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Boston prepares for March 18 rally
18 Feb 2006
Following the historic Dec. 1 Rosa Parks Human Rights Day march of nearly 2,000 people through Roxbury and downtown Boston, the Boston Rosa Parks Committee is providing the leadership and focus for organizing Boston’s participation in the global days of action on the 3rd anniversary of the criminal U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq.
In the spirit of Rosa Parks
Boston prepares for March 18 rally
By Peter Cook
Boston
Published Feb 17, 2006 10:49 PM

Following the historic Dec. 1 Rosa Parks Human Rights Day march of nearly 2,000 people through Roxbury and downtown Boston, the Boston Rosa Parks Committee is providing the leadership and focus for organizing Boston’s participation in the global days of action on the 3rd anniversary of the criminal U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq.

The rally/march will begin at 11 a.m. on March 18 at the Dudley Common, Blue Hill Avenue & Dudley Street, in Roxbury and move through the Downtown Crossing shopping district of Boston to the Statehouse.

Following the call for global actions on March 18-19, the Boston Rosa Parks Committee issued the following call for an action in Boston:

“It is not enough to just focus on the war in Iraq, we must address the root causes of violence in our communities and point the finger at the real perpetrators of this violence— state, local and federal government and their policies of racism and lethal hostility towards poor and working people.

“Unemployment, the use of racial profiling and police brutality against the youth in the communities of color has become an epidemic... The $500 billion Pentagon budget and the $200 billion spent on the war is money that has been stolen from our communities. This money is needed for union jobs, housing, youth centers & programs, education, daycare centers, AIDS and healthcare. This money is needed to rebuild the Gulf Coast and compensate the survivors of Katrina for the criminal and racist neglect of the government.

“There is an epidemic of violence against women and increasingly abortion rights are under attack. Let’s be clear, we are fighting to stop two wars— the war abroad and the war at home against racism and poverty.”

Dec. 1 launched new anti-war movement

The Dec. 1 Rosa Parks Day march represented the birth of a new anti-war movement in Boston, based in the oppressed communities and organically linked to the struggle against racism and poverty. The movement’s leadership represents the broadest level of involvement from communities throughout Boston. It includes City Councilor Chuck Turner; Prof. Tony Van Der Meer; Askia Toure; Puerto Rican activist Dorotea Manuela; Clemencia Lee of the Cultural Cafe; Bishop Felipe Tiexera; USW L. 8751 Boston School Bus Drivers; Women’s Fightback Network and the Boston Troops Out Now Coalition (TONC).

At the first organizing meeting for March 18 Tony Van Der Meer put it in perspective when he said, “It is significant that the Boston Rosa Parks Human Rights Day Committee is organizing for March 18 because it is making the connection bet ween the struggle against national oppression and the struggle against imperialist war.”

Organizations and individuals that have endorsed and are actively organizing include: Committee to Defend the Somer ville 5; Young Cape Verdean Club, Inc.; New England Human Rights Organi za tion for Haiti; MLK Jr. Bolivarian Circle; International Action Center; Angolan Asso c iation of Mass., Inc.; Immigration Pas toral Center, Inc; Franciscan Order of Saint Joseph Cupertino; Saint Martin De Porres Catholic Church of the Americas; Disabled Peoples Liberation Front; Stone wall Warriors; United American Indians of New England; Northeastern Diocese of Saint Francis of Assisi, Catholic Church of the Americas; Greater Boston Stop the Wars Coalition; Rule 19; QueerToday.com; Boston Mobilization; United for Justice with Peace; Lucy Parsons Center; Dor ches ter People for Peace; Brookline Peace works; Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom.

In the spirit of International Women’s Day

Under the banner of “Stop Poverty, Racism, Sexism & War!” The Women’s Fightback Network and the Cambridge Women’s Center have announced plans for a Women and Girls Contingent to take part in the March 18 protest. This announce ment has generated a lot of enthusiasm, especially in light of the recent confirmation of the right-wing Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court and the new round of budget cuts that will have a dramatically negative impact on women, children and the poor.

According to Rachel Nasca of the Women’s Fightback Network, “This year for International Women’s Day it was decided that, given the current political climate of war and budget cuts, it would be important for women and girls to take to the streets of Boston on March 18 to stand in solidarity with our sisters around the world and begin the process of organizing a militant mass movement to defend our rights.”

For more information or to get involved, contact either the Women’s Fightback Net work at 617-522-6626; wfn (at) iacboston.org or the Cam bridge Women’s Center at 617-354-6394.

In addition to the Women and Girls contingent www.QueerToday.com has announced plans for an LGBTQ contingent and USW L. 8751, Boston School Bus Drivers is organizing a labor contingent.

