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2003 Anti-War Arrests in Massachusetts (english)
by Scott Langley
Email: Scott (nospam) Langleycreations.com
11 May 2003
Modified: 12 May 2003
I compiled this report from The Nuclear Resister and also from my own
knowledge. The purpose is to keep everyone informed about what actions
have gone on this year against the war, update us on court proceedings, and hopefully inspire us to keep hope alive and to keep the momentum of the Massachusetts peace-movement.
Updates on 2003 Anti-War Arrests in Massachusetts
(sources: The Nuclear Resister & Haley House)
January 15 ~ Chicopee, MA ~ 9 arrested
Blockade of Westover Air Force Base main gate by people dressed as Iraqis. Jury trial set for May 27.
February 4 ~ Boston, MA ~ 2 arrested
Trespass arrests after overnight occupation of Sen. Kerry's office. Both defendants are on 90-day probation after an April 28 hearing.
February 24 ~ Boston, MA ~ 11 arrested
Blockade of the downtown military recruiting center by Friends of Haley House. Trial update: 3 have trial in July, 8 took 90-day probation in April 8.
February 27 ~ Somerville, MA ~ 10 arrested
Peace march prevented from reaching Tufts University and Bush Sr.'s
speech. 7 charges dismissed, once juvenile deferred, two had April 15 hearing.
February 27 ~ Somerville, MA ~ 6 arrested
Bush Sr. hecklers removed from auditorium at Tufts University.
March 14 ~ Boston, MA ~ 1 arrested
Lunchtime blockade at JFK federal building downtown. The protester was
ticketed on the spot with no court date set.
March 15 ~ Boston, MA ~ 1 arrested
Blocking traffic on the Mass. Ave bridge during the Stand Out.
March 17 ~ Springfield, MA ~ 7 arrested
People cited and released after sit-in at Congressman Richard Neal's
March 19 ~ Boston, MA ~ 77 arrested
36 arrested at Stock Exchange blockade and 41 more at the JFK federal
building. All accepted 90-day probation at an April 16 hearing.
March 20 ~ Boston, MA ~ 3 arrested
Pre-trial hearing May 21: charged with Assault & Battery, plus
10,000 demonstrate, temporarily shut down Mass Ave. bridge.
March 20 ~ Natick, MA ~ 18 arrested
Sherborn's Peace Abbey lead march from Natick Commons to US Army Soldier Systems Center where a road was blocked. Bench trial for trespassing May 20.
March 22 ~ Chicopee, MA ~ 55 arrested
Blockade of gates at Westover Air Force Base , resulting in charges of
disturbing the peace and blocking and intersection. Most cited and
released, some refused cooperation until arraignment Monday, then
March 29 ~ Northampton, MA ~ 23 arrested
Downtown traffic blocked. Those arrested given citations for disturbing the peace, then released.
April 14 ~ Lexington, MA ~ 3 arrested
Activists working with the Mass. Anti-Corporate Clearinghouse (MACC)
charged with criminal trespass at Raytheon's Lexington headquarters while attempting a citizens' arrest of C.E.O. Daniel Burnham for conspiring to provide the U.S. government with the tools to commit war crimes and crimes against peace.
Other arrests of Boston-area residents outside the state:
January 16 ~ New York City, NY ~ 18 arrested (3 from Boston)
Blocking the Army Recruiting Center in Times Square with Dan Berrigan.
Their third court appearance is scheduled for May 14. Previous offers
by the courts have been rejected by 16 in the group.
January 19 ~ Washington, DC ~ 16 arrested (1 from Boston)
Hundreds attempted to enter LaFayette Park for a sit in at the White
House. The one Boston resident arrested also had her leg broken by her arresting officer. All are on probation with a $50 victim's fee after having been found guilty at an April 22 trial.
April 18 ~ Washington, DC ~ 8 arrested (1 from Boston)
Sixteen faith-based activists (5 from Boston) participate in a die-in and blood spilling at the Pentagon on Good Friday. 8 were drug away without arrest while the other 8 were arrested. One charge dismissed, the other 7 will go to trial June 20.
June, 2000 ~ Philadelphia, PA ~ 420 Arrested at protests during
the Republican National Convention. Most of the cases have been dismissed (96% wins by activists) however, 3 cases remain. SE Massachusetts Tenant Organizer Camilo Viveiros is scheduled for trial in June 2003. He is charged with a first degree felony and could face up to 30 years in prison. See www.friendsofcamilo.org for more info and ways to help (a support letter campain has been underway).
Actually there were 10 arrests at BosStock Ex (english)
by Spring Fever
(No verified email address)
12 May 2003
March 19, Boston, MA: 10 arrests at Boston Stock Exchange;
and about 26 or 30 arrests (I think) at JFK Federal Building.
No way is that count of 77 correct.