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Peace March In Boston (english)
05 Oct 2002
Modified: 08 Oct 2002
a summary of the peace march and rally in boston october 4th at 6 pm
All right then. if no one else will elaborate....I met up wtih people from my building at around 5, and we headed out to the Old Northern Avenue Bridge, where the rally said to meet at 6. This info was from Justice With Peace, or www.justicewithpeace.org. Upon arriving about 545, there was a moderately sized crowd, all along the street, spread thin so more drivers could see more signs. Such as, No blood for oil, no unilateral war, etc. About 615ish, the mass had swelled greatly. At this stage, I was greatly inpressed by the mix of people. Old, young, middle aged, there was a far greater variety of protesters than at protest I usually go to. This is telling how unpopular this war is with EVERYONE. So several speakers then talked for about 30 minutes or so, and at several moments, people didn't know whether to cheer or boo a comment(such as Bush is....etc) which was entertaining. So far it had been a very well run and impressive rally. And then the march began. It was massive. We walked down state street to the common, flanked all the time by police and random onlookers, most of whom cheered us on. The march honestly kept getting bigger, I think people joined it as it passed them. Finally reaching the common, we crossed it from park st to down by boylston st.( i think) and listened to a few more speakers. At this point, some tactless marchers got impatient, and kind of forced the issue of marching, and interrupted the speakers. It was ok though, and the march took off down newbury st. That was an impressive moment, Newbury St friday night filled with people protesting war. Upon reaching Dartmouth St, we turned, and kind of rounded up at Copley. This was the stage it kind of fell apart, at least the group i was part of, as we could no longer tell where anyone was marching. There was a kind of celebration on the steps of Trinity Church. And then I walked home to Kenmore Sq. All in all, one of the most impressive rallies I have ever been to, and one that gave me hope for the future of the peace movement. -Dave
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Copley was not the end (english)
05 Oct 2002
In short, the rest goes as follows: At Copley, we took off, went back through Newbury st., continued on through Cambridge, culminating in Harvard Sq. with dancing (complete with conga line) and some short comments. By then the amount of people had diminished quite a bit from the original numbers, but the energy was incredible and still going strong. -gwen.
Whose streets? Our streets (sort of) (english)
06 Oct 2002
I was one of the "tactless marchers" who "forced the issue of marching", and to be fair, given that I hadn't taken part in organizing the march, we could have probably found a more "tactful" way of forcing the issue. But I frankly thought that having speakers in the middle of a dark and deserted park preaching to the converted was, from Bush & Co.'s point of view, the next best thing to not having a rally at all.

But all's well what ends well, and the march down Newbury street (or was it Beacon street?), was indeed impressive (alas, all we got from the Boston Globe was a couple of paragraphs deep down an article on Bush's and Gore's visit, and a riducolous estimate of 300 taking part in the protest).

Sunday's events, again organized by Justice With Peace (I'm in their mailing list, and I encourage you to do the same: www.justicewithpeace.org) promise to be as worth attending. There will be a talk by Kathy Kelly, coordinator of Voices in the Wilderness, at 10:45am at the Community Church of Boston 565 Boylston Street, Copley Square. And at 1pm there will be another march from Copley Square to JFK building and Faneuil Hall. Bring leaflets and your most convincing arguments against the war.
another account (english)
06 Oct 2002
Well, I would post photos but I didn't shoot any, since the rally was in the dark basically. I know there was a daytime rally but I wasn't at it. Anyway, I'd estimate numbers at somewhere up to 1,000 -- but many of them the same old crowd you expect to see at any Boston demo or protest. The same sometimes-inspiring, sometimes-dysfunctional pseudo-family. Lots of signs like "Bush PLEASE use your power to work for peace, not war" and pleas like this. Favorite signs: "Regime Change in Washington" and "Want Peace? Smash Empire." A middlin'-sized anarchist presence with kercheifs to foil police surveillance cameras. Some conflict whether those who appear in blac bloc style dress should be "allowed" to march with the rest of the group or not, by self-declared organizers of the event. I left after we got to the Commons and there was a drum circle in a gazebo. Don't get me wrong -- I think drum circles are okay, but I don't think they will somehow emanate positive vibes and stop the war machine gods, and the whole liberal schtick of asking the powers-that-be to stop making wars just got me feeling hopeless... anyway, there's the rally through another subjective consciousness. Sorry about not having pictures. Whoever posted pictures made them about 600K in size -- hint: you can make them aroun 30 to 60K and they still look great. I apprecaite them nonetheless. -Sage
Tactless Marchers! (english)
06 Oct 2002
The "tactless marchers" took the city by storm. Brought the message to several thousand more people and had possibly hundreds of onlookers join us in marching, chanting, singing and dancing all the way from Copley to Harvard Square.

"We're not gonna' take it, no we aint gonna take it
we're not gonna take it ... racist war"
The drum circle (english)
06 Oct 2002
Actually, to whoever mentioned the drum circle on the common bandstand, I joined in for a while, and then found out, it had nothing to do with the protest. It was actually a memorial service for a girl who had recently passed away. Who knew? Not me, until I had been drumming for a half hour.
Drum Circle (english)
07 Oct 2002
Sorry about making the assumption about the drum circle. Thanks for posting the correction.
tactless (english)
08 Oct 2002
yeah, the tactless comment was a bit..tactless. i know i know..it was just more I was trying to listen to what they had to say, and couldn't..so i was still a little annoyed when i wrote my summary. i like marching as well tho....-dave