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Ag Ministerial: Grafitti on Local Businesses

tagging of businesses along J Street
obviously, no one knows who did this

but, if anyone associated with the protests did, even in the most indirect way, you might appreciate knowing that a lot of these businesses along the J Street are run by small business owners and families, not major corporations of any kind

Sacramento has avoided a lot of the catastrophic urban redevelopment that has driven local businesses out of the downtown in favor of Niketowns and Cheesecake Factories, like Seattle

some of these people are sympathetic to your cause

for example, one of these J Street businesses, that I personally visited today, had graffiti damage on their door, and they actually conduct fundraisers for Sacramento Food Not Bombs

again, not saying who did it, but if anyone does, then you might direct this to their attention, if it would enlighten them



[Sacramento Businesses Tagged With Protest Graffiti
Anarcho, 25.06.2003 15:43

Sacramento Businesses Tagged With Protest Graffiti

Wed Jun 25, 3:22 PM ET Add Local - KCRA

A handful of Sacramento business owners cleaned up Wednesday after getting tagged with graffiti, protesting genetically modified food.

At least six businesses and some newspaper stands were hit along J Street. Community service officers were investigating the scene Wednesday.

The officers said the messages make it clear that people protesting the world agriculture expo did the graffiti.]



Sacramento Businesses Tagged With Protest Graffiti

Wed Jun 25, 3:22 PM ET Add Local - KCRA

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At least six businesses and some newspaper stands were hit along J Street. Community service officers were investigating the scene Wednesday.

The officers said the messages make it clear that people protesting the world agriculture expo did the graffiti.]
as a state worker, I objected to the police a lot more than the protesters 26.Jun.2003 09:31

RWF

I didn't expect the thread to go in this direction, but, as someone who has worked in downtown Sacramento since 1988, let me be clear: I found the overwhelming presence of the police, their crude efforts to suppress protest through the use of absurdly overwhelming numbers, unlawful arrests, vehicle impoundments for petty traffic offenses, the brandishing of weapons aimed towards protest marchers and the assault upon non-violent protesters on 12 and K on Tuesday an embarassment to the city.

For three days, we had to work in a paramilitary zone set up by law enforcement, and, appparently, under the complete control of law enforcement, as my complaints to the City Manager's Office, the Mayor's Office and the Superior Court engendered no immediate concern about what was happening in areas within their own jurisdiction. No one said, "Whoa, we better look into that!" or "Thanks for calling us, we'll find out what happening, and see if there is anything to be done."

There was no sense of urgency, and, in the case of the Mayor Heather Fargo's Office, I was told that I should call the City Manager, because he was the person responsible for the police. As Pat Buchanan used to say in this context, they were "hiding in the tall grass". Makes you wonder why Sacramento even bothers to have a mayoral election.

In other words, there was no apparent civilian authority in downtown Sacramento during the Ag Ministerial.

From my experience at a number of events, the police were more provocative than the protesters, although towards the end, even they seemed to recognize the absurdity of the situation.


--Richard Estes

Why some locals were no-shows 26.Jun.2003 12:23

Mid-town Mom

You might wonder why there weren't more locals representing -well, speaking for myself... Between the brute force of the police (and we gotta live with them ... and depend on them - when everyone else gets to go home), and the F**K Every One and Every Thing attitude of the young anarchists like Juan up there - personally, I was afraid to leave my home, and for my children's safety as well. I gave bottled water and fruit from my garden to some protesters as they passed, and cheered them on,.... and I feel bad that I didn't do more, but I wasn't going to subject myself or my family to the "crossfire". Call me old fashioned - .... I guess I'll just continue to write letters and volunteer at my co-op - like I have always done, and know that at least I'm doing Something.

why are we not allowed to talk about this? 27.Jun.2003 11:41

maxxi

why were so many posts deleted?

please. discuss 27.Jun.2003 12:00

pdxtech

You can talk about this, discuss it, even argue about it, but this thread had degenerated into a flame war with very little value. It began with a post that was inflamantory and contained external image links. We are wary of external image links because they can be used to track readers. So this post was hidden. Without that post, the reponses to it seemed quite inflammatory and so they received inflammatory responses. In the end, there was nothing left to do but pull several of the posts and try to start with some fresh discussion. This site is not here for people to sling insults at one another, it wastes our resources and our readers time. There are plenty of other sites in which people can yell at each other all they want. We don't usually hide so many comments but the unusual set of circumstances seemed to justify it in this case.