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Boston Indymedia should display this prominently (english)
20 Jul 2003
Modified: 22 Jul 2003
Um... Hello... Big Event this Weekend.
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Um... Hello... Big Event this Weekend.
It Starts Here.
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What's going down? (english)
21 Jul 2003
I'm in full support for getting back out into the streets over this; hasn't been completely quiet over the past few months, but what's a movement without Fox News hitting the scene and misreporting the numbers by several hundreds, eh?

Just want to know: Is there anything specific going on with this? Any speakers? A march? A sit-in? Any local groups representing? Where in Harvard Square? (Or hopefully it'll big too big to miss anyways) Or are we all just showing up to show up. (which, hey, that's cool)

If I missed this information from previous posts, my apologies. But thanks to all continuing to get the word out on this.

-tgt
autonomous action (english)
21 Jul 2003
do whatever! creative actions should abound.

i plan on breaking out my amp and playin' some songs for anyone who wants to listen!

perhaps there will be more going on as well, but in the vein of security culture it certainly would not be discussed over indymedia, so there is no way to know until you get there.
See also:
http://www.evangreer.com
Leaders suck. (english)
21 Jul 2003
We don't need plans. Just come to Harvard Square and assert your liberty. Some will protest (if they choose). Some will party (if they choose). Some will hang out. Some will debate. Some will pass out literature. If you want to come and stand on your head, you're welcome to do so. Be there.
Where are the "Leaders" (english)
21 Jul 2003
The way in which the self-appointed leaders of the peace movement dropped the ball is very disappointing. All the momentum we had seemed to be going to waste...until now.

I hope word of this event reaches the summer cottages on Cape Cod where the upper middle class misleaders are no doubt vacationing.
doesn't anyone feel the OUTRAGE! (english)
21 Jul 2003
I will be the first to agree that the massive protests which took place before the invasion of Iraq did little or nothing to influence the positions of our elected "representatives," much less the corporate media lapdogs which seem to do nothing but spout Rumsfeld-approved misinformation.

Also, I think we must seriously get together with existing organizations, such as United Justice for Peace, to work on the serious day-by-day process of registering people to vote and educating them as to the dangers posed by the current Bush administration.

However, I am also MAD AS HELL about Bush, Cheney and their gang of criminals! Why not get out and shout about it!!

Don't any of their fiendish acts piss you off?

Trashing the environment (watering down emissions standards)

Giving Tax Breaks to 3ton SUV purchasers (yeah, really!)

Sending our Troops to Die for Oil

Lying to all Americans to Promote their Imperialist War

Cutting Taxes for the Wealthy, While Gutting Programs for the Poor

Creating a 50 Billion US$ boondoggle called "Homeland Security Dept" run by Tom Ridge (who turned the State of Pennsylvania into a toxic waste dump in exchange for cash and sent state police to bust skulls of protesters at the Republican Convention) Great credentials, Ridge!

Promoting fear and terror as the basic lifestyle in America

Ramming through the obscene "Patriot Act" (to take away our civil rights)

Cutting veterans benefits while our brave men and women are killed in Iraq...and arrogant psycopath Bush says "Bring it on!"

Derailing Headstart for innocent kids so that they can spend the money on drilling for oil in Alaskan wilderness

Lying, Cheating, Stealing, Creating Carnage, Death and Destruction...Thanks a lot George W. Bush!

Here is your administration's top geopolitical strategy:

Create Enemies to Start Wars, the get HUGE Defense Contracts to Build More Weapons and Start More Wars.

Fucking brilliant...

Is there anything these people do that reflects the interests of the American People? Have you ever seen such a shameless gang of corporate whores screwing the whole planet?

Yeah, I will be there with my banner!

Evan, maybe you can moderate some speakers in between songs.
Bush Trial? (english)
21 Jul 2003
Hey

I just ordered a life size cardboard cut out of the Prez.

Maybe we can have a show trial
Bring your signs and your freedom of speech! (english)
21 Jul 2003
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why we're not displaying it more prominently (english)
21 Jul 2003
To whoever posted this originally, you seem annoyed that we have not prominently featured your up-coming protest. Let me explain, as a member of the Boston IMC editorial collective, why we have not done so. If you look at our features column, you'll see that everything that's highlighted there are news articles which have some local connection. (OK, the Narragansett Indians one is a bit of a stretch on the local score, but there's no IMC in Providence yet.) That's what we highlight--local news. The only events we ever feature prominently are the ones we're organizing ourselves, and then we don't put them in the features column. Yes, some other IMCs display event announcements in the center column, but we've decided against that--it's part of an editorial policy we've hashed out over the years at meetings and on e-mail lists. The problem is that there are just way too many cool events happening in Boston for us to feature them all prominently and we would have to pick and choose--which would bring up the problem of who to pick and choose and what criteria we should use. In any case, the IMC is not meant to be primarily for announcing up-coming events--it's meant to be about grassroots news coverage. There are other things in the Boston area meant for event announcement, prime among them the act-ma e-mail list, also available on-line at http://www.topica.com/lists/act-ma@igc.topica.com/read . I'd urge you to join that list and post the protest there is you want a large turnout to the Harvard Square action.
left hand column announcements? (english)
22 Jul 2003
A few months ago we started announcing big upcoming events in the left hand column and I think that worked out rather well. As for deciding what should be announced and what shouldn't, perhaps someone can send a proposal for a left-hand column announcement on the list and anyone who doesn't like it can block it? And, of course there should be some general criteria such as the event should be open to the public, in the Boston area, somewhat large, etc. I don't know... would instituting this be asking for trouble?
let's wait and see on the left-hand column (english)
22 Jul 2003
I'm not opposed to posting events on the left-hand column, but we should hash out the criteria at a general meeting, rather than on the comments section of this post. It would be good to have some place on the site at least to put announcements. I think we should wait to figure out where till we switch servers, code and templates though. (To general readers, the Boston IMC should soon be switching to another server and computer code--none of which will really affect you--and will probably have a new look and layout.) The Ithaca site, which we may use as the basis for our new templates, doesn't have a lefthand column. What they do have is the ability for people posting to the newswire to categorize their postings, and we could (if we decide to do the same thing on our site) is include an "announcements" category, along with ones for commentary, photos, and non-local news. (Those of you who are general users, what do you think of the idea of being able to categorize your postings? This would allow readers to be able to find what they're interested in more easily.)