[act-ma] 8/19 Saturday--Boston March and Rally to oppose White Supremacy and Stand for Solidarity

Charlie Welch 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

Organized by:
ANSWER Coalition Boston
Boston Party for Socialism and Liberation
Boston Democratic Socialists of America (http://www.dsaboston.org/ 

Endorsed by:
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.

“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 
& Boston!

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 
Communities Act!

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 
legalized Slavery!

8.)No War on North Korea! No War on Venezuela! End the Sanctions

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