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News :: DNC : Human Rights : Race
First Day of Protests, July 25th
26 Jul 2004
As the Boston Social Forum wrapped up, the International ANSWER march and the People's Party in Jamaica Plain began. In a clear act of racial profiling, police arrested a man of South Asian appearance in the middle of the ANSWER march. They also intimidated legal observers at the People's Party, and searched the bus/kitchen of the pracifist group Seeds of Peace for a third time.

PHOTOS BY: Paula Sutton

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As the Boston Social Forum wrapped up on Sunday, the day before the start of the DNC, protests were already under way.

About 1,000-2,000 people attended the anti-war march organized by International Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (International ANSWER) , which started on the Boston Common and went to the Fleet Center, site of the Democratic National Convention (DNC). While the event was on the Common, a right-winger set up a booth nearby, with anti-gay and anti-reproductive rights signs and literature. A shouting match ensued and ANSWER’s parade marshals forcibly escorted him away. As the march passed the Fleet Center, the police arrested a man of South Asian appearance for looking around “a little too curiously”, a blatant act of racial profiling. He was later released.

Later in the evening, there was a People’s Party to support the Fund the Dream campaign in a small park across from the Stony Brook "T" (subway) stop in the neighborhood of Jamaica Plain. It was within shouting of Sam Adam’s Brewery, where one of fifty-eight parties for delegates to the DNC, organized by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, was taking place. Despite the picnic-like atmosphere of the event, around 30 motorcycle cops showed up along with a paddy-wagon. At least two legal observers were intimidated into showing their I.D.s to police. In Massachusetts, residents are not required to show their I.D.'s unless they are driving or being charged with a crime.

Nearby, The police visited the bus/kitchen of the pacifist group Seeds of Peace for a third time. Police entered the bus ignoring requests by the resident cook for a search warrant. The bus is parked on a private lot with permission from the lots owner. Earlier in the week several agencies searched the bus, stealing four propane tanks that still have not been returned.

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Re: First day of Protests July 25th
26 Jul 2004
This is the best you can do? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Boy, you haven't got a chance in hell of beating George Bush. Get ready for a four year surprise, fuckheads.
Re: First day of Protests July 25th
26 Jul 2004
Good Luck and you have my thanks for keeping up the good fight! You are the real patriots.
Re: First day of Protests July 25th
26 Jul 2004
Scott, the use of the word fuckhead is immature.
However, you do have one point, there is no way in hell anyone is going to beat bush. As it is, he is now our new god, never to be questioned in any way.

Second, the opposition is so divided, it has become ineffective.

and finaly, concidering how bush "won" the state of florida, Who's to say this election won't be rigged?

so What is the point of even having an election anyway? bush has already won.
Re: First day of Protests July 25th
26 Jul 2004
Pardon me, but I'm really getting irritated with the "take us or take the Nazis" attitude of the Democratic party, stretching into some segments of the progressive community. The fact of the matter is both candidates want (by way of their policies): militarization of everything (most noticibly the police, but it is extending into all areas of life [law, labor, the environment, economics, sexuality]) to continue, corporate globalization to continue, the occupation of Iraq to continue, plans for the draft to continue, pollution and ecological devastation to continue, dependence on fossil fuels to continue, the global decline in wages/increase in inequality to continue, and the general trend towards everyone not of their class being forced into techno-serfdom to continue.

Why can't we have a decent country? Why can't we stop corporate globalization? Why can't we stop the death machine? Why can't we tell all these rich bastards who are killing us, our parents, our planet, and soon our children to fuck off? Why can't we stop playing the game by their rules and make our own?

