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News :: Politics
Police Shutdown Leftist Lounge Party around 3:30/4:00am
07 Aug 2004
Modified: 09:30:06 PM
Police cut short Leftist Lounge event @ the Community Church space across from Copley
Despite the early ending caused by the police, last night's Leftist Lounge event was off-the-hook. The same space that hosted IMC and Black Tea last week during the DNC was packed with a diverse crowd of upbeat party-goers. The walls were covered with political graphics paying tribute to folks like Edward Said, Leila Khalid and Assata Shakur to name a few. There was non-stop dancing while on both floors (but especially the main floor) while the DJs spun everything from hip-hop(both old school and from today)to latin to arabic to dancehall to house. Even though the police broke things up fairly late (at least by club standards in Boston) the party was still raging and energy was still live. As far as I know things went peacefully though I left just as most people poured out and have no idea if there was any conflict afterwords. All in all the party was fresh and hopefully nothing got messed up regarding future LLevents at that space. I wonder if the fact that the cops had constant surveillence of the same space all last week during the DNC had anything to do with their visit early this morning?

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Re: Police Shutdown Leftist Lounge Party around 3:30/4:00am
08 Aug 2004
that event sounds really cool, i wish i could have gone but it seems not to have been announced anywhere...
Re: Police Shutdown Leftist Lounge Party around 3:30/4:00am
08 Aug 2004
Leftist Lounge is not announced on the "usual" list bec. we strive to have a crowd that represents the demographics of Boston. Not the demographics of Act-ma or Boston Indymedia. We promote at Critical Breakdown, Soul Revival, Foundation shows and the like. If you attend these events you'll hear about Leftist Lounge every time.
Re: Police Shutdown Leftist Lounge Party around 3:30/4:00am
08 Aug 2004
The po-po are allegedly chaging one of the party planners with "Running a disorderly house", which is a misdemeanor from the 1800's generally used against brothels. No one was arrested at the event but the Sgt. promised to issue a court summons to at least one individual. If you want to support Leftist Lounge please stay tuned to for specific information and court dates and the like.
Re: Police Shutdown Leftist Lounge Party around 3:30/4:00am
09 Aug 2004
Leftist Pounge is a great event, but sometimes it comes off feeling politically shallow.

A few pictures of revolutionaries on the walls doesn't really do much in the way of promoting political self-education in our communities.

Not to say that Socialist paper-peddling by affluent, white students does either.

But it might make sense to offer some free literature at these event, or else a reading list of various important revolutionary authors (Fanon, Assata, Malcolm, Bakunin, Marx,. Emma Goldman, Che, etc.) to encourage people to check out once they recover from a night of drinking and dancing?

Just a thought.
Re: Police Shutdown Leftist Lounge Party around 3:30/4:00am
09 Aug 2004
Leftist Lounge gathers hundreds of activists and potential activists in a setting filled with revolutionary art. We are not going to convert hundreds of people in one night. It is one of the most representative (racially and class-wise) politically related events in Boston.

Unless "small criticism" has a better idea?
Re: Police Shutdown Leftist Lounge Party around 3:30/4:00am
10 Aug 2004
About Small Criticisms comment. We have had long discusstions about how to raises the political content of the LLP over the last year. It is a difficult step. We want to make activism attractive and cool. I know that lots of young anarchist punks think that is already cool but in lots of communities of color it is not. At the LLP we are NOT primarly catering to the groups that read Bakunin to be cool. I mean is this seriously a suggestion to had out a reading list at a party? What the hell kind of backwards recruiting technique is that? We see the LLP as a first step for a lot of people. That there are activist out there and they are not all teva wearing vegans, or spikey haired punks, but come in a spectrum. I seriously want to hear about real suggestions about how we can get people on the next level of activism after attending a LLP. By the way we did have a group of African radicals selling tshirt dipicting historic african radicals (Kuhruma, Biko, Lumumba, Winne Mandela, Dedan Kimathi, Thomas Sankara and Cabral) ok so that might be crass and commercial but one step at a time aigth? We also did have litrature on the Young Lords and other flyers. We also encouraged attendees to bring their own lit. It is a work in progress. And it progress has been good so far. By the way there were 660+ people. One of our more pressing goals in keeping a high proportion of people of color and honestly that is a higher goal then increasing political content although that is our 2nd goal.
Re: Police Shutdown Leftist Lounge Party around 3:30/4:00am
10 Aug 2004
Definitely not an easy step going to the next level of political self-education and consciousness raising. Too much blatant politic-pushing can be a turn off, and defeat the whole point of something like LLP.

Like I said above, a good step forward from art and t-shirts could be something like a suggested reading list. Maybe mix some art and quotes from revolutionaries on a free, nicely designed hand-out, and than have the books that the quotes were lifted from listed at the bottom in small print. Maybe even go beyond that and encourage people to form study or reading groups, with easy instructions for how you could pull something like that together.

I think it is a mistake to put political development below outreach in terms of immediate goals, and I don't see why one should be seperated from the other.