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Commentary :: Politics
Eugene Anarchist Visits Boston
22 May 2004
Modified: 12:39:45 PM
Went to Boston recently, and thought I would write a summary on what I saw in the area.
The last four years on the West Coast have been interesting. This last year, in particular has been discouraging, to say the least. The Oregon/Northern California scene right now is rife with in-fighting, and defeatism. There is very little going on out here, and it has been discouraging. Many of us contribute it to getting beaten (litteraly) last year durring the brief anti-war movement. Oour collectives, organization, and will are all slowly disapearing, much to the joy of those we are fighting against.

With this said, I did not know what to expect when I got to Boston for a short visit. "Is this whole nation's movement coming apart at the seems, or is it just the Northwest?" Was the question I had.

While I didn't have time to meet with anyone, I did spend much of the time I had looking for any sign of resistance in the Boston community. I must say I was impressed. The amount of on street solidarity that I saw amongst the youth working for the Gay/Straight alliance was impressive. I spent some time talking with some of the kids about how they felt, and the desire to change or system was apparent in all. The best part about this Youth movement was that it seemed to embrace diversity rather then push it away.

I would like to give my encouragement to those kids I spoke with, and tell them to stay strong, and active in the years to come.

I was also impressed with all the publications I got my hands on. The "Spare Change" was an awsome example of a progressive street rag that helps both the community, and those involved in writing it. I was extatic when I saw that the front page article was about anarchists organizing for the DNC in boston. The Student Underground was also a good read, and encouraging...

What impressed me most though was reading about the Black Tea Collective's organizing efforts around the DNC. The fact that this group has put so much work into this event is encouraging. If only we here in the Northwest could get 20 so members to sit down for a meeting without it turning into a fight... Good luck with the DNC, and I hope all goes well.

In solidarity, keep up the good work!
The Revolutionary Youth Collective

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Re: Eugene Anarchist Visits Boston
22 May 2004
thanks for the comments and encouragement! it sucks that things in eugene are going downhill- how's portland activism wise?
Re: Eugene Anarchist Visits Boston
23 May 2004
It's not just Eugene, it's Portland, and San Fran...