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Commentary :: Organizing
attn: BAAM, et al
17 Mar 2006
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just pointing out that the co-chair of Boston Rosa Parks Human Rights Day is offering a speaker slot to anarchists.
I'm guessing few people saw this in the comments on your announcement post, so I'll repost it:

" Does the Anarchist network want a speaker for the March 18 Rally and March?

A space is available if you want it. Get back to me.

Tony Van Der Meer
Co-chair, Boston Rosa Parks Human Rights Day Committee

Tmenelik (at) yahoo.com"

Interesting proposition, and rather nice of them. I wouldn't suggest taking him up on the offer unless, say, one of you grew up in the neighborhoods in question, but I think the guy deserves a nice no thanks at the very least.
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http://www.brphrd.org

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Re: attn: BAAM, et al
17 Mar 2006
this is a very decent gesture from tony vdm and the organizing committee, to bridge one of the many gulfs between political groupings in boston. i think it's important, especially if anarchists have not been going to the organizing meetings (sounds like they haven't), to have someone say a few words. hopefully not an oppositional rant about how electoral politics is sellout or how workers world are evil, but maybe something sensible and constructive in the spirit of unity, and in recognition of the worldwide oppression our common enemy is using to attack all parts of the movement.

there is an open meeting to make banners and get ready tonight (friday) from 6pm on, at 76 atherton st in jp a couple blocks behind stony brook station. maybe interested people should go there to check things out and at least meet the organizers beforehand.

if anarchists have been participating in the organizing, maybe they should have the right of speaking, if they want? otherwise, a well-spoken and mature speaker preferably with good personal ties to the organizers. we know these people exist, just a matter of reaching out to them.

thanks for posting this verushka. as for your thought of declining unless the speaker "grew up in the neighborhoods in question" i'm pretty sure they don't dislike all anarchists, even white college kids from out of town :) it's just that some previous anarchist organizers have made silly errors despite good intentions, and some have just been plain offensive or thoughtless (like calling a march in roxbury without working with local organizers). and the march only starts in roxbury- from there it goes thru the south end to downtown. there will be many other speakers not from roxbury, so no worries. main thing is- an anarchist speaker who says something inspiring will go a long way towards smoothing frictions within this movement.
Re: attn: BAAM, et al
17 Mar 2006
As an Anarchist attending the event, I really hope everyone can at least pretend to get along. I'm willing to forget all the authoritarian crap I've gotten at past events (you know who you are) and start anew if it means there's any real chance at ending all the bickering that plagues the activist scene in Massachusetts more than anywhere else in the US (it seems). I just really don't want to end up marching behind a huge truck spouting plumes of black exhaust and Rage Against the Machine songs.
Re: attn: BAAM, et al
18 Mar 2006
A good offer--I hope that it was made well before this was posted the day before the march! Also, does Baam even still exist?