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Written by Breanna Edelstein / November 26, 2013

A Lone Voice of Protest

He starts in the center of Quincy Market, where visitors are sitting and enjoying their lunch. Aaron Ginsburg grips his oversized sign labeled “This Is Wrong” and plants his feet firmly on the ground, gazing at the hundreds of people that fill the room around him. He shows no indication of leaving. To anyone walking by, he offers information about what he is protesting. He’s not one to run after innocent passersby, like many protesters are stereotyped to do, but he remains just as passionate. In a non-aggressive manner, Ginsburg stands there. His presence is a statement bold enough for Faneuil Hall security guards to intervene.

After being told to leave the building, he does not put up a fight as he respectfully claims a new place on Quincy Market’s rainy front steps. Several minutes later he is approached again by a security guard who informs him that he is still too close to the private property and has to take a few more steps away. Though he was told that Boston Police were called, they never showed up.

One of Ginsburg’s female friends snaps a few pictures of him standing in front of a large banner hanging from the top of the building behind him. The sign advertises an exhibit at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace called Body Worlds Vital. Here, real plasticized humans are on display. Their skin is removed and the liquid is replaced with plastic.

 

Ninety percent of each body has become plastic and Ginsburg argues that there is no reason why models cannot be 100 percent plastic. He emphasizes that there is no need to use human corpses at all. He aims to inform the public that the practice is inhumane and should be boycotted.

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Ginsburg stands tall outside of Quincy Market where he has protested the practices of Body Worlds Vital since 2006. He stands at the ready for passersby to stop and ask what he is doing. PHOTO/Breanna Edelstein

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A Faneuil Hall security guard keeps a watchful eye on Ginsburg, assuring that he does not enter Quincy Market to protest. Legally, he is not allowed in the building or even on the steps outside. PHOTO/Breanna Edelstein

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Armed with two “This Is Wrong” signs, a stack full of informational handouts, and his personal business cards, Ginsburg looks to talk to as many interested people as possible. PHOTO/Breanna Edelstein

Fox 25 News and other national organizations have profiled Ginsburg during his protests over the years. While he continues to fight, many people continue to listen. With a business card that doubles as a short resume, the “experienced genealogist, speaker, project manager, and advocate” (also a retired pharmacist of 29 and a half years), hits the streets of Boston to protest regularly.

 

“I’m struggling with apathy. People think you can’t fight city hall,” he says “but you can.”

Many umbrella-carrying, boot-clad Bostonians walked by Ginsburg on Friday. Within ten minutes, two stopped to grab flyers and mostly everyone cast a glance his way.

 

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