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Bush Visit Activism - IMC Summary
by S. Eppler
Email: SEppler (nospam) MassArt.edu
25 Mar 2004
Modified: 10:37:22 AM
President Bush is in Boston – Today!
Thursday, March 25th, 2004
Republican Fundraiser Event
Park Plaza Hotel
64 Arlington Street
George W. Bush Visits Boston, Makes Money
On Thursday, March 25, 2004, President George W. Bush plans to make a guest appearance at a Republican Fundraiser in downtown Boston. At $2,000 per seat, the 500 people invited to the event will raise an estimated $1,000,000 for the Bush/Cheney campaign.
Several activist organizations are planning political protests near the downtown fundraiser, at the Park Plaza Hotel on Arlington Street. The fundraiser is scheduled between 6-9pm, and Bush’s exact times of arrival and departure are unknown, but authorities have announced that they expect several thousand protesters during the course of the afternoon. Massachusetts gift’s Bush with money, and may gift him with a collective voice from the masses. Join these groups, and many others, to protest Bush’s policies, administration, and presence in our city.
United for Justice with Peace will be meeting at the Boston Common Bandstand, near the Park St. T stop, at 5:00pm to hear guest speakers, then join with other organizations and march. (http://www.justicewithpeace.org)
The Massachusetts AFL-CIO is planning to meet before greeting the President at 6pm, at the corner of Boyleston St and Tremont St., in the public gardens. After a short speaking program, labor activists and union memners from across Massachusetts are planning to ask the question “Where are the Jobs?”
The Direct Action Committee, organized by a coalition of citizens against the proposed Bioterrorism Laboratory in the South End/Roxbury, will be welcoming Bush with a message in opposition to the Biolab. “No To Bush! No To Permanent War! No to Bioweapons Lab!”. This group plans to gather between 3:15 and 3:30 pm across the street from the Arlington T station (green line), at the corner of Arlington and Boylston Streets, for street theatre and more…
Billionaires for Bush, a political media and street theatre campaign, plans to meet in full costume at 4:30pm sharp, 37 Temple Place, 2nd floor. If protesters arrive late, they are instructed to go straight to the hotel, or as close as possible.
Dozens of other groups, individuals, organizations and registered voters are planning to attend the various protests, and gather outside of the Park Plaza Hotel. An “Alert Summary” from the Boston Police Department advices that:
President Bush will be in Back Bay tomorrow evening, March 25th. There will be major traffic impacts throughout the day, especially on Arlington Street where a tent is being erected.
Arlington Street will be closed from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. between Boylston Street and Marginal Road.
Park Plaza will be closed between 2 - 9 p.m. including Charles Street South to St. James Avenue; Columbus Avenue between Berkeley and Charles South, Stuart Street between Berkeley and Charles Street South, and St. James Street between Arlington and Berkeley
For more mainstream media about this visit, the Boston Globe has several articles on topic:
Visit by Bush to Snarl Roads, Spur Protests
Firefighters Won’t Sing Bush’s Praises
Bush Makes the Rounds in New England
This article was compiled from information found on the Boston IMC newswire, direct information from the organizations planning for the event, and from related mainstream and alternative news articles. Thanks for your contribution!
This work is in the public domain