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Festival de Pueblo (building liberation 1)
05 May 2002
Modified: 12 May 2002
Here's a Kodak moment from the building liberation that ocurred on part of the Festival de Pueblo march. (small story added)
Here's a Kodak moment from the building liberation that ocurred on part of the Festival de Pueblo march. (small story added)
Here are photos from the march which included the liberation of an abandoned building at the corner of Washington St. and Mass. Ave and a continuation of the march down Newbury St. which ended at the Boston Commons.

The march recieved support and waves from locals within the Roxbury neighborhoods and also recieved quite a few, "who the hell are these people?" looks from the folks on Newbury St.

The brief occupation of the building on Washington St. was in part to bring attention to the insane housing costs of Boston and to focus the march on the issues of housing for everyone (not jails).
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05 May 2002
maybe it's not a "kodak moment" I don't know if they indorse this kind of "moment".
mas info por favor
05 May 2002
So did you guys hold the building?
Are folks still squatting it?
How 'bout the march?
How did the police take it?
Good luck and solidarity,
Play it again Sam?
05 May 2002
Gee that looks familiar, wasnt that bldg occupied in 1998 too? The neighborhood was scorning the slumming white suburban kidz then, are they any happier now?

R u baffled why the people of color in that neighborhood have and want nothing to do with those kidz?

Who wants to be a part of the punkrock clubhouse?
06 May 2002
This building was held today in Boston and was accompanied with a crowd not seen here. After this picture was taken 3 huge banners were rolled out of the windows, one saying "Evict the rich for a change" along with lots of confetti and drumming. The entire march didn't seem expected at all by the cops and we directed ourselves and made them run around trying to protect their precious Niketown windows and millionaires shopping in boutiques. All in all it was a beautiful and glorious day.
reply to Been There
06 May 2002
I see Been There's point, the Anarchist movement looks all too white and male. I doubt they intend for it to be that way since they stand behind the marginalized, but it just is that way and I wonder why...maybe because modern western anarchy came from Europe? Beats me...

I find anarchy intriguing but more out of reach than socialism, more of a pipe dream and sometimes smacking of violence. Anyone care to put a different light on this subject?
Re: Play it again Sam?
06 May 2002
For the record, this particular building was chosen because it is on the frontlines of gentrification. Property values have leaped dramatically since the announcement to bring the silver line to Washington Street, with South End yuppies playing the role of settlers in the traditionally black and latino neighborhoods west of Mass. Ave.

It was planned as a symbolic action to bring light to both the housing crisis and widespread gentrification in Boston.
If there were plans to hold on to this building, alot more planning would have gone into establishing ties with the immediate community.
Re: Been There
06 May 2002

To ignore BeenThere's point is to do a great disservice to the movement. I was at the march, and yes it WAS a bunch of white kids marching through poorer neigbhorhoods.

I even saw some people waving to people who came out of their buildings, encouraging them to join the march. This is where I had a problem. That organizing should have happened *before* the march, not during it.

Put yourself in their shoes. First, if you're not white and you march in the street without a permit, is that a safe thing for you to do? Add to that chants of "2,4,6,8 Fuck the police State". To not recognize our white privelege here is to kill the movement.

We *could* say that with extremely minimal risk of getting beaten for it. Could other people of different skin tones?

And something I did not fully understand about the action pictured above: There was a beauty supply store on the corner below the windows. How then, is it an abandoned building?
Anarchism and Race
06 May 2002
The North American anarchist movement has been dominated by white people for a long time, but that is changing pretty rapidly these days. It may have happened that this action involved mostly white anarchists (the critics who raise these concerns always disappear people of color who participate in these actions), but that is simply another thing that needs to be changed. Most left groups woul solve it by recruiting more people of color into the group. But anarchists do thing differently and anarchist groups in several cities are making good progress building ally relationships with community organizations dominated by people of color.

Hey, it's easy to throw the word "white privilege" around, especially if you are a white activist. It's more constructive to point out examples of what could be done differently.

If any of you posters are white non-anarchist leftists who are using this opportunity to trash talk anarchists, you better have fun while you can because we're all over this "race intervention" crap that you scumbags do.
06 May 2002
I am writing to report my perception of Sunday's march which I witnessed while shopping on Newbury St. I guess I am one of the bewildered, "millionaire" shoppers someone in the march commented on seeing. While it is true that I was confused, I am hardly a millionaire. I am interested in the plight of the march, but was unable to discern your message as the croud of people enveloped me. In the future I suggest finding a clear way to communicate your message. I feel that most people are sympathetic to the changes you wish to see, but may be less vocal in their concerns. Perhaps a message that can be easily understood would bring together more like-minded people.
response to Chuck0
06 May 2002
I'm not a white non-anarchist leftist, I'm a black woman socialist. And what's "'race intervention' crap"? Please explain this to me honestly I have no clue what you're talking about.

