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Communique: Boston IMC diverse voices, diverse tactics

These are comments being posted to the "Communique from my Sister" feature as they appear on the Boston IMC web. They are interesting and important conversations between organizers, anarchists, participants. These are the beginning of the deeper conversations that we must have in every community in order to move ahead to a more just and peaceful world.

These are comments posted to the feature posted on Boston IMC and Portland IMC called "The Road to Boston: Communiqué from my sister.- Day One" They exactly the conversations that should be happening between all people who want to take this world back from the corporations and facists. Read on - comment - let us begin! Link to these conversations: http://boston.indymedia.org/newswire/update/index.php

July 23, 2004 - Upper Crust

"I've heard those amongst us say that we need to 'let it all fall down'. All of it must go away. 'SMASH THE STATE'; 'TEAR IT ALL DOWN'. Edain and I do not support this destructive type of thinking" Those of us who support the downfall of the state are not "destructive", the state is "destructive". God forbid we get rid of the state and have system of life based on cooperation, mutual aid, solidarity, voluntary association and direct action. It's anarcho-liberals like you who are causing "the downfall of the present anti-war, anti-capitalist movement".

July 23, 2004 - Debbie

Keep posting sister

July 23 - Boston A

WHAT IS UP WITH BOSTON IMC

"I've heard those amongst us say that we need to 'let it all fall down'. All of it must go away. 'SMASH THE STATE'; 'TEAR IT ALL DOWN'. Edain and I do not support this destructive type of thinking" Those of us who support the downfall of the state are not "destructive", the state is "destructive". God forbid we get rid of the state and have system of life based on cooperation, mutual aid, solidarity, voluntary association and direct action. It's anarcho-liberals like you who are causing "the downfall of the present anti-war, anti-capitalist movement".

July 23, 2004 - Sharpie

hey ., upper crust, and Boston A, sharpie here. I don't know who either of you are but I have two things to say:

1. I'm a working person, don't know about you, and I'm glad to see people getting the word out, I'm especially glad to see older folks writing passionately about these things. my family are hardcore democrats and when i go to my reunion the week after the DNC they're going to say "why did you even go to boston" and when they say that I'll show them this letter and hopefully this and the rest of her letters will connect with them and a dialogue will begin.

2. indymedia is as indymedia does. write more articles and stop whining. i already sent a letter to the black tea society apologizing to the folks i've been organizing with for a year for my failure to write an article about the group, but i work 40 hours a week in construction, don't know what you're excuse is. write a damn article. or come over tonight and help me out as i try to hammer something out.

to Edain and Z, thank you so much for your thoughtful words. perhaps I'll see Edain in Boston and we can discuss these things. I doubt we agree on everything but thats the foundation of anarchism, right? July 23, 2004 - Matthew Williams

I'd like to reiterate Sharpie's encouragement to write an article on the Black Tea Society yourselves. We'd be happy to feature it, if it's well written, talks about your political philosophy, organizing strategy, or something substantial like that. It's something we've been wanting, but we've all been insanely busy and can't get everything we'd like done.

In addition to that, I'd like to note that the Boston IMC is not an anarchist organization. I think you will find that at least most of us, if not all of us, in the IMC collective are anarchists, but I for one have no desire to see the Boston IMC take some party line, anarchist or otherwise. We try to provide a forum for all sectors of the left, including liberals. Instead of just dismissing liberals, how about engaging in a critical but constructive dialogue? It doesn't mean you'll end up agreeing, but you might learn something from such an exchange. I have in the past.

While we're on this, Sharpie's told some of you folks in the BTS have some concerns with the description of anarchism in the FAQ. He was going to pass them on to me, but never had the time. If you want to e-mail me at the above address, I'll try to alter the FAQ to take into account your concerns. I'm trying to be as inclusive as possible with the thing, but if I don't know what I've left out that you feel is important, I can't fix it. I haven't shut out anyone's views on purpose--my vision is probably just clouded by my own interpretation of anarchism.

Oh, and on the ABC article that got removed from the center column--the person who was targeted by the authorities *asked us* to remove the article. It seems like a basic act of solidarity to do so, although I agree that it is important information.

July 23, 2004 - Z

So I am here. One of the sisters. Engage me. Speak to me. Tell me why you are more radical than I. And, tell me why that should be important in stopping the spread of war and poverty around the world. And, one more thing... Tell me why we must all think and be the same. Why can't I be what I need to be without others saying it is not good enough, it is not "radical" enough. And tell me how we build a inclusive solidarity movement if we are all in our corners saying "my way or no way". Engage me.

July 23, 2004 - Boston A

Multiple Voices

I am not saying that there is should only be one voice. Far from it. And i am certainly not saying that it is "our way or no way."

I am simply wondering why the anarchists in the city has been ignored by Boston IMC. I am not asking for our voice to be the only one, i am simply asking why it isn't included in their "dnc coverage." I am not saying that they shouldn't cover the BSF and liberal events and other events, but why we are left out of it.

Considering we live here, have been working on this project for the past year, and are the ones providing IMC with space to set up publically, why we are left out of the calendar and ignored on the main editorial column.

I apologize if my initial remarks came across as too aggressive. But personally, I don't think that trying to making a rich, white, ruling class puppet "really represnt the people" is a radical idea. I think it is a reformist idea that has plagued movements for centuries. The system is bankrupt (and has been for a while now) and looking for solutions within it is like rearranging deck chairs on the titanic.

