Under the cover of darkness, the activists had gathered outside a restaurant kitty-corner from the hotel and divided into four groups of 4-5 people each. The drum corps was its own group and marched to the front of the hotel where it struck up a beat to act as a distraction. The other activists then slipped in the other door group by group and made their way to the victory party, where they ate hors d'oevres and watched the election results come in on the TVs. Some donned "Go Gordon!" stickers to fit in. After about 10 minutes, everyone had arrived and most of them had made their way to the middle of the room and were standing behind the corporate media talking heads who were making reports. Gordon Smith was about to get up and speak when one of the PPRC organizers began the chant: "No party on this floor if you're planning to make war!"
The Republican security goons moved in quick and started dragging the activists out. For some reason, they ignored me. Because I had a camera? I have no idea, but if it's that easy for me to sneak into something like this and not be noticed, then I oughtta be doing more of it. Anyway, the goons and some guests quickly got the activists out of the main party room. Corporate media people were filming, but didn't get everything. Outside, the activists lined up and stood their ground, still chanting gleefully. The Republicans charged again and this time, three activists were pushed forcefully to the floor.
I saw this man (face circled in red) push an activist down very hard. He was steamin' mad and blustering about how we should go fight a war and then we'd understand. Understand what? Incinerating thousands like in Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki in WWII? Torching huts with babies in them like in Vietnam? Killing old men like in Panama? Mowing down retreating soldiers like in the Gulf War? Starving children like in Iraq for the last twelve years? No sir, we understand. And that's why were there with direct action to say NO to War.