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Festival del Pueblo -- May 5 March Audio
08 May 2002
Modified: 08:38:03 PM
I talked to many people -- mostly spectators -- about what they thought of the march. Here are the better responses.
This is a series of brief encounters with participants and bystanders during this march. A group of about 300 started from the Roxbury Crossing train station in the working-class African-American neighborhood of Roxbury in Boston. They proceeded to a symbolic building occupation at the corner of Washington and Massachusetts, two major roads in the city. From there, a smaller contingent of marchers headed downtown to the posh shopping area of Newbury Street and on to the Boston Common.

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Festival del Pueblo -- May 5 March -- part 1 of 24
The first recording sets the scene as the march begins near police headquarters.
64 kbps -- mono
Duration: 1:05
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Festival del Pueblo -- May 5 March -- part 2
08 May 2002
Vermin Supreme explains to the public what the march is for.
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Duration: 0:20
Festival del Pueblo -- May 5 March -- 3 of 24
08 May 2002
One women in an apartment building expresses her support for those organizing against police brutality.
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Duration: 0:21
Festival del Pueblo -- May 5 March -- 4 of 24
08 May 2002
A teenager expresses his views about housing, imprisonment, and education.
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Duration: 0:31
Festival del Pueblo -- May 5 March -- 5 of 24
08 May 2002
Chant: "Homes not jails."
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Duration: 0:17
Festival del Pueblo -- May 5 March -- 6 of 24
08 May 2002
Report from the scene of the building occupation.
64 kbps -- mono
Duration: 0:54
Festival del Pueblo -- May 5 March -- 7 of 24
08 May 2002
A march participant on the importance of building coalitions and connections with people who aren't already activists.
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Duration: 0:58
Festival del Pueblo -- May 5 March -- 8 of 24
08 May 2002
A young man on Massachusetts Avenue expresses his appreciation and describes how to make such actions more inviting to people of color.
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Duration: 0:48
Festival del Pueblo -- May 5 March -- 9 of 24
08 May 2002
Another man is surprised by the notion of an anarchist festival.
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Duration: 0:32
Festival del Pueblo -- May 5 March -- 10 of 2
08 May 2002
A West Indian woman decries police brutality.
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Duration: 0:34
Festival del Pueblo -- May 5 March --11 of 24
08 May 2002
A student from the Berklee College of Music (Boston) and her friend are sad to hear they missed the festival.
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Duration: 0:37
Festival del Pueblo -- May 5 March --12 of 24
08 May 2002
Chant: "2-4-6-8 / Smash the police state."
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Duration: 0:17
Festival del Pueblo -- May 5 March --13 of 24
08 May 2002
Chant: "Direct action / People's revolution."
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Duration: 0:20

Comment: I think chants have limited effectiveness. In the case of the Newbury Street leg of the march, it didn't seem to help the audience understand what the marchers' issues were.

Why not have a rapper or two instead of only chants? How about call and response? How about filking (rewriting lyrics to well-known songs)? Whatever happened to those old songs from Joe Hill (and others)? There are creative alternatives. Mix it up!
Festival del Pueblo -- May 5 March --14 of 24
08 May 2002
A waitress on Newbury Street appears pleased to see people demonstrating.
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Duration: 0:23
Festival del Pueblo -- May 5 March --15 of 24
08 May 2002
A street flutist on his own experiance with social activism.
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Duration: 0:49
Festival del Pueblo -- May 5 March --16 of 24
08 May 2002
A spectator on Newbury Street describes ways to make the marchers' message more clear. She also describes her initial, nervous perception of the bloc.
64 kbps -- mono
Duration: 1:00
Festival del Pueblo -- May 5 March -- 17 of 2
08 May 2002
Chant: "Out of the boutiques and into the streets. (Homes not jails, Homes not jails)"
(This is a pretty good one, in my humble opinion.)
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Duration: 0:12
Festival del Pueblo -- May 5 March --18 of 24
08 May 2002
Two guys (who I plainly saw reading a banner about landlords) miss the message.
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Duration: 0:18
Festival del Pueblo -- May 5 March --19 of 24
08 May 2002
A description of some odd things on Newbury Street. Cops order people OFF the sidewalk (near the Brooks Brothers store) and ONTO the street. And a cop tosses a dropped walkie-talkie back to a marcher.
64 kbps -- mono
Duration: 0:57
Festival del Pueblo -- May 5 March --20 of 24
08 May 2002
A "People united / Pueblo unido" chant turns into a harangue against a bunch of corporate TV cameramen.
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Duration: 0:29
Festival del Pueblo -- May 5 March --21 of 24
08 May 2002
A boutique hippy/Traveller expresses her enjoyment of black flags over Boston.
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Duration: 0:17
Festival del Pueblo -- May 5 March --22 of 24
08 May 2002
A talk in the Boston Common with a man who is homeless and HIV positive.
64 kbps -- mono
Duration: 1:05
Festival del Pueblo -- May 5 March --23 of 24
08 May 2002
A marcher reviews the day's actions.
64 kbps -- mono
Duration: 0:54
Festival del Pueblo -- May 5 March --24 of 24
08 May 2002
Another marcher reviews the day's actions. She also describes the state of activism in her community, and identifies some important issues that our movements now face.
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Duration: 1:18