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Parent Article: Boston Comes Together; DNC Organizing Part I
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Solidarity forever
21 May 2004
I am a Boston area anarchist activist who was briefly involved in the formation of this DNC coalition back in December.

Boston IMC and Pete Stidman deserve praise for undertaking this series of reports on counter-DNC organizing. That said I have a few points to make about this article and some of the shamefull comments above.

Pete Stidman unfortunately sets up an overly simplistic dichotomy between white activists and activists of color. Stidman is correct that huge differences exist between the predominantly young white movement of summit hoppers and the movements of poor communities of color. However there are plenty of "white" people involved in the labor movement, the housing movement and other grassroots organizing efforts. I think precise language is vital especially when dealing with political differences.

As for the anonymous naysayers: beantown black and red, Curious Questions, maybe an answer?, and hardcore direct actionist: if you continue with the unprincipled behaviour demonstrated above you're only hurting the movement and helping the enemy. Other comments above have made some good points, let me just add one thing.

"maybe an answer?" writes:
"I thought that the anarchists were all clear about not working with authoritarians. So what are they doing with these liberal democrats anyway? "

What does "authoritarian" mean?
- Someone who exhibits authoritarian behaviour? Many people do this from time to time including numerous "anarchists."

- Someone who follows the political ideology of Lennin, Trotsky or Mao? The DNC Coalition is made up of community and activist groups. While it's possible that the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation has a hidden Trotskist, or that someone from Project Hip-Hop has a copy of Mao's little red book at home this should not stop anarchists from working with the coalition.

- Someone who is not an anarchist?
I suspect that the "authoritarian" label often means just this. But what happens when anarchists only work with other anarchists? We wind up in the situation we are in today where except for on college campuses anarchists make up a small part of social movements. Compare this to a century ago when anarchists in the U.S. played a central role in the labor, women's and other movements. Sectarianism will get us nowhere.

Finally I encourage anyone who has problems with the Boston DNC Coalition to contact them or one of their member groups directly. Anarchists can also bring up their issues on the Boston anarchist list for discussion. My email address is posted above for those who wish to contact me.