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Announcement :: Social Welfare
2nd Annual MA March to Abolish Poverty
20 Jun 2005
Modified: 05:39:12 PM
MA Green-Rainbow Party, the Economic Human Rights Project and Sisters Together Ending Poverty are underway with the Second Annual March to Abolish Poverty in Massachsetts.
Please support the Second Annual March To Abolish Poverty across the lowest income areas of Massachusetts. The MA Green-Rainbow Party along with the Economic Human Rights Project and Sisters Together Ending Poverty have joined together to shed light on the root causes of poverty by marching through MA communities, especially those affected worst by economic inequality.

As poverty worsens here and across the US, join us as we march from Juneteenth (end of slavery) to Independence Day (remembering our right to overthrow an oppressive government). We pick up the torch not only of the Poor People's March (that Martin Luther King, Jr. was organizing when assassinated), but of the movement that ended legal slavery. We will organize and end poverty and economic slavery.

"I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today . . . my own government . . . I'm convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values . . . When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, militarism and economic exploitation are incapable of being conquered . . ."

— Martin Luther King Jr., April 4, 1967

On June 17, 2005, we will begin our march against poverty across the Commonwealth. We will demand that the citizens and residents of Massachusetts become a "commonwealth", a state where our common wealth will be shared equitably and justly. This march will culminate in Boston, our state's capital and largest city, on July 3 & 4.

Who are we?

We are the New Abolitionists and we announce the birth of a new campaign. This campaign will begin in this state and we hope to inspire the spread of this movement across the country and around the world. Our campaign will abolish poverty, defeat the forces of "racism, militarism and economic exploitation" and to get on the "right side of the world revolution" and create a world we all can live together, as sisters and brothers, and live in peace with economic and social justice.

We invite you to join us!

There are many ways to help and many opportunities around the state for our voices to be heard. We are still organizing marchers, sponsors for marchers, rallies, potlucks, fundraising events and more, please come join us for this event!

March To Abolish Poverty Schedule:

6/17 Hyannis
6/18 Falmouth/New Bedford
6/19 Fall River/Taunton
6/20 Southbridge/Sturbridge/Brockton
6/21 Ware/Warren
6/22 Holyoke/Springfield
6/23 S. Berkshires/Pittsfield
6/24 N. Adams/Greenfield
6/25 Amherst/Northampton
6/26 Montague/Orange
6/27 Worcester/Fitchburg
6/28 Lowell/Lawrence
6/29 Salem/Lynn
6/30 Chelsea
7/1 Somerville
7/2 Cambridge
7/3 Boston
7/4 Final Protest

Please contact us and let me know if you are interested in helping out this year.


Brian O'Connell, 617-947-8983
vinniechops (at)

Lisa Richards, 508-333-2394
abolishpoverty (at)
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Boston Schedule SUN 7/3
21 Jun 2005
March to Abolish Poverty events in Boston

Sunday, July 3, 2004:

12:30 p.m.
Prayer Circle, 12th Baptist Church (where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. served), 160 Warren Street, Roxbury.

1:30 p.m.
Health Care for All; speak-out near Boston Medical Center, Massachusetts Ave. and Albany St.

2:30 p.m.
Affordable Housing protest; Stop Section 8 cuts and other restrictions; 79 East Canton Street, South End. Tie-in with Tent City 2005 in Franklin Park to illustrate the plight of the un-housed and ill-housed.

3:30 p.m.
Rally for a Future Without the BU Bio-Terrorist Lab; protest this dangerous invasion by the military-industrial complex at the expense of our communities’ health and wellbeing. Blackstone Park, South End.

6 to 9 p.m.
People’s Hearing: No Work and Unpaid Work. Unemployment, few summer jobs, illegally denied wages, welfare work requirements: reasons why so many of us are not making it! Franklin Park Tent City, Roxbury.

"Welcome to Your Future" – Tent City 2005 in Franklin Park to illustrate the plight of the un-housed and ill-housed.

Monday, July 4, 2004

3 to 6 p.m.
Our "Declaration of Interdependence." Franklin Park Tent City. Barbeque and celebration of our spirit of struggle. Information tables, music, sharing.

Dottie Stevens: 617-298-7311
Chuck Turner: 617-635-3510
March phone: 617-642-0310