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Announcement :: DNC
What To Bring To Boston & To The Streets
22 Jul 2004
The DNC is almost here - are you packed and ready to go? Here's a list of what to bring with you (and what to leave at home).
Stuff To Bring To The No-DNC Convergence

The DNC is almost here - are you packed and ready to go? Here's a list of what to bring with you (and what to leave at home).

• A sleeping bag, pillow, and towel - many of our hosts don't have enough of these things to supply to their guests.

• Your own bowl/plate, cup and untensils. We will not be providing these things for you! If you want to eat the meals that will be provided in the convergence center, please bring something to eat with.

• Notebook and pen/pencil, so you can take notes when the cops start doing things that are illegal.

• Water bottle (medics will not be running water on the streets! Don't get dehydrated - carry a water bottle).

• Appropriate clothing (loose fitting, something that covers your skin is best if there are chemical weapons, but keep in mind it will be hot here).

• Extra set of clothes in a ziplock bag, in case you get doused with chemical weapons or water.

• Water-based sunscreen (oil-based lotions trap chemical weapons against your skin).

• Bandanas soaked in apple cider vinegar (you may want to dilute the vinegar up to 50/50 with water as vinegar can burn you skin).

• Goggles/gas masks (please make sure the seals/filters are okay for chemical weapons exposure, and make sure the goggles don't have glass lenses!)

• Extra water bottle with squirt cap, if you want to be prepared to be able to do eye flushes. Don't use the bottle you're drinking out of.

• Snacks for when you're out on the streets (trail mix, granola, chocolate chips).

• If you have prescription drugs, bring them in the bottle/container from the pharmacist and bring a doctor's not explaining why you need them.

• Your legal ID. Even if you plan to participate in jail solidarity if arrested, your ID should be somewhere people can access it in case you decide to be bailed out.

• Your own bail money if you can afford it, as Boston ABC might not be able to help everyone if there are mass arrests (minimum bail is a non-returnable $40).

• Printouts of any schedules/info that you want/need prior to your arrival in Boston.

• BTS convergence center and after-hours phone numbers, which are all at

• Medical supplies donations are much needed and appreciated. Gloves and gauze are at the top of the list.

• Food donations and food prep equipment are also needed.

• Bike locks and bike helmets, if you want to use our communal bikes or are willing to share your helmet and lock with others.

• Your own bike, lock and helmet if you can bring it, as it might be easier to have your own if everyone wants to borrow bikes.

• Art supplies, office supplies and batteries are always welcome donations.

• As for what not to bring: Please, do not bring mace or pepper spray. It is illegal in Massachusetts to carry either without a license. You will be arrested and charged with possession of a dangerous weapon if either is found on you. Things such as illegal drugs are also something you should not bring - just use common sense and know our homes in Boston and all of us will be under more intense surveillance with more cops around than normal. But that shouldn't stop us from having an amazing convergence, so last but certainly not least,

• Bring yourselves and your friends, so we can make this a kick-ass week of events! See you in Boston!

More Info In The "Welcome To Boston" Guide:

---------------------------------------------- email contact: nodnc04 (at) ---------------------------------------------- on the web: ---------------------------------------------- email announcement list: ---------------------------------------------- donate to the convergence: ----------------------------------------------
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22 Jul 2004
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