I guess what I'm trying to say is: so what if Bush steals this election too? Why can't we have a (non-violent, of course, in compliance with Title 18, Section 2385 of the U.S. Code :-) ) revolution anyways?
Re: First Day of Protests, July 25th
26 Jul 2004
http://liesofbush.com/ Alex, you sound like a wise person so I will take the time to answer you. Please visit my site, http://liesofbush.com/ to see for yourself that the difference between the two parties is greater than you think. Yes, the dems are famous for having their heads up their butts, but if you scan the agenda of the neo-cons laid out on my site, you will probably come to the same conclusion that I did; The Texas oil interests are planning a total revision of the Constitution and are already in the process of dismantling the Bill of Rights. I am an Independent voter, but I will suspend my desire to see at least one more political party in this country, to rid our world of the extremely dangerous policy of takeover and subjugation that this administration represents. Have you ever heard of the Project for a New American Century? I have a whole page of links to articles and sites that tell in their own words what ten of the top members of this administration plan for all of us. In their own words: "Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor." Quoted from, Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New Century, A Report of The Project for the New American Century September 2000-PNAC
Re: First Day of Protests, July 25th
27 Jul 2004
Actually, I already knew all about the PNAC. I began going through their documents and googling the signatories to find out who they were, and what else they had said (in many cases, I found that the signatories were currently occupying high positions throughout the State and Defense Depts.).

I also know all about the ties to Halliburton, Israel, and the trans-afghan pipeline consortium.

More importantly, I also know that Clinton was the most progressive president since Jimmy Carter, perhaps FDR. I also know that as president, Clinton created the WTO, made sure NAFTA went through the Senate (ensuring the near-destruction of U.S. manufacturing and the environment, wages, and workers' rights throughout North America), kept the sanctions regime and near-daily bombings of Iraq going (which directly killed somewhere between 250,000 and 2,000,000 Iraqis), gave up on the (admittdly flawed, but fixable) "Health Care Plan," demanded South Africa stop using generic AIDS drugs (instead demanding they pay western prices for the brand-name versions of those drugs), supported Israeli aparthied (which is what it would be called if South Africa was doing it) to the tune of $4bn a year, approved "Plan Columbia" (which is basically the large-scale military assault on Columbian peasantry in the effort to clamp down on FARC after Pablo Escobar's assassination left the Columbian military with a lot of guns and no other enemy), and imprisoned more African-Americans on drug charges than both Reagan and Bush *combined*. Remember, this is the "progressive," Clinton.

I also know that Kerry is much further to the right than Clinton was. I think it's fair to say that Kerry today is where the Republicans were 12-or-so years ago, policy-wise.

I may indeed vote for Kerry, just because I believe that Bush is indeed worse. But don't expect me to believe that getting rid of Bush is suddenly the savior of America. There were plenty of sickening actions and problems before Bush got into office, and though Bush has certainly created new ones, don't expect me to believe that Kerry's the solution. He's a pain killer, and may succeed in removing the "ouch" factor, but won't do anything to cure the disease. I may indeed opt for a pain killer, but I think it makes vastly more sense to cure the disease.
Re: First Day of Protests, July 25th
27 Jul 2004
I have gotten tired of arguing the point that voting for the lesser of two evils isn't always a good thing. However, the people who support kerry, the ones who support nader or another third party, all these people certainly can agree on one thing. BUSH MUST GO!!!

If you feel that voting for Kerry is the way to go, then do it. the important thing is that you go out and vote.

My advice, You have to do what you feel is right.
Everyone will tell you to go one way, but in the end, it's up to you, just make sure you do it!
Re: First Day of Protests, July 25th
27 Jul 2004
you have some compelling points Pyro and Alex
the sadist fact is that nomatter what happens the world is dead we are all polishing brass on the titanic and nothing save total destruction of current culture and a return to the confines of nature for a geologic time scale will save anything

