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News :: Organizing
Boston Solidarity Banner Drop
04 Sep 2004
Modified: 05:10:36 AM
Pirates Against Bush dropped banners on Thursday, September 2, 2004, the last day of the Republican National Convention. The banners and cardboard signs were in solidarity with those protesting against the RNC in New York City.
A little after 2 pm on Thursday, September 2nd, members of Pirates Against Bush, a student-run Boston-area activist group, dropped three banners from bridges that they had made from sheets, paint, sandbags, and their creativity. They also posted cardboard signs on bridges in Boston and Cambridge. Some of their friends hung a banner from a bridge over Route 2 in Arlington. Though the banners and signs are no longer up (due to some lovely passerby), here are some pictures of the banners that were hung during rush hour traffic. Each banner was fastened and then unfurled in an instant, much to the delight of onlookers in gridlocked traffic. One woman begged the pirates to hurry so that she could read the banner before passing under the bridge. The pirates also received many comlimentary waves, peace signs, and horn toots.
The first banner read: War on Terror: $165 Billion Peace is Free
The second banner read: Bail for Peaceful Protesters at RNC: $40-$200,000 Free Speech?
The third banner said: 1 in 6 U.S. children lives in poverty No Child Left Behind?
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The banner hung over Route 2 was not a Pirates Against Bush action, though it was in solidarity with the RNC protesters and with Pirates. That banner read something like, Boston stands in solidarity with the RNC protesters. Cardboard signs ranged from a peace symbol by Mass. Ave (still there) to a sign in Cambridge reading "Osama bin Forgotten."
The entire process was very fun and very cheap, costing only about $10 for gromets and fasteners.
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Re: Boston Solidarity Banner Drop
04 Sep 2004
Re: Boston Solidarity Banner Drop
05 Sep 2004
I helped with the arlington banner drop it said "Boston Stands With The RNC Resistance. A member of our group also put "free pier 57" stickers around harvard square.
Re: Boston Solidarity Banner Drop
05 Sep 2004
Re: Boston Solidarity Banner Drop
06 Sep 2004
that is wonderfulness
Re: Boston Solidarity Banner Drop
07 Sep 2004
Nice. I noticed that you appear to have weights on the bottom of the banners. Have you ever had any issues with these falling off? I've gnerally done banners on fenced bridges, so that you can tie all four corners to the fence to keep it from blowing but not have to worry about anything falling onto the road or cars below.
Re: Boston Solidarity Banner Drop
09 Sep 2004
the weights are socks filled sand. some of the pirates (maybe all) had never done banner drops, and Pirates Against Bush experienced no problems with these particular weights.