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    Occupy Boston Women’s March

    Occupy Boston Women’s March
    March 20, 9 PM – 10:30 PM
    Meet at the Parkman Bandstand in the Boston Commons

    Join Occupy Boston women and our allies at a march in solidarity with the women of OWS who were brutally beaten and arrested Saturday night for the crime of peacefully protesting in Zuccotti Park. Meet at 9 PM at the Boston Common bandstand. Bring candles and signs.

    Reactions to 3 Strikes Bill From March 15th Rally

    Massachusetts residents stand up to oppose the Mandatory sentencing or “3 Strikes” bill in MA. Many speakers from Thursday’s rally call it wasteful and harmful warehousing of people.

    Radical History Tour of the Freedom Trail and People’s Assembly Saturday, March 17th

    Noon to 4PM: Radical History Tour, at the Granary Burial Ground in Downtown Boston and all along the Freedom Trail

    5 PM: People’s Assembly, at Boston Common Bandstand. All are invited!

    Join Occupy Boston on the Radical History Tour all along the Freedom Trail!

    Starting at 12 noon, Occupy Boston’s Health Justice Working Group will be talking with visitors at the Granary Burial Ground about some of the radical and revolutionary ideas of colonial times. These ideas both connect to and at times diverge from the radical ideas of the Occupy movement today. We’re calling it “Zombie Smallpox Children and the Original Occupation of Boston 1775-1776.”

    Did you know that for 9 months in 1775 and 1776 George Washington was unable to “occupy” Boston because of a smallpox epidemic? The epidemic was caused by the British, who literally unleashed smallpox “zombies” to infect the American rebel forces and foster desertion. And did you know that it was Onesemus, a slave of Cotton Mather, who taught a skeptical Boston medical community about how to inoculate against small pox (‘the distemper’)? Colonial medical history is filled with intrigue…. Come find out what it’s all about on the Radical History Tour.

    At 5 pm there will be a People’s Assembly (in lieu of a General Assembly) at the Boston Common Bandstand. The People’s Assembly will include a speak-out and a teach-in on topics that link Revolutionary times to the Occupy movement today.

    We hope to see you there!

    SAINT PATRICK’S PEACE PARADE: Why are there two Parades in South Boston on Sunday, March 18th?

    Join Veterans for Peace, Occupy Boston, Join the Impact, and other community groups for the 2nd Annual SAINT PATRICK’S PEACE PARADE
    On Sunday, March 18th, there will be two parades marching through the Streets of South Boston. The second parade, the Saint Patrick’s Peace Parade, will be walking for peace, equality, jobs, and social and economic justice; it will follow one mile behind the first parade, the “traditional” Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. We are walking in the proud tradition that some Irish ancestors demonstrated over a century ago against discrimination. There will be seven divisions, bands, small floats, a Duck Boat, trolleys, and a lot of positive energy. It looks like a wonderful day weather-wise–a fantastic and magnificent day for a parade.
    Please join us in walking for peace and justice!
    Assemble: 1:00 pm, D Street, between 1st and 3rd Streets.

    Directions: From the Broadway T Stop in South Boston, this location is just a few blocks east on West Broadway (look for Veterans For Peace White Flags)

    Parade: Scheduled to start at 2:00 pm

    Why are there two Parades in South Boston on Sunday, March 18th?

    This is a question all Bostonians should be asking themselves; this is a question all politicians who participate in the morning roast or who will march in the first parade should be asking themselves; a questions that the press should ask all politicians and City of Boston leaders; a question that everyone associated with or watching the parades should be asking themselves…

    Well over a hundred years ago, the Irish walked through the streets of Boston protesting “discrimination” against the Irish. Today, the organizers of the “traditional” Saint Patrick’s Day Parade discriminate against two groups who only wanted to walk in the first parade.

    First: Veterans For Peace, a group of veterans of the U.S. military who have dutifully served this country, many during time of war; members include veterans of WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. These are veterans who have received numerous decorations for valiant service to this country, who know all too well the consequences of war, its violence, its brutality, and the pain it causes to veterans and their families.  These veterans, who now stand for and advocate peace, have been denied to walk in the traditional parade and carry flags and banners, some of which read: “Bring the Troops Home and Take Care of Them When the Get Here,” “Cut Military Spending, Save Jobs, Police, Fireman, Teachers,” “Peace is Patriotic.” For these sentiments, their application to walk in the traditional parade was denied?

    Second: gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) youth, adults, and groups, such as Join the Impact, who just wanted to walk in the traditional parade and were denied because of who they are. In 2012, a time when Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is history; when gay marriage is now law; when transgender people finally have non-discrimination protections; and when there is a large GLBT population living in South Boston, they are still denied to walk, as a group, in the traditional parade. Discrimination against any group is a disgrace and should be unacceptable and an affront to all Americans–yet this exclusion continues as politicians, the press, parade participants, and residents of South Boston look the other way. It is easy to walk in a parade–it is fun to watch and hear all the pageantry of a parade.  Sometimes, though, it is difficult and uncomfortable to stand up and support what is right, even when the opportunity is staring you in the face as it marches by.

    In their one-sentence denials to both Veterans For Peace and Join the Impact, there were no reasons given as to why their applications were denied. When John (Wacko) Hurley (of the Allied War Council) was directly asked by Kay Walsh, the chair of the community organizing meeting, why Veterans For Peace were denied, he only repeated, as if pleading the fifth, “I can only refer you to the decision,” referring to the 1995 decision of the U.S. Supreme court brought about because of their denial of Gay and Lesbian groups seventeen years ago. When directly asked by Kay to allow Veterans For Peace to walk in the parade, once again, he only repeated, “I refer you to the decision.”

    “Make no mistake about it, this is a very militaristic parade hiding behind the robes of Saint Patrick. We understand the legality the Allied War Council hide behind,” said Pat Scanlon, the Coordinator of Veterans For Peace. “We do not understand the morality; we have some highly decorated veterans, who have put their lives on the line for this country and are not allowed, nor welcomed, in the first parade because they now stand for peace? Shame on the Allied War Council for promoting division, exclusion, and prejudice, and shame on the City of Boston for allowing such blatant discrimination to continue. Shame on any politician who participates in the first parade, knowing such flagrant, narrow-minded bigotry against veterans and the GLBT community continues. The City of Boston should take back the running of the first parade. This type of exclusion is just not acceptable in 2012.”

    For more information, the website for the Smedley D. Butler Brigade of Veterans For Peace is

    Occupy Boston & Occupy MBTA Mic Check MassDOT Board Meeting

    Occupy Boston and Occupy MBTA at the board meeting of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation demanding that MBTA have no cuts, no hikes, and no layoffs and a comprehensive transportation plan for the state.

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