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Announcement :: Organizing
8/23 4-6pm Protest the T bag searches!
22 Aug 2004
Modified: 05:12:13 PM
Protest on Monday, August 23, 4-6 pm at Downtown Crossing against T searches
I heard about this event through No Censorship Radio (88.1 fm Fridays 7-8 pm), and since nobody has publicized it on Indymedia, I figured that I should.
Standing Up for Your Rights

Tomorrow, Monday, August 23rd, from 4-6 pm the T Riders' Union is having a rally against the unconstitutional bag searches and "behavorial profiling" that the MBTA has declared it will go on using even though the Democratic National Convention is over. The MBTA said it is unable to continue the policy at this momement, but legally they can implement this practice whenever they choose to.
As reported by John Laidler, a Boston Globe correspondent, "The T Riders Union is a Roxbury-based group that advocates for Boston-area public transit users, particularly those from lower income communities whom it claims are relatively underserved and transit-dependent."
The rally will be held at Downtown Crossing, and as reported on No Censorship Radio, you can't miss them.
I believe there is going to be some street theater, as the T Riders' Union has used in the past. Feel free to bring signs or anything else you believe would help make the point.
See you in the streets!
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The T Can Pound Sand.
23 Aug 2004
I'll never ride the T again. They can check bags. But they can't stop punks from playing their bullshit music. Or packin'...Real dumb!
I'll walk or drive.
Re: Standing Up for Your Rights
23 Aug 2004
yeah too bad the rest of us still have to ride it, because we have to go to work every day and don't have a fucking car.

Listen, dumbass, a boycott completely undermines the entire point of public transit. Mass transit is only as good as effective public demands for it. The T Riders Union has the right idea.
Re: Standing Up for Your Rights
23 Aug 2004
it is too bad that they are pulling this on public transportation, among the fare raises. I think an all out boycott is impossible for mj's reasons, though been there (and anyone else who can) should boycott, because it means a loss of renvenue for the MBTA. Been there- walk, because the problem with this is that public transportation is the cheapest, most eco-friendly way to travel, except walking or biking, so I say walk!
Re: Standing Up for Your Rights
23 Aug 2004
The only dumbasses I see? Are the "terrorist" T cops! Who cry the sky is falling, to pull their Nazi shit, and check bags.
The only reason I won't ride the T? I can't stomach the bullshit boomboxes!
Re: 8/23 4-6pm Protest the T bag searches!
24 Aug 2004
How did the three of you make out?
Re: 8/23 4-6pm Protest the T bag searches!
25 Aug 2004
I couldn't make it, but


50 protest MBTA search policy
Some say it leads to racial profiling
By Martha Bartle, Globe Correspondent
August 24, 2004

Nearly 50 people, including organizers from the T Riders Union, rallied at Downtown Crossing yesterday to continue railing against the MBTA's bag-screening policy, which they contend violates the Fourth Amendment and subjects passengers to racial profiling.

Protesters rallied around 17-year-old Fitchburg High School student Hala Saddeh, who says she was pulled off a commuter rail train during last month's Democratic National Convention while on her way to class at Tufts University, because she was wearing a head scarf, a common practice for Muslim women.


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