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Commentary :: Organizing
United for Justice with Peace lets us down again.
22 Mar 2004
Why would anybody rally at the bandstand on the Common? It's nowhere near the Park Plaza Hotel.
UJP is calling for people to protest the Bush fundraiser by rallying on the Common.
Why would anybody rally at the bandstand on the Common? It's nowhere near the Park Plaza Hotel.
Enough ineffective protest. Surround the Park Plaza Hotel.

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Re: United for Justice with Peace lets us down again.
22 Mar 2004
I believe the AFL-CIO is calling for a protest across the street from the Arlington Street T-stop, which is closer to the Park Plaza Hotel.

I wouldn't jump to the conclusion that UJP settled on the Boston Common Bandstand for reasons of lameness. They might not have been able to get a permit for anywhere else. Yes, I know, lots of you out there will dismiss the need for a permit. It's probably worth trying to have an unpermitted rally as close to the Hotel as possible--although I doubt the cops will let protesters that near the Hotel. But there are good reasons to have permitted rallies as well, for people who want to make a statement but can't afford to get in a confrontational, semi-legal situation (they're an immigrant; they can't afford to get arrested because of a prior record, because they'll loose their job, etc.) or just aren't comfortable in such situations. Confrontation is important, but so are numbers. Having both a permitted rally and an unpermitted one may be a good way to handle the situation.
Re: United for Justice with Peace lets us down again.
22 Mar 2004
Here's what I found on the UJP website. sounds like they don't intend to stay at the bandstand.

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Thurs March 25 PROTEST - BUSH COMING TO BOSTON
Meet at the Bandstand, Boston Common 5:00 PM

The United for Justice with Peace Coalition will be meeting at the bandstand, Boston Common, at 5:00 PM on Thursday March 25th. (Park St T-Stop) We will assemble and hear a few words from Phyllis Bennis (fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies) and from the AFL-CIO. The UJP and AFL-CIO contingents and others will then join for protest.

The Direct Action Committee, organized by a coalition against the Biolab in the South End/Roxbury, will be welcoming Bush with a message in opposition to the Bioterrorism Lab. NO TO BUSH! NO TO PERMANENT WAR! NO TO BIOWEAPONS LAB! Please gather between 3:15 and 3:30 across from the Arlington T-Station (green line) at the corner of Arlington and Boylston Streets - for street theatre and more. “Help us hand out fliers, hold signs, make some noise, and let people know about our campaign against the lab“.
Re: United for Justice with Peace lets us down again.
23 Mar 2004
UJP and the AFL-CIO working together? This is a nice step forward in coalition-building. I think the AFL-CIO has been trying to avoid a position on the war (because their members are in such different places on it), but may be they're starting to come around . . .
Re: United for Justice with Peace lets us down again.
23 Mar 2004
...and don't forget while you're at it, the Israeli consulate is in the same building, so save some protest power for those state terrorists!