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19th Boston Freedom Rally
22 Sep 2008
Coverage of the 19th annual anti-drug prohibition rally. Listen to Keith Saunders, the current President of MassCann, the Massachusetts Cannibals Reform coalition, and sponsoring organization of this, the 19th annual Freedom Rally, which took place Saturday, September 20 on the Boston Common. Some people described it as a day of Utopia; beautiful weather, free eclectic music, food and culture vendors, and the ability to light up in public without paranoia. Although the Boston Globe reported 6 arrests, which is way down from years past.

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Boston Freedom Rally
The annual Freedom Rally is a hybrid between free outdoor concert and political rally against Marijuana Prohibition. In between musical acts, speakers addressed various issues of the Drug War.
Here in Massachusetts, we have a binding Initiative on the Ballot; Question 2, which calls for the decriminalization of Marijuana. Keith Sroup, president of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, appealed to attendees to vote for it.

Keith Stroup of NORML. Steve Bloom, former editor of High Times magazine, now runs a website about celebrities who smoke pot. He also had some interesting things to say about Barok Obama.

The Fear Nuttin Band provided a blend of acoustic Reggae and Rap. Before that, Steve Bloom, claiming Obama has a pro-decimalization view. If that is true, I’m surprised the McCain camp hasn’t used it as a scare tactic.But fear clearly was not in the air on the Boston Common on this day. The crowd was quite mellow, even with an angry edge to it, as expressed by the Grannies for Ganga.

And Wutz, an all female punk band from Waltham got people up dancing, with their rendition of a Beastie Boy classic.

A local actor, Ian McKinnon, was dressed up as McRuff, the Crime Dog, and carried a sign that read Drug War equals Anti-Truth. John Cunningham, who is running for Congress in the MA 7th District, presented a mock debate. Oddly enough, with these views, he is running as a Republican, and that confused a lot of the people at the Boston Freedom Rally.

This event was recorded and edited by your announcer, Chuck U. for the Boston Community Reporters Project. Production facility was the W Bla3 studio of Medford, MA. Thanks to Audio East for doing sound at the rally and providing this reporter with a direct feed.

For more information about the Freedom Rally, Massachusetts Question 2, or other Legalization efforts, visit That’s

And this is the music of Herbal Nation, as they performed at the Freedom Rally. Thanks for listening.
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