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News :: DNC
08 Mar 2004
so here's the basic idea: in their negotiations with the bpd, the lawyers' guild has been meeting with stiff resistance in regard to expanding the permitted rally area, or improving protesters' access to the convention site. the cops' main line of defense seems to be that nobody has applied for permits to hold actions or marches or anything within either the 'hard' or 'soft' security zones during the convention dates. i'm not sure if answer is included in this or not, but the lawyers' guild sounded a pretty urgent call this weekend for people from all over to apply immediately for permits for all sorts of actions, the more numerous and colorful the better. for stationary rallies, protests, concerts, etc, people need to apply with the boston parks and recreation department, and for moving actions, marches, etc on public streets permits need to be obtained from the boston transportation department. all of the permits are being coordinated with convention security people, so the bpd will be aware and don't need to be dealt with separately when applying for permits. however, the guild recommended that people at least call (617 227 7335) and let urszula know if permits are being applied for so they have some ammunition to take to their next meeting with the bpd later this week. regardless of individual groups' policies on asking for permits or the nature of the state or whatever, this seems like an important symbolic act to make in order to assert collective rights and try to make the atmosphere as favorable to our interests as possible when the time comes for us to show our colors.

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