seems that the XXIst century will be the end for all mankind

above all enjoy the fall it will be fun as depravity sets in and cultural stagnation come
Re: First Day of Protests, July 25th
27 Jul 2004
http://liesofbush.com/ Very good, Gentlemen, I suspect that we all agree, Bush Must Go!!! What Clinton did is another topic altogether. I am an Independent so I believe my point of view is untainted. The facts speak for themselves. Just visit my site for the facts. I also don’t think that getting rid of Bush is suddenly the savior of America, but I do think it’s a start. Your painkiller and ouch factor analogy is well put and a new one on me. I believe the determining factor in this election will be people like us if we follow Pyro’s advice and vote. And "not a terrorist" who has a somewhat pessimistic, yet nearly realistic point of view, will most likely try to offset the impending doom he predicts by contributing to the Democratic process. Alex asked in an earlier post: Why can't we have a decent country? Why can't we stop corporate globalization? Why can't we stop the death machine? Why can't we tell all these rich bastards who are killing us, our parents, our planet, and soon our children to f**k off? Why can't we stop playing the game by their rules and make our own? Well, we can. But it will be a long uphill struggle against the habits of complacency, apathy, and ignorance. People need to be educated in more ways than one. Please keep up the good work, Gentlemen
Re: First Day of Protests, July 25th
27 Jul 2004
http://liesofbush.com/ Very good, Gentlemen, I suspect that we all agree, Bush Must Go!!! What Clinton did is another topic altogether. I am an Independent so I believe my point of view is untainted. The facts speak for themselves. Just visit my site for the facts. I also don’t think that getting rid of Bush is suddenly the savior of America, but I do think it’s a start. Your painkiller and ouch factor analogy is well put and a new one on me. I believe the determining factor in this election will be people like us if we follow Pyro’s advice and vote. And "not a terrorist" who has a somewhat pessimistic, yet nearly realistic point of view, will most likely try to offset the impending doom he predicts by contributing to the Democratic process. Alex asked in an earlier post: Why can't we have a decent country? Why can't we stop corporate globalization? Why can't we stop the death machine? Why can't we tell all these rich bastards who are killing us, our parents, our planet, and soon our children to f**k off? Why can't we stop playing the game by their rules and make our own? Well, we can. But it will be a long uphill struggle against the habits of complacency, apathy, and ignorance. People need to be educated in more ways than one. Please keep up the good work, Gentlemen
Re: First Day of Protests, July 25th
27 Jul 2004
http://liesofbush.com/ Very good, Gentlemen, I suspect that we all agree, Bush Must Go!!! What Clinton did is another topic altogether. I am an Independent so I believe my point of view is untainted. The facts speak for themselves. Just visit my site for the facts. I also don’t think that getting rid of Bush is suddenly the savior of America, but I do think it’s a start. Your painkiller and ouch factor analogy is well put and a new one on me. I believe the determining factor in this election will be people like us if we follow Pyro’s advice and vote. And "not a terrorist" who has a somewhat pessimistic, yet nearly realistic point of view, will most likely try to offset the impending doom he predicts by contributing to the Democratic process. Alex asked in an earlier post: Why can't we have a decent country? Why can't we stop corporate globalization? Why can't we stop the death machine? Why can't we tell all these rich bastards who are killing us, our parents, our planet, and soon our children to f**k off? Why can't we stop playing the game by their rules and make our own? Well, we can. But it will be a long uphill struggle against the habits of complacency, apathy, and ignorance. People need to be educated in more ways than one. Please keep up the good work, Gentlemen
Re: First Day of Protests, July 25th
27 Jul 2004
http://liesofbush.com/ Very good, Gentlemen, I suspect that we all agree, Bush Must Go!!! What Clinton did is another topic altogether. I am an Independent so I believe my point of view is untainted. The facts speak for themselves. Just visit my site for the facts. I also don’t think that getting rid of Bush is suddenly the savior of America, but I do think it’s a start. Your painkiller and ouch factor analogy is well put and a new one on me. I believe the determining factor in this election will be people like us if we follow Pyro’s advice and vote. And "not a terrorist" who has a somewhat pessimistic, yet nearly realistic point of view, will most likely try to offset the impending doom he predicts by contributing to the Democratic process. Alex asked in an earlier post: Why can't we have a decent country? Why can't we stop corporate globalization? Why can't we stop the death machine? Why can't we tell all these rich bastards who are killing us, our parents, our planet, and soon our children to f**k off? Why can't we stop playing the game by their rules and make our own? Well, we can. But it will be a long uphill struggle against the habits of complacency, apathy, and ignorance. People need to be educated in more ways than one. Please keep up the good work, Gentlemen
Re: First Day of Protests, July 25th
29 Jul 2004
Sorry folks, I didn't mean to triplicate that comment.
Re: First Day of Protests, July 25th
30 Jul 2004
Never mind, Church, it really hammers the point home :).
I'm Australian, but if I could change my nationality for a day to vote against George, I would.
Kerry won't solve the problems, but it's a start, and you've got to start somewhere.