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Any news on Saturday's rally in Boston?
26 Sep 2005
There was an anti-war rally in Boston on Saturday, right? How did it go? Any news?
There was an anti-war rally in Boston on Saturday, right? How did it go? Any news?

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Re: Any news on Saturday's rally in Boston?
26 Sep 2005
It was actually a pretty good turnout when you compare it to the turn-outs at recent demos. Some of the speeches kinda sucked (sorry, I couldn't think of a better or more descriptive adjective) and were abit long winded.

I thought Dan "The Bagelman" Kontoff did give a pretty good speech about getting out and voting. Hopefully people payed attention. Ok, 'nuff said.
Re: Any news on Saturday's rally in Boston?
26 Sep 2005
i wasn't there but i heard they didn't even march?
Re: Any news on Saturday's rally in Boston?
26 Sep 2005
I did stay that long after Dan K spoke, so I don't know if there was a march. A whole bunch of people were taking pictures though.
Re: Any news on Saturday's rally in Boston?
26 Sep 2005
It was a handful of liberals standing in a circle cheering each other and their projects. A huge circle jerk if you ask me. Didn't see much interaction with people who weren't there to boost their egos. Kinda raises the question if liberals are actually concerned about war, or just into self actualization and meeting some unspoken social defecit.

People need to be less focused on centralized protests (why the fuckwaste millions of dollars going to DC to accomplish jack shit, when that could fund dozens of say, community centers at home????) and more on organizing in their neighborhoods. Don't bother to travel, even if just downtown, to meet likeminded people - spread ideas and create likeminded people in your own neighborhood/work/school. Defenitely a major downside of the reliance on long-distance based communication.
Re: Any news on Saturday's rally in Boston?
26 Sep 2005
I was there afterwards. I noticed a small crowd made the connection and wandered over to the army recruitment center doing business across the street. Mostly the radical youth alliance. It was kind of a shame that the teenagers were the only ones willing to confront the war machine directly.

I really agree with the guy who said going to protests is a waste of resources. A friend of mine down in DC (who gets to fly standby) said it was pretty disappointing. She's produced a great article about it though http://www.bigmuddyimc.org/feature/display/2191/index.php

The more I dig into what is actually going down in Boston the more I see need for concerted action here. And soooo many college and other white activists have very little connection to it (our town). I think it has a lot to do with the fact that the tactics aren't as fun, they actually involve responsibility and commitment, and hard work!

Somehow those of us who are seeing this local need have to communicate it to other folks. Either that or people need to look deeper at the situation here on the home front, and be ready to roll up their sleeves and put their backs into it.
Re: Any news on Saturday's rally in Boston?
28 Sep 2005
I agree. Social reformers used to be viewed as upstanding members of society. Everyone knew they could trust them, even if they didn't always agree with their ideals. Look at todays activists. A bunch of irresponisble kids.