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Some Thoughts On Bio-Bust 2007
11 May 2007
Bio Justice 2007, or as it should be refered to, "Bio- Bust 2007", was well, let's just say, not a success. Let's face it, the number of people who actually showed up was embarrassing. We were able to make it to 2 events, the Sunday night action at Fanueil Hall and the "demonstration" on the commons on Tuesday.

We were impressed by the Sunday night action. It was well organized and definetely sent a message. The numbers were fairly good, around 100 peeps, and even though we don't see eye to eye ( far from it actually) with Boston Animal Defense, you have to give credit where credit is due. Erin did a GREAT job of leading the march and did not take any shit from the cops or the bio-scum. This was the highlight of Bio- Bust. It was all down hill, or more like over a cliff, from this point.

Tuesday's demonstration on the commons was a joke. It was cool at first, around 50 people were there ( yeah that wasn't impressive) giving speeches and hanging out, but then a group of people began singling out other activists who they did not fully trust and told them they would have to leave the circle. At this point, we left. Are our friends from Ohio are now questioning whether they'll ever come to Boston again for an action or convergence.We did hear that Boston Animal defense did another march on Tuesday, but we don't know how it went.

Bio Justice seemed like it had the potential to really send a messge to the greed mongers in the bio tech industry that we will not tolerate profit being put ahead of people and also sending the message that the people of Boston's communities of Color will NOT tolerate, ebola, anthrax, and other dangerous toxins in their back yards. Unfortunately, I think we lost this one. Let's hope Bio Bust 2007 is not indictative of the Boston activist community.

- The PBC

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11 May 2007
what is the PBC?

I tried to go to the Free Market on Friday to no avail. I found out from a friend later that it had been moved (unannounced) to Tuesday. I'm not clear on why this happened at all, but it kept me from coming to any of the other events because it wasn't worth the cost of the train ride in and out of the city for nothing.
12 May 2007
The "PBC" is the P-Block Collective. The name comes from a a street in our home town in Ohio. Yeah, I know what you mean, things weren't organized enough, action times kept changing and everyone seemed paranoid. I can see changing the times for action for various reasons, but the paranoia was unbelievable.
On the paranoia
12 May 2007
First off, I am only speaking for myself here. I thought that the measures some of us were taking in response to the overwhelming police presence was understandable. Before coming into this whole ordeal, the Boston police department was sending out warnings about "militant animal rights" groups, they were watching activities of activists weeks in advance and generally making peoples lives hell (before, during, and after bio). A group of six people simply walking away from an event on tuesday were tailed by three cops on bikes for fifteen minutes. Undercover officers were discovered marching with groups a few times. Demos were video taped, pictures were taken and conversations were eavesdropped on.

I understand that some of the percieved "paranoia" rubbed off on fellow activists, but it needs to be stated that those of us who know what the Boston police usually are like acted out of consern for our safety.

Yes, Biojustice turned out to be, for the most part, a bust. It was a result of over-hyped, police state drama. Making it widely known that millions of dollars were spent on security and that the Boston Police were watching our every move and were ready to use "The Bear" on us honestly prevented people from hitting the streets.

The ADL events went smoothly, it's just too bad more people weren't willing to come out and challenge the scumbags.
Not just the pigs kept folks out of boston
12 May 2007
it wasn't just the announcements of police that kept many activists away from boston. plain and simple a poor job of outreach was done. The logistical support structures the spaces, seeds of peace and montana medics are just the support you need for any demonstration cooks and medics. You also need boots on the ground which was what we lacked.
No one should be surprised by the pigs making threats and fear mongering before a convergence, but that hasn't kept people at home in the past. We need to take a strong look at what was done right and what was not. We can talk about peoples paranoia but the best way to stay safe and secure is to work with people you know/trust if planning CD/DA and not running yer mouth. And as far as the rest of the eve's dropping picture taking and the like raising your voice in dissent is not illegal and we do not need to hide. wearing masks should be tactical and not just the style. You can't sneak in and you can't get yer disruption on if you can't get close to the party.
Animal Rights Demo at Wyeth
12 May 2007
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being an ancient activist...with a little different perspective... i ran into the animal welfare demonstration at Wyeth in North Cambridge...I was impressed by the demonstrators...a small number yes... but left the neighborhood buzzing with discussion on the issues... and Wyeth and the Cambridge cops twitching nervously with their cameras /cell phones...
...the demonstrators were speaking to Wyeth employees about animal experimentation by the company in a different division and were clear on the facts they presented...loud enough to get attention but not abrasive... my day that would have been called a success....big numbers are impressive... but getting your point across makes the impact...

...i was impressed by the level of bureaucratic and enforcement paranoia... for a small, short event.... you get them nervous, that speaks volumes... going to try to load some pics...
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12 May 2007
I've been actions in other cities, the worst as far as state repression goes was Cincinnati about 6 years ago. I went there to protest the outright executions of People of Color by the Cincinnati Pigs. The police presence was big last week, but I don't think it was as bad as other places. The BPD seems more chilled than other cities and yeah there they're cops, so they probably have violence issues so activist being concerned for their safety is a good idea, but I do think the paranoia went overboard. As far as undercover cops go, they do stick out when they attempt to "demonstrate". There were also the two "undercovers" in a black car that were everywhere.