Civil, constitutional, and human rights activists announced formalized plans to protest the MBTA’s partnership with the Department of Homeland Security. Activists demand an end to random warrantless searches of passengers in the MBTA transit system by any law enforcement organization or contractor thereof, and recognize these acts as an egregious violation of 4th Amendment protections.
Activists will gather across the city to demand an end to random, un-warranted bag checks in subways by TSA, DHS, and Transit Police. Simultaneous marches will commence at noon at five locations (Kenmore, Harvard, Ruggles, Lechmere, and South Station) and travel different routes through Boston and Cambridge to converge at 2 p.m. for a rally at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common.
In advance of the planned protests, participants will be delivering letters to the heads of the MBTA, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, and the Department of Homeland Security, calling for an end to the warrantless bag checks being conducted on law-abiding citizens and visitors to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.