The police monitor Indymedia, any attempt at direct action must be planned and discussed outside of this forum. And then discussed afterwards. This is afterwards.
This morning around 8 am seven anti-war activists carried out a demonstration against war. The goal was to disrupt commerce and stop traffic (the connection, again, between traffic and this war is that the war is for oil and the cars are major comsumption units of that oil...and cars are dangerous...) The seven protesters started on the east side of the Broadway Bridge and marched across the bridge towards the west side.
The plan was that that early morning traffic would be heading into downtown to work (meaningless jobs and that is a whole other story) and stopping them from getting to work (instead of getting home from work) seemed to be a better option. With anti war signs and determination, we made it about 3/4 across the bridge before a cop car came from the west and stopped up east-bound traffic while asking us to get onto the sidewalk.
The police did not seem determined to arrest anyone and were rather polite in getting us off. We complied. The result was traffic stopped for about ten minutes. I know that doesnt seem like very much, but in Seattle when they did the tripod they only stopped traffic for twenty minutes. So, without a tripod or arrests (I think in Seattle there were eight arrests) we backed up morning traffic for a decent amount of time.
It is incredibly easy to direct an action like this. Independant groups interested in this kind of action should talk amongst yourselves about similar actions, early morning is the best, groups as small as seven can disrupt things (remember the fedral building?, and today). And the more people the smoother things would go. THis was mostly impromptu, only planned about 18 hours before the actual event. This will work to keep the anti-war movement active in these waning days and if commerce is dirupted enough, it will make a statement.
Hope to see you in the streets. Peace.Love.