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RESISTANCE TO WAR WITH IRAQ: Regional Peace Rally in Boston Draws 30-50,000
rally photoThe Boston Common was awash with people from all over New England in a peace rally on Saturday, March 29. With the crowd at its height stretching beyond the organizer’s range of vision from the stage, they estimated it at least 30,000 people, probably 50,000. Following a number of speakers and multicultural artistic acts, the crowd marched through Boston, where large numbers of Saturday shoppers saw them. The major themes of the rally were that this war is bringing destruction not liberation to Iraq, that the best way to support American troops is to bring them home, and that this war is resulting in major cuts in social services in the US.
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29 Mar 2003 | Filed under: News /
CONTINUING OPPOSITION TO THE WAR: Reportback from 3/22 Rally on Boston Commons for Peace
A rally of 500 or more marched in a spontaneous unpermitted march from Park Street to Harvard Square, holding sit-ins at points along the way, while being harassed by pro-war groups, some individuals and supported by many onlookers. Yesterday I joined a rally at Park Street Station organized by the Committee for Peace and Human Rights, (as reported in the city section of the Globe today, 3.23) which has been holding vigils here for years to protest sanctions against Iraq. Several speakers addressed the crowd with powerful and passionate expressions of outrage at the war in progress. One speaker was interviewed by NECN and NPR. Pro-war agitators who were clearly there to intimidate and harass the anti-war rally, one of them tried to approach the speakers stand (I assume) to take over the mic. Several organizers stepped forward to block him. A heated discussion ensued and then several Boston Police came into scene. I heard him (the pro-war guy) say something like "Our side is not being heard" and the crowd yelled back "It's in the media." After a time he left but not before FOX News stepped in to interview him in the middle of our demo. Everyone began chanting "Shame on FOX" and I was yelling "Send FOX Home." This pro-war group continued to follow us and harass protesters from the side of the road throughout the entire day.
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23 Mar 2003 | Filed under: News /
WORLDWIDE ANTI-WAR PROTESTS: Boston Rallies Immediately Against the War & world updates
protest on Harvard BridgeAnti-war protesters poured into Boston streets today joining worldwide opposition to the Bush administration-led U.S. attack against Iraq. They plan protests at Government Center at 5 p.m. and in Copley Square at 6:30 p.m. tonight. Tens of thousands protested around the world hours after learning of the U.S. attacks. Bigger protests are planned for the weekend. Over a thousand demonstrators had blocked the Mass. Av. bridge by 3 p.m., swelled ranks to 3,000, shut down Back Bay, and took over Boylston street without a permit by 4 p.m. Students struck with walk-outs at noon from Boston area colleges and high schools and converged at MIT. The Mass Av. Harvard Bridge was completely closed off, when marchers disobeyed police and sat in the road, said Scott Cooper of Newton. "A wave of anti-war protests began to roll across Europe and the Middle East on Thursday," Reuters reports, "after the opening salvos of the war against Iraq sparked angry demonstrations in Asia and Australia. Barely three hours after the first U.S. missiles struck Baghdad, a crowd that organizers put at 40,000 and which police said numbered 'tens of thousands' brought Australia's second largest city, Melbourne, to a standstill." Australia's government put 2,000 troops in Iraq. "With the beginning of its unilateral and illegal invasion of Iraq, the Bush Administration has now plunged us all into very dangerous times," said Joseph Gerson today from the local American Friends Service Committee. He called it "fundamentally important" to "hold as much public space as we can as the nation moves toward the tribalism of war."
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20 Mar 2003 | Filed under: News /
RESISTANCE TO WAR WITH IRAQ: Rallies for Peace Held Along Mass. Ave., from Dorchester to Lexington
Peace rallies were held at fourteen major intersections along Massachusetts Avenue—from Dorchester to Lexington—from 10:00 am to noon on March 15. The one I attended at Porter Square had approximately five hundred people strung out along seven blocks. We were passed by two hundred bikers with Bikes Not Bombs and a three hundred person student peace march. (Unfortunately, I was not able to get numbers for the rallies held in other locations, but if they were remotely comparable, there were at least a few thousand people.) The protests were held along Mass. Ave. not only to call attention to the widespread opposition to the war, but also to the way it is draining valuable resources from our communities as the economy continues to decline. The protests were part of a wider series of protests being held all weekend in Boston and around the country and world, ranging from candle-lit vigils to nonviolent direct action.
[ full story | summary of 3/14 civil disobedience | summary of 3/19 civil disobedience ]
15 Mar 2003 | Filed under: News /
RESISTANCE TO WAR: First Person Account of Bush Senior Protest at Tufts
After the rally in Davis Square this afternoon, a couple hundred Tufts students marched out of Davis Square up College Ave., towards Tufts University where George Bush Senior was giving a speech at the Gantcher Center on College Ave. At Powder-house Square the march proceeded down Harvard Street rather than continuing up College Ave. to the hill, where the streets were blocked of by police. I think this was a spontaneous decision of the organizers to go around and come in from a side street to get within close proximity to the Gantcher Center.
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26 Feb 2003 | Filed under: News /
LABOR & HEALTHCARE: Star of David Nursing Home Workers Hold One-Day Strike to Stop Cuts in Staff Hours
strikersJoined by other Boston-area nursing home workers and community supporters at afternoon rally in West Roxbury, Caregivers at the Star of David nursing home held a one-day strike on Wednesday, February 19 to pressure management to make improvements in their pay and conditions, and reverse its decision to cut staff hours from 40 to 37 ˝. Star of David is owned by Kindred Healthcare, the largest nursing home operator in Massachusetts. While Kindred has cut staff hours in many of its homes, it has signed union contracts which preserved the 40 hour week and provided decent pay raises for SEIU members at four of its Massachusetts homes. Star of David workers are looking for comparable terms.
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24 Feb 2003 | Filed under: News /
GENETIC ENGINEERING: Shaw's Distro Center Shut Down to Protest GMO's
In a dramatic action to get Shaw's/Star markets to rid its store brand products of genetically engineered (GE) food, Greenpeace parked three buses in front of Shaw's main distribution center in order to block deliveries of GE food to Shaw's stores. Six Greenpeace activists were locked to the buses, painted with the message, "Shaw's: Stop Genetically Engineered Food" and "The Genetic Experiment Ends Here." Today's lockdown comes after two years of widespread consumer activism across New England in what has become a growing movement against Shaw's continued use of GE food.
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20 Feb 2003 | Filed under: News /
RESISTANCE TO WAR: MIT Students Take Anti-War Message To the Streets
Cambridge, MA- Dressed in white bodysuits and lab coats, several dozen Massachusetts Institute of Technology students braved frigid temperatures this morning to demonstrate their opposition to the looming US-led war in Iraq. Against a giant backdrop proclaiming, “MIT Says No Blood for Oil,” the students waved colorful anti-war signs and distributed flyers to rush hour commuters on the Harvard Bridge. The group had attached the 20’ x 40’ banner off the Ashdown House Residence Hall earlier in the morning, before it was removed by building maintenance staff several hours later.
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11 Feb 2003 | Filed under: News /
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