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News :: DNC
July 25 - Thousands March on the DNC to Deamnd "Bring the Troops Home Now!"
29 Jul 2004
Between three and four thousand activists--twice as many as organizers expected--some from as far away as Raleigh, North Carolina and San Diego, California, marched past the Fleet Center, site of the 2004 Democratic National Convention to protest the polcies of the twin war parties.
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Between three and four thousand activists--twice as many as organizers expected--some from as far away as Raleigh, North Carolina and San Diego, California, marched past the Fleet Center, site of the 2004 Democratic National Convention to protest the polcies of the twin war parties.

Union members, veterans, clergy, human rights activists, and many others opposed to the Democratic Party's war policies, marched, carrying signs and banners reading "Bring the Troops Home Now!" and "End the Occupation of Iraq, Palestine, and Haiti!"

The march, organized by ANSWER and the Coalition to Protest the DNC, overcame the repressive police state tactics put in place to block demonstrations. Organizers won their suit against the City of Boston in Federal Court and obtained a court injunction ordering the City to issue permits.

Boston ANSWER challenged the repressive tactics of the Boston Police and refused to enter the "protest pen" set up by the City of Boston and various Federal Agenices. The Federal Court refused to tear down the protest pen, despite admitting that it was an "afront to free speech." Boston ANSWER called for activists to boycott the pens and march in front of the Fleet Center throughout the convention. (*see below for press coverage of the march)

The march and demonstration also highlighted the next steps for the anti-war movement:

-Protests against the Republican National Convention - A week of resistance. Join us in New York to say no to the Bush Agenda of war and racism. August 29 - September 2. For more information, call ANSWER Boston at 617-522-6626

-The Million Worker March. Join us in Washington, DC on Sunday, October 17 to respond to the attacks upon working families in America and the millions of jobs lost during the Bush administration and with the complicity of Congress. The working class has not suffered such hardships since the Great Depression. Now is the time for organized/unorganized labor, the interfaith and community organizations to show solidarity and demand that all elected officials address the needs of working people. The two parties do no represent working people--we must develop an independent movement to speak for ourselves. for more information: www.millionworkermarch.org

-The Counter Inaugural- mass demonstration against whoever is elected on January 20, 2005. For more information, www.internationalANSWER.org

Speakers included a wide variety of anti-war and community organizers, including: Brian Becker, representing national ANSWER; Mario Dupuy, Communication Minister under Haitian President Jean Bertrand-Aristide; Clarence Thomas, ILWU Local 10 and co-convener of the Million Workers March; Gloria Pacis, mother of Marine Corps resister Stephen Funk; Ahmad Kawash, of the Palestine National Congress- Boston; Elena Everett, of the North Carolina Green Party; Peta Lindsey, of Youth & Student ANSWER; Leilani Dowell, a lesbian activist and candidate for Congress in California on the Peace and Freedom Party ticket; Brenda Stokeley, Pres. AFSCME DC 1707 and national co-convener of the Million Worker March; John Parker, an organizer with the International Action Center in Los Angeles; Stephanie Nichols, Youth & Student Organizer with ANSWER; Yoomi Jeong, of the Korea Truth Commission; as well as musical performances by Farah Juste, Pam Parker of Washington, DC and Movement in Motion, a New York-based arts collective.

Members of the Coalition to Protest the DNC include: Chuck Turner, Boston City Council; ANSWER Boston; The New England Human Rights Organization for Haiti; Union of Minority Neighborhoods; The MLK Bolivarian Circle; The Greater Roxbury Workers Association; USWA Local 8751, Boston School Bus Drivers; The International Action Center; Chelsea Uniting Against the War; The Women's Fightback Network and the Stonewall Warriors.
See also:
http://www.answerboston.org

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Fuck Answer
29 Jul 2004
so, as folks are going into the street and trying to take action DURING the DNC, Answer feels the need to post and remind people of their pro-democrat march the day before the convention started. And just for the record a ton of people at that boring Answer thing were sporting pro-Kerry pins and signs.

Trying to steal the spotlight away from those actually putting themselves on the line? Weak dude, weak.
Re: July 25 - Thousands March on the DNC to Deamnd "Bring the Troops Home Now!"
29 Jul 2004
it definitely wasn't thousands.
Re: July 25 - Thousands March on the DNC to Deamnd "Bring the Troops Home Now!"
29 Jul 2004
Thanks to all of the protesters who are putting their lives on the line to get back a little piece of Democracy. I wish that I could be there with you. Bravo...keep up the good work.
Re: July 25 - Thousands March on the DNC to Deamnd "Bring the Troops Home Now!"
29 Jul 2004
does anyway actually hold a dialogue on any indymedia site or do we all just take this oppurtunity to talk down to each other from the ignoble firewall of the anonymity of the internet. then again i'm a anarchist voting for kerry, please shout me down and belittle me it makes me feel good.

squatters for kerry!
Re: July 25 - Thousands March on the DNC to Deamnd "Bring the Troops Home Now!"
30 Jul 2004
squatter, you're a fuckin sellout! just like the WWPers and the Greens! they're all sold out!