The MassDot twitter account announced they had been notified of a planned protest set to take place this morning in Boston. According to the tweet: “Advisory for #Boston area travelers: a protest group has notified the media it plans to disrupt travel along several routes in the Boston area Wednesday morning, 9/21, at approximately 7 a.m. Exact locations not yet announced.”
The name of the protest group is Extinction Rebellion, which describes itself as “a politically non-partisan international movement movement that uses non-violent direct action to persuade governments to act justly on the Climate and Ecological Emergency.” According to their website, they’re calling on protestors to meet at 7 a.m. in Post Office Square where they’ll start marching through downtown Boston at 7:30 a.m. The protest will include a giant sun puppet and colorful banners and flags. They are also promising coffee and donuts to anyone involved. This is the same group who had 8 members arrested for hanging a banner on the Citgo sign that read “Climate Justice Now.” Here is the official statement posted on the website www.xrboston.org
“Join us early Wednesday morning as we meet rush hour commuters to make some noise and demand “Stop the Fossil Fuel Industry, Now!”
We’ll have a giant sun puppet, colorful banners and flags – plus coffee and donuts for the Morning Rebels!
We’ll meet at Post Office Square at 7am and start to march through downtown Boston at 7:30am.
Wheelchair accessible, will involve walking, or rolling, down the street.”
Officials have been very quiet about which specific streets they feel will be affected. It’s probably safe to say that if you can work from home today, do it. If you can’t work from home, allow yourself some extra time to get to work or consider taking the MBTA if that’s an option for you. Good luck!