Stand for Solidarity Rally #Boston

The

Greater Boston Chapter of the Green-Rainbow Party has endorsed the
Stand for Solidarity rally to oppose neo-nazis and white supremacists 
coming to Boston.  After the tragic violence in Charlottesville, 
Virginia, we have to unite our communities to reject racism and
violence
in the strongest possible terms.

Join us at the State House at 11am Saturday, August 19th.  The best
way
to arrive will be from the red or green T line at Park Street and
simply
walk up the hill.  Some GRP members will also attend a march at 10am 
from the Reggie Lewis Center (1350 Tremont Street) by the Roxbury 
Crossing T stop.  (Because of such short notice, we have not had time
to
consider endorsing all the activities that will take place around the
city).

Here are links to the facebook event pages:
https://www.facebook.com/events/165697793990647

https://www.facebook.com/events/175606822982714


The city has issued a permit for the so-called "Boston Free Speech 
Rally" being organized by neo-nazis and white supremacists to happen
on
the Boston Common this Saturday.  The permit explicitly forbids
weapons,
as well as typical items such as flag poles, pickets, and even 
backpacks. It is not clear if this will also apply to us and where
these
rules will be enforced, so we recommend traveling light.  Even our
right
to amplified sound remains unsettled.  We must reject the false choice
between free speech unfettered by government interference, and facing 
hate and intimidation in our streets!

This is a particularly important moment for white allies to stand up 
against racist ideologies.  Because of our non-violent tactics, even 
right wing commentators have rejected the moral equivalency drawn by 
Donald Trump between hate groups and the left.   Our victory this 
weekend will not come from direct confrontations with the so-called
free
speech rally, (although we should exercise our right to be seen and 
heard in their presence), but by presenting a superior message about 
interracial solidarity to the media and the general public. 
Nevertheless, we recommend that people wear comfortable walking shoes,
not carry anything that could be construed as a weapon, stay in
groups,
and not wander off.


Confront Racism
Fascists Out! White Supremacists Out!
No to war, militarism, the police state and Islamophobia
Stop Deportations - Immigrants and refugees are welcome here!
People, Peace and Planet over Profit


The GBC also invites everyone to a community meeting being called by
the
Boston May Day Coalition to reflect on Saturday's events and discuss 
next steps to be held Sunday, August 20th, at 3:00pm at Encuentro5, 9A
Hamilton Place, also near the Park Street T stop.  Unfortunately, this
venue is not wheelchair accessible.


In Solidarity,
  Matthew Andrews
  Greater Boston Chapter Co-Chair

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