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DNC 2 RNC Marches on!
03 Aug 2004
The DNC2RNC March is a 258 Mile Movement from The Boston Common to Madison Square Garden; stopping, rallying, and spreading resistance the entire way. The March left from the Common the day after the DNC ended, on July 30th. Nearly 90 people rallied at 9am, ate breakfast provided by Seeds of Peace, and held a circle chant where we all met each other by saying our names and having the group repeat it. At around ten in the morning the march was off. The police escorted and the first day had little tension.
The first night we slept at St. Susannes Church in Dedham, MA, ten miles from where we began. The day was hot and there were a couple mistakes, from lack of water co-ordination to staffing the support vehicles. But the march made it to the church where Seeds of Peace was preparing dinner. People sang songs and kicked the ball, chatted it up and started getting to know each other. The biggest irk of the day was the meeting at night. The meeting was facilitated by members of the RANT collective and the meeting started late, making it end even later.

The next day we got a bit of a late start, for another ten mile day. Some of us stayed behind with the support bicycles to help clean the church and the pastor there wrote a very nice letter of support for us. Today, the water was much more co-ordinated because we put it on a bike trailer and the trailer just leap frogged the march filling up water bottles every half mile or so.

This day, we were headed for Walpole. Walpole was a big issue because we faced pre-emptive threats from some locals. Some of us were scared, and rightfully. IT turned out to be not that big of a deal, the police and the people of Walpole were very accommodating. The city set us up in a town field just behind the police station in the center of town and when we arrived, they brought us a case of bottled water. A city council member also sent over a garbage can full of bottled water and non-corporate soda! Also, in the first hour of being there at least three cars of Walpoles citizens came by to wish us well and also donated us money!

The only time we saw the other side was when a group of motorcyclists stopped and stared at us for awhile before driving off and just before we were to sleep a few of them drove through the parking lot where Seeds of Peace was set up. But there was no confrontation and the next day we were off to walk some more.

The next day we were walking from Walpole to North Attleborough, MA…a fourteen mile day. The marchers perservered through a day of mostly light drizzles and at least an hour of heavy downpour. There was also a stop outside of Walpole prison where at political prisoner is being held. He wrote a statement in support of the march and got it to us before he was thrown in solitary confinement. In an act of solidarity the march stopped in fornt of the prison where many cops had rallied, did some street theatre and read the statement over the bullhorn which echoed far and wide. It was a pretty powerful statement and I wish I had the transcript. I think it is available on the DNC2RNC website.

So that was yesterday, last night we stayed at another church in North Attleborough that had a shower! This, after the fourteen mile day, was amazing. There were some private rooms where people could sleep a large hall for art making medics and other good stuff, and a smaller quiet room for sleeping. It was a pretty good night, although after three days I am feeling the fatigue and slept a good deal last night.

We have 25 more days to go, about 220 miles and we are going to make it. WE have been picking up people along the way (and losing some too), staying tight around 80 people, one support bus, four or five support cars and about ten support bicycles. IT is an amazing time.

Today we enter Providence, Rhode Island where we will have a rest day and a benefit show. I will try to post more regular updates as the opportunities to computers present themselves!

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Re: DNC 2 RNC Marches on!
03 Aug 2004
rock on! sounds awesome.
i'll be catching up with ya'll on Thursday and hopefully bringing in some reinforcements.
(anyone from Boston who wants a ride out to the march, contact me.)

Re: DNC 2 RNC Marches on!
04 Aug 2004
gaawd, what an amazing march! I wish I were with you! Here I am on the west coast. Power to the People!
George W. Bush PAID For Abortion In 1971!
04 Aug 2004
As I was watching DEMOCRACY NOW on Goodman was interviewing Larry Flynt. Mr. Flynt has proof of George W. Bush paying a woman for an abortion that she had back in 1971. He has the doctor's name. The woman's name. And four of the woman's friends that knew Dubya paid for the abortion! (What a hypocrite!) There's something to write on place cards in front of the RNC!
Spread the word!!!

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Statement from Jaan Karl Laaman
04 Aug 2004
Below is the statement that Jaan Karl Laaman wrote from inside the prison.

End The War!!!
Push Back The Police State!!!

Let me salute you all for being out here today. It is so important that we show the country and the world that many people in the u.s. hate this
war and the corresponding domestic police state that is getting stronger and taking ever more human and civil rights away from the public.

The Democrats came to Boston with their nomination show and in the process made parts of the city look like maximum security prison yards. Their so
called free speech zone with its multiple fences and razor wire, looks similiar to the recreation pen area of Walpole’s segregation unit. Just
for wanting to use the subway, people and their bags are being searched, name and identification are demanded. The prisoners behind these Walpole
walls are subjected to very similar policies.

America is being turned into a war and police state like never before. We must oppose and resist it.

Within actual prisons thing are getting worse too. Even the official governors commission that recently investigated the Massachusetts
Department of Corrections found serious problems, especially in the classification and disciplinary process. There are virtually no education
or training programs in Walpole, not even AA or Drug counseling.

As a political prisoner I've been repeatedly denied transfers and kept in a very locked down section of the prison for the pass 14 months. My
lovely girlfriend and women who helps me stay in touch with the world, has been barred from visiting me.

Needless to say, I would so Love to be on your side of these walls, so I could join you in your journey to New York City and the Republican
National Convention. I am speaking for all Political Prisoners when I say raise your voices even louder when you go to New York to oppose Bush, his wars and police state. And when you are marching, chanting, we ask you to carry our voices and hopes out there with you.

Freedom is a constant struggle...
Anti-Imperialist Political Prisoner
Jaan Karl Laaman.
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Re: DNC 2 RNC Marches on!
07 Aug 2004