I think one thing about the anarchist movement (and socialist movement to a degree) is that maybe it's a stretch for people of color and poor people. In the US when you're working class you work and work and you hardly have any time to spend with your family let alone go to teach ins and marches. And with a march screaming 2,4,6,8 fuck the police state who wants to enter into something risky like that when your racial group during the Civil Rights Movement had to combat dismissals of their cause that accused them of being marxists and also when you are just making enough to support your family and can't afford getting arrested. Maybe all these leftist movements (and those completely off the political spectrum) need to consider establishing a means of support for their marginalized comrades so we don't get marginalized within our own struggle.
support systems for the marginalized
06 May 2002
it is certainly true that support systems need to be established to allow non-white, non-priviledged people to join in the normal functions of life (let alone vociferous demonstrations). in fact, many of the larger anarchist organizations are currently involved in establishing those support systems. the dc acc seems to have spent a good amount of time on local issues and construction of a local political community--also see for an extensive list of organizations that work to support immigrants and other marginalized groups. with support, the work these groups have committed to will hopefully bring us into a world where people on the corner can hop into a march regardless of their race.
RE been there
07 May 2002
Hey Been there, how good of you to point out this same
building had some kind of action in the past. You are so cool. Your comments remind of high school when that one kid who could never really hold on to any freinds would always whine about what other people were doing, and spend hours brooding over different ways to discredit people who were actually doing something. Grow up.
White, often middle class, usually punk anarchists being the core of the movement has been critisized for a while now, as it should be. But is this all you do? Just play around on the internet and complain about other actions?
Do you know the south end at all?
I never really have time to check out internet sites, because I work. But comments like yours really turn people away. It is not constructive critisism, it is a petty attempt to be condescending and self-gratifying.
a good start
08 May 2002
I also am saddened to hear that the organizers may not do FDP again next year. I came away from it thinking, "It definitely needs work, but it's a good start."

I do want to thank the organizers for putting in so much time and effort. I know from personal experience how hard it is to organize large events. And of course it's easy for those who didn't help with the planning to sit back and criticize and that can be really disheartening.

That said, I do agree with a lot of the constructive criticisms: the march on Sunday should have been more welcoming and there absolutely should have been someone handing out fliers. I served as a medic and I can't tell you how many times people on the sidewalk asked me what this was all about. And chants aren't enough: half the time I couldn't even understand what was being chanted. Another thing I noticed: a lot of the banners got hidden behind parked cars during parts of the march, especially on Newbury Street. A note to banner-carriers in the future: try to have your banner on poles which can be raised up to clear any obstacles in the way.

I think the FDP participation in the Wake Up The Earth Festival was really good, though, although it was kind of segregated into one area of the park. I agree with the person who posted about watching the pinata - that was really fun. I wish the anarchists had had a bigger presence in the march beforehand. There was a group of us, including a contingent of drummers in spiffy orange and black outfits with a tiger motif, but there should have been more. This movement is capable of such wonderful creativity I was disappointed not to see more of it there.

I hope that the organizers will reconsider the decision to not plan anything for next year, and instead scale down, think about what worked, what could work better, and try to plan accordingly. Maybe have a bookfair with some speakers and encourage folks to participate more in the Wake Up the Earth march and festival, where we can actually talk to people and share information and play with kids, and drop some of the events and activities that didn't work out so well. I think that being very visable in our communities is one of the best things anarchists can do now. We need to build those connections, and I think continued paritipation in community events like that, along with working with local groups, is a great way to do it.
in solidarity
08 May 2002
yes i agree w/ much of what's been said, BUT:

as (I'm pretty sure) the only fdp participant attending w/ multiple children, I thought it was a grand thing that childcare was brought up to begin with, when none of the organizers (to my knowledge) are parents...I thought it was wonderful that there was an anti-authoritarian parenting workshop which overflowed, when only half a dozen of us had girls came to the tournament on friday, & ran across the field mid-game more than once...each time, a "children on the field" cry went up, & the game stopped, with no nasty looks or attitude...yay! for anarchist soccer!!

...of course it would have been even better had there been more fdp participants volunteering within the Wake Up the Earth festival (which is 24 years old, in case anyone isn't aware)...the woman we stayed with has been a participant & organizer of it for years, and she only found out about fdp a short time before.

The only way we will be able to change the way of the world is through COMMUNITY, and we cannot come to community without communication. I know I personally did not contribute all I could have to fdp. That is mainly because there was a new kids on the black block secret handshake society atmosphere enveloping it, & so I backed off a bit rather than intrude. (my own mistake to some degree...I heard Errol Maitland say, "we had to Insinuate ourselves," a while ago, and that phrase is becoming more dear to me each day)

I am aware of security culture, but there are many, many people ready to ditch their apathy & fear, and actively join in the struggle, and many more who are already allies...

Monday morning I was wandering around Boston, and hung out for awhile with someone who was sweeping up butts on the sidewalk. He'd been in the Hunger Walk, & had seen the march. We had a really connective had seemed on Sunday that we came very close to joining up w/ them...maybe next time...

& then a guy came over & offered me his last strawberry. It was the first thing I'd eaten that morning, and was glorious...we'd barely started talking when he started saying that capitalism is just wrong...he drives bus tours around for a living, & is prob'ly mid 50's.

It is long past time for a change, & there aren't many who don't know that, on some level at least!

I told fdp childcare directly, but want to say it louder: events are damn difficult to organize, & at least the effort was made to pull it together...

I'm volunteering now to help w/ next year.
don't discount a core of the movement
12 May 2002
anarcho-punks make up a staple of this movement whether it be black block tactics or community organizing. of course community outreach and obtaining more diversity are critical, but don't critize white middle class anarcho-punks for being what they are. if you feel alianated because you don't dress the same way, it doesn't mean you need to try and alianate them. it's depressing to hear radicals or leftests or whatever acting like punks are deviants who are somehow less qualified to associate with poorer/immigrant groups.