech Zone”, while a 200-400 person march against the PATRIOT ACT and police brutality lasted from 10:00 am-3:30 pm. The evening saw another protest in the “Free Speech Zone”, this one in defense of Palestinian rights, as well as a protest by the pro-gay marriage group Don’tAmend.Com against a reception for DNC delegates.
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27 Jul 2004 | Filed under: News / DNC : GLBT/Queer : Human Rights : International
Complete Recap of Monday's March for Civil Liberties and Against Police Brutality
nion_pledge.jpgA detailed recount of Monday's march for civil liberties and against police brutality. About 400 people marched from the Boston Common towards the Fleet Center, site of the Democratic National Convention. The corporate media was swarming everywhere. The police were surprisingly restrained, given how they been behaving lately, such as in Miami and Georgia. The end of the march was disorganized, since there was no clear plan about what to do when we reached the protest pen.
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26 Jul 2004 | Filed under: News / DNC : Human Rights
Look Out CNN! Anarchists are Gonna Get Your Mama!--How the Media Demonizes Radical Dissent
As the political conventions come closer, Boston and New York's law enforcement brace for protests. In their battle to protect the citizenry from itself, police and FBI (with the help of a lap dog media) are using an age-old tactic: Demonize the Anarchists! I was listening to CNN Radio in my home this morning when a broadcaster started a new story on yet a new "elevated terror threat.” This time, the "threat" was centered around an "unconfirmed" report that a domestic group had plans to attack the media at the upcoming Democratic National Convention. Who was this menacing group? The anarchists. This is nothing new. The anarchists have never had a fair shake as far as the media is concerned.
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26 Jul 2004 | Filed under: Commentary / DNC : Media
One Activist's Experience of Being Searched on the T
My experience riding the T and getting searched and questioned about activites in Boston: After walking near the so-called "soft zone" and attempting to leave the area, I headed towards Haymarket station to catch the T. After making it past the turnstile, a cop signaled to me and had me go through my backpack in front of him. Guised as small talk, he proceeded to question me about what I was reading (I had one book on police brutality and another on anarchism), if I was in Boston to see the convention, and where I went to school.
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26 Jul 2004 | Filed under: News / DNC : Human Rights
Morning Action at Free Speech Pen
24128_gitmo.jpgThis morning a group of activists gathered at Haymarket Square to hold a demonstration at the Free Speech Pen. Its attempt was to make a link to the repressive tactics that the United States government and the US military employ's against both prisoners of war and domestic dissidents.
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26 Jul 2004 | Filed under: News / DNC : Human Rights : International
First Day of Protests, July 25th
Boston 010.jpgAs the Boston Social Forum wrapped up, the International ANSWER march and the People's Party in Jamaica Plain began. In a clear act of racial profiling, police arrested a man of South Asian appearance in the middle of the ANSWER march. They also intimidated legal observers at the People's Party, and searched the bus/kitchen of the pracifist group Seeds of Peace for a third time.

PHOTOS BY: Paula Sutton

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26 Jul 2004 | Filed under: News / DNC : Human Rights : Race
Gay Rights Protesters Will Picket "Unity 2004" Reception for DNC Delegates has been outraged that national gay rights organizations have demanded nothing around equal marriage rights from the Democrats. "Rather than forthrightly saying that the civil rights of millions of Americans should be defended, most Democratic politicians have treated our equal marriage rights as at best, an unfortunate 'diversion' in their election campaigns," said Andy Thayer, National Action Coordinator for In addition to Kerry, other leading Democrats in Massachusetts are in the forefront of a move which could once again ban gay marriage there as early as 2006.
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26 Jul 2004 | Filed under: News / DNC : GLBT/Queer
Racial Profiling at DNC: Man Arrested for Protesting While Brown
As the International ANSWER march reached the Fleet Center (site of the Democratic National Convention), the Secret Service detained for questioning a demonstrator apparently of South Asian (Indian or Pakistani) descent for "looking around"--a clear act of racial profiling. He has since been released.
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26 Jul 2004 | Filed under: News / DNC : Human Rights : Race
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