[act-ma] 8/19 Saturday--Boston March and Rally to oppose White Supremacy and Stand for Solidarity
cwelch at tecschange.org
Fri Aug 18 10:26:23 PDT 2017
Two different actions that will apparently merge together at some point
on the Common!
11K Signed up on facebook for this one.
*10:00 AM M**arch from the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center
<https://www.facebook.com/RLTAC/> (**Roxbury Community College (RCC),
1350 Tremont Street) to Boston Common
*Noon: Rally Boston Common*
The organizers write:
On Saturday, August 19th, White Nationalists are converging on Boston
Common to reinforce their white supremacist ideology and attempt to
intimidate queer and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, POC) communities.
As we have seen with the events in Charlottesville and around the
country, white nationalists are emboldened by the current political
administration and growing police state. Rallies and marches organized
by white supremacists are more prevalent than in recent years, and—as
always—it is the most marginalized who are left vulnerable.
Walk with us as we marchand Rally for Black Lives, LGBTQI Lives,
Indigenous Lives, Palestinian Lives, Cape Verde Lives, Latinx Lives,
Jewish Lives, and all who are marginalized! We will meet in front of the
Reggie Lewis Athletic Center at 10am before marching to Boston Commons
to demand justice and stand in defiance of white supremacy.
Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/165697793990647/
There are 3.8K people signed up for this rally below.
*Stand for Solidarity* is a counter demonstrative rally in response to
the August 19th “Free Speech Rally” called by a coalition of white
nationalist organizations. Our coalition believes that it is crucial to
not only vocally oppose these grass-roots led, far-right mobilizations,
but that local communities must unite to resist the ways that white
supremacist ideologies are validated, re-enforced and perpetuated by
legislation and policy on a state and local level. We have assembled a
list of actionable demands and have invited a series of speakers from
organizations involved in the local struggle against white supremacy to
speak about how individuals can get involved in these initiatives
happening in their communities. This coalition does not advocate for the
use of violence as an
offensive tactic during this demonstration. We respect the bodily
autonomy of individuals to defend themselves if physically attacked.
This coalition has called this action as an imperative gesture that our
community will not tolerate the growing emboldenment of the White
Nationalist far right and the ideologies they support. We have also
called this demonstration as an indictment of state sanctioned racism
and white supremacy as laid out in our demands
Saturday, August 19
11:00am - 4:00pm
Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133
ANSWER Coalition Boston
Boston Party for Socialism and Liberation
Boston Democratic Socialists of America (http://www.dsaboston.org/
Coalition to Organize and Mobilize Boston Against Trump
Answer Coalition Boston <https://www.facebook.com/AnswerBoston/>
Boston Democratic Socialists of America
We Unite Organization, Inc.
PSL Boston - Party for Socialism and Liberation
Youth Action March <https://www.facebook.com/youthactionmarch/>
ACT UP Boston <https://www.facebook.com/actupboston/>
Boston May Day Coalition <https://www.facebook.com/bostonmdc/>
Massachusetts Interfaith Worker Justice <https://www.facebook.com/Mass.IWJ/>
Our Revolution Cambridge <https://www.facebook.com/ourrevolutioncambridge/>
PHENOM (Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts)
Boston Socialist Party
Greater Worcester Our Revolution <https://www.facebook.com/ORWorcester/>
Mass Action Against Police Brutality <https://www.facebook.com/maapb617/>
Please message the event hosts if your group or organization would like
to endorse this action.
***STATEMENT OF PURPOSE***
“On August 12th news broke that a white supremacist rally held in
Charlottesville, Virginia. As Confederate monuments begin to topple and
get slated to be taken down, far right-wing groups and tendencies have
surfaced to oppose this. They want to maintain the legacy of slavery and
defend white supremacy.
We salute the thousands who are in the streets who have put their bodies
on the line to say “No pasarán” — they shall not pass. The fascist
rally, numbering around 500, was broken up by thousands of
counter-protesters and prevented from marching on several occasions. The
fascists then resorted to using their cars. They rammed into protesters
who gathered to stop the white supremacists from marching to a
majority-Black housing project.
White supremacists represent nothing but terror and violence in the
United States. They are not a mere political or ideological current.
Their growth poses a mortal threat to Black, Latino, Native, Arab,
Asian, Jewish, Muslim and immigrant communities, to women and LGBTQ
people, and to the organizations of the working class. Therefore, any
action to preemptively stop their advance is self-defense on behalf of
millions of people nationwide.
It is a dangerous escalation that the fascists would feel the confidence
to march with torches and weapons, and without hoods, through a city
where they know the vast majority of residents oppose them. Electrified
by the Trump campaign and presidency, they are now starting to form more
disciplined and armed units. They must be fought every step of the way,
through mass mobilization and direct action, and sent back to the
shadows from which they came.
The fascist conference and rally was billed as one to “Unite the Right.”
While they have considerable ideological and tactical differences, they
are coming together in the streets to oppose those who they see as their
common enemy. Those on the Left, progressives, anti-racists, and
anti-fascists must do the same, forging steadfast unity in the streets —
as the heroes and martyrs of Charlottesville did today.
We call on all defenders of the rights of the working class and the
oppressed - Black, Latinx, LGBTQiA, Muslim, Indigenous, and more - to
confront racism and fascism. We cannot rely on the politicians or the
state, they have not only refused to wipe out white supremacy but they
actively collude in fostering it through their bigoted policies.”
1.)Remove all the memorabilia of racism and white supremacy in Virginia
2.)Drop ALL charges on anti-racist/anti-fascist protestors and pay for
their medical fees in VA!
3.)End the Racist Deportations - Free Francisco! Pass the Safe
4.)End Charlie Baker’s cuts! - Fully fund the HIV budget & the Youth on
Fire Homeless Day Shelter
5.)Jail ALL Killer Cops: Justice for Terrence Coleman, Usaama Rahim,
Santos Laboy & All Victims of Racist Police Terror! Free David Wright!
6.)Free, Drinkable, & Clean Water for All the Prisoners at Norfolk!
7.)Stop the War on Black America! Amend the 13th Amendment - End
8.)No War on North Korea! No War on Venezuela! End the Sanctions
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