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Call to resist the Democratic National Convention, Boston, July 2004 (english)
19 Oct 2003
Modified: 22 Oct 2003
Come defend Boston
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Call to resist the Democratic National Convention, Boston, July 2004:


In less than a year, our city will be invaded.

All the formal announcements have been made. All the intentions are laid out. Under their corporate banner they will close down our streets, arrest our people, flaunt their power, and expect us to quarter them in our home. In the name of democracy, they will turn our place of life and work into a police state for a week in late July. We are organizing. We will resist.

This is not about politics. This is about community defense.

Over two hundred years ago, the people of Boston sparked a war. A war
of resistance against tyranny. A revolution. A conflict against the
oppression of a foreign master and the domination of corporate power.
When the Sons Of Liberty took direct action, it was against a
multinational corporation. The act of property destruction against the
East India Tea Company became known simply as the Boston Tea Party. By
the end of the war, the king was gone, but the corporations were not.
History has unfinished deeds. We intend to finish the American
Revolution. We intend to carry this torch. The ringing of revolution
was sparked in Boston before; we will do it again.

Preparations are underway to facilitate those who come to aid in defense of our city. Bring your friends, bring your affinity groups, bring your tools, bring your energy, bring your hearts, and we will provide all that we can.

From one coast to another, and everywhere in between: we call for a convergence. Come reap the seed that was sown generations ago. Come finish the American Revolution. Come defend Boston.


In solidarity and struggle,
The Bl(A)ck Tea Society




The Bl(A)ck Tea Society is an ad-hoc collective of anti-authoritarians
organizing in the Boston area and beyond to resist the Democratic
National Convention. contact: nodnc04 (at) hush.com
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what (english)
20 Oct 2003
why the hell isn't this about politics?
say what hey? (english)
20 Oct 2003
cripes.
Concerns (english)
21 Oct 2003
I really hope that we're not going to end up with a dynamic where people from out of town come to "defend" Boston. That's not likely to advance anti-authoritarian principles, to impact the democrats, or to build resistance. It's likely to end up with local radicals frustrated and the majority of locals alienated. I don't know, y'all...this call isn't likely to appeal to many outside of a small ircle, and that's not how you build a movement.
Concerned (english)
21 Oct 2003
I really hope that we're not going to end up with a dynamic where people from out of town come to "defend" Boston. That's not likely to advance anti-authoritarian principles, to impact the democrats, or to build resistance. It's likely to end up with local radicals frustrated and the majority of locals alienated. I don't know, y'all...this call isn't likely to appeal to many outside of a small circle, and language like that isn't how we build a movement.
Armchair revolutionaries (english)
22 Oct 2003
"Wondering"? I doesn't sound like you're wondering, it sounds like you are attemtping to destroy the good work of people who are actually trying to do something, rather than sitting around pontificating about the "movement" from their armchairs.

Obviously the activists who put out this call won't be "frsutrated", those activists are also locals and surely won't be "alienated", and it's not at all obvious how a generic call to action put out by anti-authoritarians in town is somehow going to create a less anti-authoritarian atmosphere as you claim. So, why not be specific instead of making these vague allegations? Let's hear it: which "activists", which "locals", what people are included in your "small circle" in your allegations, how could something as general as the call above could possibly create an authoritarian atmosphere.

What it comes down to is that people who don't do anything are trying to excuse their own lack activity by attacking the activity of others. If you really had actual concerns about the call above, then you would FUCKING DO SOMETHING and write your own call and organize your own DNC events with like-minded people. The more "small circles" the better. If you think ("assert" would be more accurate, as you have no basis for these allegation) that the "small circle" that will be interested in this call, then write your fucking own and get your own, more desirable "small circle".

The fact that you choose to tear down the activities of other activists in town rather than building "a movement" more to your liking is a direct indication that you have no real interest in contriubuting anything to the activist community, only in tearing down others.