[act-ma] 5/01 Two Mayday Caravans
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Wed Apr 29 04:52:30 PDT 2020
Mass Peace Action MAPA 1-2 PM(co-sponsored by the Boston Mayday Committee)
Greater Boston Labor Council
and Massachusetts AFL-CIO State Fed
*Boston May Day Car Rally: Solidarity in the time of COVID-19*
*May 1 @ 1:00 pm** - 2:00 pm*
May Day Car Rally to Support Essential Workers »
*Friday, May 1, 2020 – Gather at 1:00 pm*
*Meet at 1175 Soldier’s Field Rd. (next to Christian Herter Park), Allston*
*Car Caravan to Massachusetts State House*
Massachusetts Peace Action invites area residents to participate in a
car rally in Boston to support national and international solidarity as
the COVID-19 pandemic rages around the globe. The impact of the
Corona-19 pandemic has been overwhelming in our country. It has been
especially devastating for the poor and for Black, Brown, and Indigenous
communities. At the same time, wealthy elites value their profits more
than people lives.
Now is the time to imagine and act together for reorganizing society
around the needs of all the people, especially of the poor and working
people. We invite you to join us and magnify the potential impact of
this message by distributing it and acting similarly locally and globally.
Join us in support of the U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres call
to waive “the sanctions imposed on countries to ensure access to food,
essential health supplies, and COVID-19 medical support. This is the
time for solidarity not exclusion. Let us remember that we are only as
strong as the weakest health system in our interconnected world.”
*US sanctions are devastating in ordinary times. But collectively
punishing entire populations during a global pandemic is an even more
ruthless form of barbarism.*
*What do we call for?*
Support frontline staff fighting COVID-19 and essential workers here and
around the world
Bailout small businesses, not corporations
End US sanctions on Venezuela, Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Syria
Fund the Green New Deal, No subsidies to oil and gas corporations
End the blockade of Gaza, the largest open-air prison in the world
Invest in public education and job training not in wars and militarism
Cancel all student loans by cutting the bloated defense and war budget
Cooperation with China ‘No’ to warmongering and racism
Support immigrants and refugees – ‘No’ to detentions, deportation, and
Car Rally, Northampton, April 20. Read a report
Sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action. Endorsed by Friends Meeting at
Cambridge; Campaign for Peace, Disarmament, and Common Security; New
Democracy Coalition; Jewish Voice for Peace Boston; Our Revolution
Massachusetts; Resistance Center for Peace & Justice; Witness for Peace
New England; Latin America Solidarity Coalition of Western
Massachusetts; Codepink of Western Massachusetts; Traprock Center for
Peace and Justice; American Friends Service Committee; Boston Democratic
Socialists of America – Internationalism Working Group; Veterans for
Peace – Chapter 9 – Smedley D. Butler Brigade
Organizations are invited to cosponsor by contacting
info at masspeaceaction.org <mailto:info at masspeaceaction.org>
*Route: Travel to the Massachusetts State House by way of:*
South on Everett St. (.7 miles)
Left on Brighton Ave. (Rt. 20) (.7 miles)
Brighton Ave becomes Commonwealth Ave. (2.8 miles)
Right on Arlington St. (at Boston Public Garden) (.1 miles)
Left on Boylston St. (.1 miles)
Left on Charles St. (between Public Garden and Boston Common) (.2 miles)
Right on Beacon St. (.3 miles)
Arrive at Massachusetts State House
*Car Rally Protest Guide*
When putting signs outside on the car use painter tape as to not damage
the paint on the car.
Do NOT use Scotch Tape or Duct Tape.
If you drive with a passenger s/he can hold a larger sign outside the
window. Since the caravan of cars moves slowly it should not be a
problem to hold the sign.
If you put signs on the car windows from the inside or outside of the
car you can use Scotch tape. The signs on the back window can be larger.
If the convoy of cars breaks at an intersection the advance section will
slow down or stop when possible to wait for the others to join.
Print the map of the convoy’s path to use in case you lose the convoy so
you can find your way to the State House.
The caravan will move very slowly and when possible on the road
shoulder, or inside the parking lane to allow normal traffic to pass the
Drivers are encouraged to use the horn to draw attention to the convoy.
At the State House the convoy will stop for a photo op.
Drivers/passengers will step outside the cars holding their signs for
the photo op.
*+ GOOGLE CALENDAR*
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Herter Park Amphitheater (Parking Lot)
1175 Soldier's Field Road
Boston, MA 02134 United States + Google Map
May Day Car Rally to Support Essential Workers
· Hosted by Greater Boston Labor Council
and Massachusetts AFL-CIO State Fed
_/3 to 4 PM
USPS at Summer St & Dorchester Ave, Boston Show Map
We'll keep our physical distance in our cars but come ready to rally in
support of the #frontlineheroes
<https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/frontlineheroes> who are working
essential jobs every day. Make signs to display in your car windows! #1u
How do I join the car rally?
We will be meeting by the USPS facility at the intersection of Summer
Street and Dorchester Ave in Boston. We are working with the City of
Boston to safely line up along Summer Street. Try to arrive early enough
to safely line up.
The first car in line will be at Dorchester Ave & Summer St, facing
east. As you arrive, join the back of the line which will extend down
Summer Street, and wrap around South Station onto Atlantic Ave.
A few tips:
*Make sure your car has signs! We'll soon have downloadable
print-at-home templates or you can make your own. We'll have a list of
messages to choose from so that we're all speaking with a unified voice!
*Turn on your blinkers and headlights & please stay in your car/keep
your physical distance.
*Listen to speakers via our live stream call in number (available before
the event begins).
*A representative will give PPE to each location as we hear from a
worker at the site via the live stream.
*Follow the caravan when it starts moving, honking in appreciation as we
travel past the USPS facility and then onto Boston Hope Hospital (Boston
Convention Center) to thank workers there and donate PPE.
More information about the Act-MA