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Fun In Boston
29 Jul 2004
Modified: 02:19:58 AM
Our first 60 hours at the DNC, several Independent actions, party crashing- lots of delegate/ congressional interaction- What a small pushy affinitty group can do.
We are having fun in Boston. It doesnt take masses to make a protest and to directly challenge power, just imagination and determination. Just 2 determined protesters with a couple add-on friends have humiliated, harrassed and challenged thousands. While most were party suckers or Democratic Party delegates or congress people., there was also a wharf full of democratic goveners and their families and funders. While there is a fine line between inspiring and boasting, here is what we've been up to.

We did more then 4 independent actions with a few [only once more then 6] people and had a lot of people seeing us. Blew off the Answer March. [Sorry,to any friends]

Did a two person demo in Cambridge where thousands loved us. (sort of) There was an immense street party and we decided to do massive outreach. Most of the responses to our message were positive - especially to the idea that there were no good alternatives. We responded that we need to change the system.

Wondering down the streets with our signs, we found the Massechusets delegation in the library and held signs and had lively conversations with delegates and security personel. A legal observer was sent and people on their way to the Convervence center stopped, made signs with some stuff we had gotten from CVS and helped us. There was great outreach to passersby and lots of interest in our signs. Janet Reno was intercepted and chased down the street which was kind of cool.

Many of the high level Democratic Party Committee Members were willing to have conversations as they left the library. When some of the more friendly were hit up for infomation, they helped. [Probably out of guilt- they hated that they were reduced to the "lesser of 2 evils" arguement.]

We then went to a big Clinton Party and 6 of us had held signs and had highly animated conversations with thousands of Clinton supporters and media idiots. Lots of hostility. Some of the debate proved thought provoking and somewhat fruitful, as one of the most fervant Democrat supporters was willing to have a great long discussion with actual exchange of ideas the next day. He even apoligized for getting in our face and threatening us. While we were there we made sure that Jerry Spinger and Rock the Vote people were duly harrassed. Terry McAuliffe was was loudly interupted every time he tried to grant an interview with corperate media.

In the Morning we protested with about 40 people at the so called free speech zone, (under the tracks and surrounded by fence and razor wire). We put on Abu Grahb style hoods and our "Guards) made us get on our knees and hop on one foot and variously humiliated us. We were in shorts and Jesse's knees still hurt from the pavement. This Got some national attention.

We had a very large free speech argument with some people from DC. We protested Mayor Williams [Of Course] and the undue political influence of Federal City Council and had a fun back and forth with security who kept kicking us out; then we would come back. City Council Member Fenty actualy was privately friendly to our little protest..

We went to a Hotel on the Wharf where the governors Ball was being held. Without going into specific tactics. Security pretty much trusted us after a few hours. Bork gave Jerry Springer a hard time for a while. We finally got past into the dance floor and unfurled out banners. Bork's said that Kerry = Bush and they both worked for the Rich. Mine said we don't need a president and had a large Anarchy sign. Our initial shout was "WE DON'T NEED A PRESIDENT, BOTH PARTIES WORK FOR THE RICH". Immediately, two people next to us, clinked their glasses and said, "Honey, We are the Rich". We shouted, argued and discussed till we were finally pushed out by security. It took them a little bit.

Public transportation was now closed so we slept on Boston Commons.

While we were at the Governors Ball we managed to scoop up tickets for another Party. We just came back from that party. It was full of Senators and Congressmen and people we've saw on TV and can't remember their names. Bob Kerry and several senators were presant; a couple of Kennedy's, a few from the house of representatives, plus lots of campaign financiers.

Bork was my wife and a young woman was our daughter, after about an hour of schmoozing with the rich and famous, eating their food and drinking their wine; Bork and I went down on our knees, put on hoods and hand bindings, and the Rose (our "daughter") shouted at everyone about democrat support for the war and how they need to "pull out now!" She did an articulate, loud, and fabulous job.

We were then forced to our feet by security and pushed out. We then unfurled our Baners just outside and started arguing and then discussing with Rich politiciens. I looked behind me and a large shaved-head fearsome looking Cop smiled slightly, and nodded his approval of what Iwe were saying. On the other hand an asshole hotel manager told us we stunk- because we drank their wine and ate their canapes. An ironic comment to Bork who has dedicated her life to feeding the homeless.

We went to the Commons, then returned after the "Rich people" left and met the hotel wait staff in the street. We apologized for any embarassment and passed out Black Tea Society flyers and the Indypendant. We thanked them for the way they had served us and for all the work they had done that night. They seemed to like us. One stated that she would stop by the convergance.

One more party to crash tonight on yet another tip from someone we just met..

We found the tucked away Bar where most of the big guys are going. We are now on our way....

It was Tuesday, we had only been in Boston for 60 hours.

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Re: Fun In Boston
29 Jul 2004
This is the only piece of good news I've read about the convention. Thanks for the great essay!
Re: Fun In Boston
29 Jul 2004
just a small example of the great stories emerging from this convergence...
Re: Fun In Boston
29 Jul 2004
Jessie and Bork:
You guys ROCK. Thank you
Re: Fun In Boston
29 Jul 2004
you guys are amzing--keep reporting! YESYESYES!!!
Re: Fun In Boston
29 Jul 2004
yes, i especially love the crashing of the rich parties!