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Announcement :: DNC
DNC Event Organizers
08 Jul 2004
The Black Tea Society (BTS)
The Black Tea Society is an anti-authoritarian group that has organized the convergence center for the anti-DNC protests. In addition to the BTS itself, the convergence center will house the National Lawyers Guild, the Boston Area Liberation Medics (BALM) Squad, and the Boston IMC. They are also planning two major events for the DNC. On Tuesday, July 27 they will host a Really, Really Democratic Bazaar on the Boston Common, during which people will give away goods and services for free, in a generally festive atmosphere. They will also be hosting a spokescouncil to coordinate the actions of affinity groups for Thursday, July 29, the Day of Action.

The Boston Social Forum (BSF)
Happening the weekend immediately preceding the DNC (Friday, July 23-Sunday, July 25), the BSF will be a place for groups from all over the left end of the political spectrum to engage in dialogue with each other and to begin to find a way out of the crises facing the American left. It is not meant to be a counter-convention to the DNC, but a place where progressive groups who both oppose and support the Democratic Party can come together to talk about issues of common concern. The organizers of the BSF are also hoping to showcase the best ideas of the left while the mainstream media is in town, in order to counter the charge made by mainstream pundits that the left has no alternatives to offer. There is no plan to issue any points of unity or to create a coalition at the end of the conference--the organizers’ goals is to promote the cross-fertilization of ideas and the creation of stronger activist networks.

International Act Now to Stop War and End Militarism (International ANSWER)
The Boston branch of International ANSWER is holding a march against the Democratic Party on the Sunday before the DNC, July 25. The usual controversy surrounds ANSWER’s plans, since they are generally believed to be a front for the sectarian group Workers World Party and they have a history of not working well in democratic coalition with other groups.

The Socialist Party
These advocates of democratic socialism are holding a Dump the Democrats march on Monday, July 26 to protest the limits of what advocates of social justice can accomplish under the two-party system.

United for Justice with Peace
This is the main Boston-area anti-war coalition. They are holding a protest on Wednesday, July 28, entitled, "What have we become?: Guantanamo to Abu Ghraib." The focus of the protests are against the violations of international law by the US government in its war "against" terrorism and its occupation of Iraq, plus the loss of civil liberties here in the US as a result of the USA PATRIOT Act. The protest are being co-sponsored by Boston Mobilization, a local student activist group; the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU); and Dennis Kucinich's presidential campaign.

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