Boston Free Speech May 2017 Rally & It’s Origin.
The idea of Boston Free Speech started in the early months of 2017, originating from friends who observed national and international political events. For example, on February 1st, 2017 a controversial Trump supporter Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak at the University of Berkeley California. During this planned event members of the well funded and organized far left attacked and shut down the event with violence and censorship. National coverage of the event brought it to be a rallying cry for people who challenge the stifling political correctness that has overrun Western culture. Many of the people who are members and supporters of Boston Free Speech watched the live streams from that night, further affirming their opinion of the current state of affairs.
Occurring once again in Berkeley California, on March 5th, 2017 Trump supporters held a “March for Trump”. These marches happened throughout the country peacefully, yet in Berkeley, it again progressed into unwarranted violence by members of the far left. In their successful attempts at stifling conservative beliefs and conversations, peaceful original members of the rally were attacked and threatened. On April 15th a larger scale bipartisan free speech advocacy event took place in Berkeley. It is estimated that over a thousand participants attended the Free Speech rally, where they once more endured violence by members of the radical left; more violent methods were observed in use such as bricks, m-80 explosives, OC pepper spray, knives, and other potentially deadly weapons.
Almost immediately following the heinous events at Berkeley on April 15th, organizers of BFS began planning and preparing to hold their own free speech rally in Boston Massachusetts, despite being perceived by many as a liberal stronghold akin to Berkeley. In the beginning days of reaching out for support, it became apparent that despite lacking organization experience for most of them, they would coordinate and plan their event, with the goal of allowing everyone from across the political spectrum to express their desire for and belief in free speech. The Grassroots efforts to reach out to speakers and other logistical support rapidly came together for their first rally, with a planned date of May 13th, 2017 in the Boston Common.
On May 13th, 2017, the day started early for the organizers who stayed up all night monitoring the commons and finalizing logistical accommodations for speakers flying into Boston. A majority of the speakers who attended were youth with diverse political opinions, all united under wanting to stand up for their constitutional and human rights. Other more prominent speakers were Kyle Chapman from Berkeley, notable for protecting people at the rallies in California, Stewart Rhodes of the Oath Keepers, libertarian activist and lawyer Augustus Invictus, as well as many others. Despite being met with hostility from the far left, the event went on without a hitch. Participants took part in a march down the historic Boston freedom trail, displaying one of the largest patriotic marches down the streets of Boston in recent history. The takeaway from the event and of the organizers was that the foremost desire was to allow the event and participants to express whatever they felt strongly about and to remain a bastion of discussion among dissenting political opinions.