Boston organizers invite readers who want to get involved to join planning meetings for the March 18 action, taking place every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Cultural Cafe, 76 Atherton St., Jamaica Plain. The Boston Rosa Parks Committee can be reached at 617-524-3507, rosaparksday (at) brphrd.com or via the web at www.brphrd.com

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Re: Boston prepares for March 18 rally
18 Feb 2006
I'll be there with you!! Can't wait!We shall fill the streets of Boston.Stop the War and free Palestine!!
Re: Boston prepares for March 18 rally
18 Feb 2006
I wish there were alot more protests against this bloody stupid war.We really have to get thousands of people out in the streets at least once aweek to make the corrupt politicians take us seriously.Does anyone remember Vietnam and the 60's? This is what it's going to take real sacrifice and commitment.Has the left given up? It sure looks that way! Fair weather protesters ain't going to get it done.
Re: Boston prepares for March 18 rally
18 Feb 2006
Hey, let these misguided youngstas fight the cops--that keeps them off my back. It's good to know you can demolish 3 skyscrapers with firefighters still in them and get away with it. Then you get the young minority kids angry at the police instead of the murderers like me! Long live America! Land of the free murderers!! And the willing sacrificial lambs with firehoses! How else could I have turned a 15 million dollar investment into 3 billion dollars, AND started a war against my people's hated enemy, the muslims??
Re: Boston prepares for March 18 rally
18 Feb 2006
One suggestion. Don't march down Blue Hill Avenue. You'll get mugged, shot, or raped.
Re: Boston prepares for March 18 rally
18 Feb 2006
Or all of the above!
Re: Boston prepares for March 18 rally
18 Feb 2006
Please get your head out of your ass!! The cause of violence in our lovely city is young black males, shooting other young black males. They do this for a number of reason, none of them "socio-economic" or rasist. They do it because they do not have role models other than Emminem, Fat John, Ludicris, and all those other homeys you see on theier album covers, with their poor-me, I'm oppressed, anti-world, anti-authority (cops, parent {not parents}, teachers, professors, etc). They do it because Lamont is selling drugs on his turf without permission. They do it because the lyrics of thier songs glorify guns, dope and violence against women. They do it because they know if thy are caught with dope or a gun, you apoligists will back them up and give them a free lawyer and talk about how they have "fallen through the cracks of society", it's all our fault, we let them down, they didn't have a strong family unit. Keep enabling them! It's really working!!!!!!!!!! Don't lock them up when found with guns and drugs. Please, as a white female, help me keep these people out of the ranks of the work force, the universities, the military, acadamia, etc. etc, etc. Less people vying for the same nut is a good thing. Please, I beseech you, keep up the hand-wringing and enabling of the young gun-toting culture just long enough for me to rise up above them and get my piece of the pie. Thank you.
Re: Boston prepares for March 18 rally
18 Feb 2006
wow, that was really racist.
Yeah but,
18 Feb 2006
Who da FUKK is "Fat John?"
Re: Boston prepares for March 18 rally
18 Feb 2006
Haha! They build the Silver Line but the commies are gonna walk it. That's gratitude. Watch out for falling axles!
Re: Boston prepares for March 18 rally
19 Feb 2006
Do gooder white folks, just walkin' in da hood...That'll be like a buffet. Victimbalooza !!!!!!
Re: Boston prepares for March 18 rally
20 Feb 2006
ummm, most of the key organizers are people of color. and the white folks who are planning to mobilize their networks realize that one of the worst things about this fucked up war is so much of our money is being thrown out of the window instead of building our communities. imagine how different the city would be with some new free-healthcare centers or youth facilities or alternative education programs. the current estimate is over one trillion dollars will be wasted on this crazy neocon stunt.
that's $1,000,000,000,000.00
anyone who claims this is good or necessary is either an idiot or an asshole. i can tell from some of the commentary here we have plenty of both in our midst.
i don't like how workers world is making this into their rally, but it's about damn time the largely-white peace movement started organizing with and marching in the communities that are worst affected by all aspects of the war economy. boston is a majority-people of color city, let's not forget. so put aside the sectarianism and racism for the day and build a united front i say.

all out to shut down the war machine!

ps- a lot more people would ride the silver line if it were a TRAIN like they promised. dickhead.
I detect a euphemism
20 Feb 2006
"white folks who are planning to mobilize their networks"

aka:
a) Slowly getting your head out of your ass.
b) drinking beer at 45 mt auburn st
c) calling mom in Wellesley and asking her for $40 bucks
d) shit shatting on your cell phone
e) having a silkscreen party
f) watching The Color Purple

did I forget anything?
Re: Boston prepares for March 18 rally
20 Feb 2006
wasting their time and others' by spending 24 hours a day trolling imc to write pointless and puerile commentary.
cultivating a sense of importance by spewing bile at anyone trying to do something positive as an alternative to being complacent
getting rejected by computer dating services for not meeting minimal compatibility requirements
Re: Boston prepares for my johnson
20 Feb 2006
haha. you said spewing. Yer a jew. If you want to be positive, go to Puzzles and such some cock. Reposting Workers World articles ain't being productive.
Re: Boston prepares for March 18 rally
21 Feb 2006
Why so much HOSTILITY?

What is the real point of having a march on March 18 ending in front of the State House(what then?) knowing fully well that the State House is closed on Saturdays?
Re: Boston prepares for March 18 rally
21 Feb 2006
March down Blue Hill Ave! Free the oppressed! lets ralley at the pizza place at Blue Hill and Columbia. great spot for visability
Re: Boston prepares for March 18 rally
21 Feb 2006
Hey I was kidding about how dangerous the Ghetto is.No gang bangers would dare shoot at rich white folks marching with their Black brothers and sisters on a Sat. there's to much heat.The cops will be protecting the marchers.It's a shame the Black Panthers aren't around to kick those punk gangsters out of the ghetto.I'll see you all at the March.
Re: Boston prepares for March 18 rally
22 Feb 2006
I heard there was going to be free government cheese at the end of the march.