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Announcement :: DNC
Police Shut Down Bl(A)ck Tea Society Meeting at MIT
07 May 2004
On Wednesday, May 5th 2004, when Bl(A)ck Tea Society members arrived for their scheduled meeting on the MIT campus, they were greeted by two armed and uniformed Cambridge police officers (one of which illegally refused to identify himself), the chief of the MIT campus police, and a plainclothed agent (who also refused to identify himself, but one of the the other officers referred to as Mike). They were guarding and blocking the door to our reserved room, denying us the meeting space we have used for months before.
Police Shut Down Bl(A)ck Tea Society Meeting at MIT
Written by Gene and Andrew from the BTS


On Wednesday, May 5th 2004, when Bl(A)ck Tea Society members arrived for their scheduled meeting on the MIT campus, they were greeted by two armed and uniformed Cambridge police officers (one of which illegally refused to identify himself), the chief of the MIT campus police, and a plainclothed agent (who also refused to identify himself, but one of the the other officers referred to as Mike). They were guarding and blocking the door to our reserved room, denying us the meeting space we have used for months before.

Bl(A)ck Tea Society members were never informed of any such cancellation of our room reservation. When asked about the matter, Chief of MIT campus police John DiFava refused to identify who was responsible for shutting the meeting space down, or even who directed him to block the entrance. However, in the last weeks, sources say that Kerry's Secret Service has visited the MIT campus multiple times to convince (or to simply inform) MIT officials that they should not allow the Bl(A)ck Tea Society, an expressly non-violent group, to meet on their premises. This is part of a larger pattern, according to the Boston Herald, the Secret Service has also visited Georgia, to pressure institutions not to host activists organizing for the upcoming G8 summit. The MIT administration had decided that the Bl(A)ck Tea Society were not to enter the scheduled meeting room, or have any other meetings on MIT property, under threat of police arrest.

While surveillance and harassment targeting activist groups from law enforcement agencies is nothing new, as we approach the summer conventions there has been an increasing rate of incidents like this against area activists. It seems that the intense state repression targeting Boston activists protesting the Democratic National Convention has already begun. These tactics employed by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies are designed to intimidate activists out of legally organizing to exercise their first amendment rights.

These kind of police tactics meant to intimidate and deter us will not accomplish their goals. As other local community and labor groups, as well as national organizations planning their own actions to counter the DNC, the Bl(A)ck Tea Society will continue to plan for it's three pronged approach to the Democratic National Convention;

Open air bazaar and concert:
http://www.blackteasociety.org/bazaar.html

Convergence Center:
http://www.blackteasociety.org/convergence.html

A call for Decentralized Direct Action
http://blackteasociety.org/calls/first.html

We urge anyone interested in helping us in these efforts to check our website, http://www.blackteasociety.org, and come to one of our weekly meetings. Let's show the powers that be that despite their attempts, we WILL NOT be intimidated into ending our organizing!

Contact the Bl(A)ck Tea Society at: nodnc04@hush.com

See also:
http://www.blackteasociety.org

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