This article is for entertainment purposes only and I am not advocating any
of the ideas contained-so screw you patriot act!
So the world has changed.
The US has ignored the world and created a war in Iraq.
We responded on the day after the bombing started with a ground breaking protest that has changed many
First off this protest was a huge success and we need to reconize this fact
and take pride in our victorys when we can get them.WE DID IT~!
We changed the world (in Portland at least and not in Iraq) and made history
by shutting Portland down for the first time to such a degree.
No city has ever shut down four bridges in one night.And NO one has ever
shut down 3 freeways in the same protest!
This also means that the police reaction to protests has done a virtual 180 in
scope and now will assault kids when they try to cross sidewalks LEGALY and
pepper spray people wih even more abandon then before.
In short we need to change our tactics and even our overall stratagy as what
we are doing right now(Since day of bombin protest) has been fairly ineffective
and been completly shut down by over eager cops.
To some degree it is really amazing that we can have protest,arrests and
pepper spray soaked police brutality almost every day of the week but we also must
understand that for the time being we simply cannot take the streets,do
property destruction or even cross the streets at protests of less than
thousands of people as the police department seems fine with throwing away money
on tons of riot cops and associated thugs/kindly officers.
WE can do all of these things in small spread out groups around the city if
they so not meet together and stay away from the slow moving "rapid responce
ALSO we can still do lock downs in streets if we set them up before the cops
can get there and go nuts on us.
WHAT we cannot do is try to shut down the city or smash things as
unpermitted marchers with less than thousands of protesters.
WE could also reexamine our stratagy and see if shutting the city down is
still a good goal or if property damge should be done at night by small
groups of people rather than at large anti-war demos.
So in summery I would say that we need to examine our stratagy and tactics
and realize that while we need to keep the amazing energy going that we also
need to use new ideas and that activism is more than marching on the side walk
with a black mask on.
If you are willing to get arrested there is far better things that you can be
arrested for than crossing the street to slowly.
Heres some ideas:
*Do small office occupations that do not antagonize anyone but the fucked up
corporation that you are targeting.
*Form an Affinity Group of your friends.
*Use this group to brainstorm new ideas and things that we can do...right
*Be creative-enact your plans,be careful and dont fear the police.
*Hard locks are better than just soft locks,both will get you arrested and
are easy to do if you are faster than your friendly police force.
*Banner drops are really effective ways of getting your message out without
antagonizing the people that we are trying to sway.
*What would happen if the recruitment centers were blitzed with so called 'black
faxes' or had their doors glued shut every morning for a week?
*Avoid large scale protests that the cops are going to know about(anything that
is posted on IMC) to do these tactics but try to link them together- what about
a banner drop over the PPRC rally?
*There is also a rumor going around that there is a large number of people
starting to tag the words UNITE RESIST on everything as a way of showing
soliderity with all of the anti-war/anti-globalization protests around the