Bl(A)ck Tea Society

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The Bl(A)ck Tea Society was an ad hoc, nonviolent anti-authoritarian coalition whose purpose was to protest the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. The group believed that the United States was a two-party duopoly that offers no real choice between Republicans and Democrats.

The largest event organized by the Bl(A)ck Tea Society was the Really Really Democratic Bazaar on the Boston Common on July 27, 2004, the second day of the DNC. The idea for the bazaar came from the Really Really Free Bazaar during the protests in Miami against the FTAA. The bazaar was organized decentrally, almost anyone was invited to set up a booth or an activity. Booths were set up by radical groups from all over New England. There were also games and arts activities. Near the cluster of booths was a stage that featured a wide variety of musicians from all over, as well as an open mic. Andre 3000 of Outkast wandered across the Bazaar, and David Rovics directed his audience to lie on the ground spelling out the phrase "Fuck You" to the hovering police helicopter.

Following the DNC in Boston, the group disbanded as planned. However, a zine covering the group's formation, operation and experience is forthcoming.

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