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(en) US, Boston, Preparing For The BSF & DNC Bl(A)ck Tea Society notes for July 22 2004

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Date Fri, 23 Jul 2004 08:57:17 +0200 (CEST)

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1) Stuff To Bring To The No-DNC Convergence
The DNC is almost here - are you packed and ready to go?
Here's a list of what to bring with you (and what to leave at home).
• A sleeping bag, pillow, and towel - many of our hosts don't
have enough of these things to supply to their guests.
• Your own bowl/plate, cup and untensils. We will not be
providing these things for you! If you want to eat the meals that
will be provided in the convergence center, please bring
something to eat with.

• Notebook and pen/pencil, so you can take notes when the
cops start doing things that are illegal.

• Water bottle (medics will not be running water on the
streets! Don't get dehydrated - carry a water bottle).

• Appropriate clothing (loose fitting, something that covers
your skin is best if there are chemical weapons, but keep in mind
it will be hot here).

• Extra set of clothes in a ziplock bag, in case you get doused
with chemical weapons or water.
• Water-based sunscreen (oil-based lotions trap chemical
weapons against your skin).

• Bandanas soaked in apple cider vinegar (you may want to
dilute the vinegar up to 50/50 with water as vinegar can burn you

• Goggles/gas masks (please make sure the seals/filters are
okay for chemical weapons exposure, and make sure the goggles
don't have glass lenses!)

• Extra water bottle with squirt cap, if you want to be prepared
to be able to do eye flushes. Don't use the bottle you're drinking
out of.

• Snacks for when you're out on the streets (trail mix,
granola, chocolate chips).

• If you have drugs prescripted by doctor, bring them in the original
bottle/container from the pharmacist and bring a doctor's not
explaining why you need them.

• Your legal ID. Even if you plan to participate in jail solidarity
if arrested, your ID should be somewhere people can access it in
case you decide to be bailed out.

• Your own bail money if you can afford it, as Boston ABC
might not be able to help everyone if there are mass arrests
(minimum bail is a non-returnable $40).

• Printouts of any schedules/info that you want/need prior to
your arrival in Boston.

• BTS convergence center and after-hours phone numbers,
which are all at

• Medical supplies donations are much needed and
appreciated. Gloves and gauze are at the top of the list.

• Food donations and food prep equipment are also needed.

• Bike locks and bike helmets, if you want to use our
communal bikes or are willing to share your helmet and lock
with others.

• Your own bike, lock and helmet if you can bring it, as it
might be easier to have your own if everyone wants to borrow

• Art supplies, office supplies and batteries are always
welcome donations.

• As for what not to bring: Please, do not bring mace or
pepper spray. It is illegal in Massachusetts to carry either without
a license. You will be arrested and charged with possession of a
dangerous weapon if either is found on you. Things such as
illegal drugs are also something you should not bring - just use
common sense and know our homes in Boston and all of us will
be under more intense surveillance with more cops around than
normal. But that shouldn't stop us from having an amazing
convergence, so last but certainly not least,

• Bring yourselves and your friends, so we can make this a
kick-ass week of events! See you in Boston!

More Info In The "Welcome To Boston" Guide:

2) A message from the Boston Area Liberation Medics (BALM):

Hello activist friends,

The Boston Social Forum and DNC protests are just about here!
Along with all the excitement and celebration, there's a lot of
stress involved in organizing and participating in these events.
So.... what can we do for ourselves, and for each other, to make
this work more fun, more supportive, more sustainable? And
what can we do NOW to prepare for the next week, so we can be
as calm, focused and happy as we want to be?

In my case, I think I will have about a gallon of chocolate Silk
(delicious chocolate soy milk) hidden away, I'll have some
friends who I can call if I am feeling lost, stressed or
overwhelmed, and I will have the support of the activists with me
in Boston.

So, what makes you happy? What helps you feel centered,
focused, grounded, or whatever you call it for yourself? What can
you look forward to at the end of the day, that would help you get
through whatever happens? What can you do now to make sure
you have all this goodness? And don't forget the medics. We
don't just patch up cuts and scrapes -- we can also provide
emotional support, and suggestions for how to deal with stress.
So, come on over to the Wellness Center in the Convergence
Space to drink some de-stress tea, or head over to the first aid
tent we'll have on the Common, for some fun and games.

And think about what else will help you have a great week.

Take care all,
Eowyn, street medic with the DNC Medical Organizing

Boston Area Liberation Medics (BALM) Squad:

email contact: nodnc04@hush.com
on the web: http://blackteasociety.org
email announcement list:
donate to the convergence: http://blackteasociety.org/donate.php

Link: http://www.bostoncoop.net/balm/
Source: http://blackteasociety.org
* [Ed. Note: The DNC Bl(A)ck Tea Society is an antiauthoritarian anticapitalist initiative.

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