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Anarchist Contingent to December 10th Anti-War Rally (english)
05 Dec 2002
What: An Anarchist Contingent to the December 10th Anti-War Rally
When: December 10, 5:30 PM
Where: Across the Street from the Back Bay T Station, where the Southwest Corridor empties out onto Dartmouth Street
A call for an anarchist contingent to the December 10th anti-war rally
5:30 pm across from the Back Bay T station:

December 10th is the annual day to celebrate the UN Declaration of Human Rights and to call out countries, like the US and Iraq, which violate it.

This year it is particularly focused on the crisis in Iraq?on the
violations and destruction that the decade-long policy of sanctions has meant for the people of Iraq?and the exponential death that will result from increased warfare.

In Boston there are several actions planned around the city with a
convergence on Copley Square and a unified march from there. An anarchist block is forming at 5:30 across the street from the Back Bay T station, where the Southwest Corridor empties out onto Dartmouth Street. Bring flags, drums, noisemakers, flashlights or candles, banners, posters, information, and your resolve to stop the war and the state.

Information (which we believe to be up-to-date, but should be confirmed with those groups actually involved) on earlier rallying points follows (Government Center, JP, and perhaps Harvard Square). If you can go to one of those just look for the flags once you reach Copley Square.



Spread the word:

The following is taken from the UJP meeting notes and slightly updated
and/or abridged:

The national peace coalition, United for Peace, has called for a national observance of Human Rights Day addressed to stopping the war on Iraq. As this day, Dec 10, is a Tuesday, it is fitting that the regular UJP Tuesday vigil in Copley Square be a focus of this observance.

1) What is already planned by other groups:
a. Class Acts - will perform their street theater piece Profiteer Drill Team; it fits right in with previous efforts we have made to mount street theater at the Tuesday vigil.

It was noted that the action should connect in some way with the twin themes of the day: Human Rights and No War on Iraq.

b. HIPJ - tentative plans taken from an HIPJ mailing:
On Harvard Campus:

2-3pm a "die-in" integrated with a leafleting campaign
*** for this we need MANY volunteers, and hopefully from as many
campus groups as possible

3-4pm anti-war speeches, ideally from Harvard profs

4pm mobilize people towards the Harvard T stop to join larger demonstration (here we have the option of meeting up with UJP and other groups who will be holding a vigil in Copley around 5pm)

c. Boston Campus Antiwar Coalition - tentative plans taken from a BCAC mailing:
4:00 - We (meaning any body who is opposed to a war on a Iraq, particularly focused on college populations) will meet at the JFK building in Government Center. We have tried to coordinate a meeting with Senator Kerry, but he has yet to return any calls. What actually happens here as far as speakers are concerned is still open for suggestions. unless anyone knows of a sound system that would be available, we will be limited to bullhorns, etc.
4:30 - March to Copley Square to meet up with people assembling there.
The specific route is yet to be determined, but we will pass through
downtown crossing, and then towards the park st. T-stop on our way to
5:30 - rally with everyone in Copley.
As it will be dark by this time, we thought it would be a powerful visual if we were all carrying flashlights. . . (they serve essentially the same purpose as candles, but are more durable to wind, rain, ect.)
-what to bring:
flashlights, signs, bullhorns, noise makers, a strong voice, and some
intense energy.

d. High school students from JP - there is a rally planned for Mozart Park on starting around 2:30 by some high school students in JP in conjunction with the Latino community. Students may well end their action in JP by coming in to Copley to join the vigil.
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