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News :: DNC
Anti-Prison/Police State March Account
26 Jul 2004
Modified: 10:53:27 PM
This is what i saw and heard today at the march.
I arrived in Boston Sunday evening after hitching a ride from a folk festival in NY to a bus station in Worchester. After a nice long sleep, I rolled out of bed around 9, showered and shaved my beard off (trying to not be as much of a target at demos that I usually am) and hopped on the T, forgetting breakfast. I arrived at the convergence space at around 11 or so, and after situating myself and figuring out what my next move was, I decided to go check out the rally at the Boston Commons.

After realizing I was going the wrong way down the street, I arrived at a somewhat disappointing scene, though not totally. There were perhaps a hundred people sitting sparsely on the grass listening to the speaker on stage talking about the PATRIOT Act. I had a seat, said no thank you to the RCP newspaper peddler, listened to a really good city council-member who knew his shit, and bumped into a friend who I had come to Boston with back in February for the noDNC consulta. Unforunately he had to leave during the march because of work obligations.

The march started probably around noon, 150-200 strong, and we wound our way through the streets of downtown Boston, much to the surprise of many of the affluent shoppers on the sidewalks. We chanted spiritedly some pretty new slogans and such like "It is not a crime to be a _____" (Arab, Muslim, anarchist, etc). Good shit. There were a couple instances where cops snagged one of our comrades, to which other marchers responded by surrounding the immediate area and chanting loudly, "let him go!" which they did both times. We made our way to the FleetCenter area where we had a rally in the middle of the street, refusing to go into the protest pen/internment camp.

After a brief, informal discussion, we (or rather those within earshot - not the majority of the march) decided to march to the FleetCenter to scope out the protest pen but not go into it, and then continue on to Government Center. As we approached, there were some dispute with the cops over their unwillingness to allow the bicyclists in the march, which were many, to proceed into the FleetCenter area. And so we stood still for 15 minutes or so with our people-powered-riding comrades until they mostly locked up their bikes, and then we proceeded to the fence where we chanted at and heckled those inside with fairly powerful indictments of the Democratic Party.

Eventually the march disbanded, rather than proceeding to the Government Center, where UJP would have a pro-Palestine rally at 5. Some folks stayed to converse with convention-goers and right-wing protesters.

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Re: Anti-Prison/Police State March Account
26 Jul 2004
Re: Anti-Prison/Police State March Account
27 Jul 2004
yeah this was kind of wack. this didn't even go over that well in the imc press. thanks black hoodie kids
Re: Anti-Prison/Police State March Account
27 Jul 2004
you gotta love the naysayers... someone is feeling the pressure!