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News :: DNC
Boston Police to keep protesters away from Democratic Convention
by Boston IMC
12 Mar 2004
Modified: 07:55:02 PM
The Massachusetts chapter of the National Lawyers Guild has met with
stiff resistance in negotiations with the Boston Police Department
regarding protester access to the Democratic National Convention site.
Currently, the BPD plans to limit protesters to a small "free speech"
area located out of sight of the Fleet center. According to Urszula at
the Massachusetts chapter of the NLG, "The police department claimed that
they had not received any requests for permits." However, one local
organizer has contacted the NLG regarding several applications applied
for during the past few months. He reported that "his organization had
received several objections" to his applications by the Boston Police
The NLG has sounded a call for organizations to apply immediately for
permits for all sorts of actions. For stationary rallies, protests, and
concerts, people need to apply with the Boston Parks and Recreation
department. For moving actions and marches 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
doesn't need to be informed separately when applying for permits.
However, the NLG would like for organizers who have applied for permits,
or who have tried to apply for permits, to
contact the NLG for examples and statistics for their follow-up with the
Boston Police Dept. on this topic.
Boston IMC poster shaka: "Regardless of individual groups' policies on
asking for permits. . .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
Urszula of the local National Lawyer's Guild can be
contacted at email@example.com or (617) 227 7335.
City of Boston website:
Special Events Guide for Permit Applications:
Application forms for various types of permits:
Public Event Application
Special Event Permit Application
Street Closing Application
Individuals concerned about the limitations of a "free
speech zone" can contact:
Mayor's Office of Consumer Affairs & Licensing
Boston City Hall
Boston, MA 02201
tele 617 635-4165, fax 617 635 4174
For more information about permitting, and to request
that all DNC protest applications receive fair and
equal consideration contact:
Boston Parks and Recreation Department
1010 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston, MA 02118
tele 617 635-4505, fax 617 635-3227
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