That said, i am glad that there are other voices contributing to this. And i want everyone to be able to say their piece, but the question still remains to IMC why they ignore the only group in Boston who has been actively working on this project for a year.

I am not asking to put our opinions first, i am asking to be allowed at the table.

--end of rant--

July 24, 2004 - S. Eppler

Hi folks.

As a regular contributor to the Boston IndyMedia Collective, I think that I can accurately and honestly speak to this subject, though the following is my honest and personal opinion: Boston IndyMedia needs help!

We're a very small collective and there is a TON of work to do. We need warm and able bodies to do the things that we provide a public forum to do: PUBLISH! We need people to write stories, upload media, add their comments and perception to the website! We need people to report the news as they see it, not on a limited number of topics, but on the vast number of important and pressing issues that this movement is facing!

Boston IndyMedia has 5 core members (7 if you count our part-timers) trying to do the work of dozens. We are lucky that we have those dozens who have agreed to volunteer during the DNC itself, people who have already started contributing to our project from outside of town, and a wonderful influx of volunteers converging from all over the nation (and world) in the next few days, but we are very busy, very active, very tired, and very excited to see the events that have started to kick off the counter-Convention protests this week.

There has not been any deliberate neglect of the Bl(a)ck Tea Society by Boston IndyMedia, or anarchists in general or in specific, in our local work. In fact, Boston IndyMedia has mentioned the Bl(a)ck Tea for months in our DNC organizing lit.. For over a year, Bl(a)ck Tea has been the ONLY local organization focusing on the issues of logistics, housing, food, medics and media, with such good intent and great success. We have referred almost 100% of all inquiries to our e-mail, our website and our telephone to the Bl(a)ck Tea Society as a premier organizer for these events.

Unfortunately, one or two Editorial decisions based on legal concerns and privacy issues seem to have upset some anarchist or anti-authoritarian members of our community who have posted comments to this article or e-mailed the IMC Collective on our public lists. Likewise, when an IMC volunteer who had planned to write a feature article for the Bl(a)ck Tea Society was suddenly unable to do so, it has been suddenly interpreted as enemy action. This is totally not the case!

As a contributing volunteer for Boston IndyMedia, I hope that those individuals who are concerned about the time it has taken for our organization to reach concensus on these recent Editorial concerns, or that those who perceive our supposed lack of mention about anarchists, anti-authoritarians, or Bl(a)ck Tea on our website, radio, print or video projects to be a direct attack - please reconsider! There are many options available to people who have these concerns, including many of the steps that concerned individuals have already taken. There are many more things that can be done to further encourage this information on our website. Publish! Please write and contribute on our site about who, what, when, where and why. Tell the world about those things that our small Collective are working hard to help you tell. Rise above pointing fingers and making accusations and give us real news about the huge number of really pressing issues that we all face - we can't publish until you submit it!

July 24, 2004 - Z Boston A, Two things: Black Tea inclusion in IMC, and welcoming outside voices.

I do not know how decisions were made on what to publish or what not to publish. I am a volunteer with Portland Indymedia and I am active in organizing a diverse voice of resistance in the Pacific Northwest. I want to thank Black Tea for all your hard work on putting this alternative to the DNC together. It takes a lot of intense work to bring together such a large endeavor. Now that the planning is over and thousands, upon thousands of people are descending on your community, there can be some confusion and some good ideas lost because of the amount of social energy being generated there. I wish I could meet you in person. I wish I could be there with the people. What you have helped to create is amazing. I and many others are thankful for a place to come together.

Please be patient with our style of communication. There will be much story telling. This is the way humans have communicated for thousands of years. It is the best way. We are trying to teach each other in this extreme hour of darkness. There are millions of people in this country who are trying to get up off their faces and their knees and resist the takeover of the US, and the world. Many are young in their ability to communicate to diverse voices. They know nothing of the Anarchist way of life. And if the first thing they experience about Anarchism is someone saying "you cannot be with us because you are not "radical" enough", then they will lay back down and give up.

In my work with Portland Indymedia I am part of a group of people who are diverse in their view of the world: they call themselves by different names - anarchist, radical, feminist, people, imcistas, etc. We struggle to be with each other in this work. The Earth is in danger and we can all feel it.

Because of the level of danger, many diverse people are coming together to resist. This has been a challenge because each group thinks it's work is more important than the other. Some people are coming from a place of having been isolated for a very long time: politically, socially and culturally. They are full of rage and trying to find a place to voice their rage. These people need to be welcomed. If you a an Anarchist want to teach your philosphy then you need to do it in a way that the searchers can hear.

We have been at times in danger of splitting into factions. There have been provocateur's among us playing on this weakness. Portland Indymedia is spammed each and every day by provacateur's, warmongers, hateful wretched people who think they can place a wedge between those who are rising. I am sure Boston IMC is experiencing the same thing.

Indymedia's are different in their approach. The one thing we have in common is that the voice that is heard is to be non-corporate, personal truth telling. You can write about your efforts to organize this event. It would be a good thing, a good truth-telling, a wonderful way to teach others how to organize. I am sure if you did this, Boston IMC would feature it.

But, don't discourage others from telling of their experience. You have created not a local event, but an international event. Hearing about why others are coming to Boston is a good thing. We need to reach out to those that sense that Kerry is just another corporate shill and start the conversation about what we are going to do about it. There will be many ideas and voices. It will take lots of hard listening. It will be mean learning to give and take. It does not mean that we will ever live the same as we have been living: on our knees, struggling as hard as we can to have anything. The revolution has begun. Take a deep breath and join the hands of diverse people

homepage: homepage: http://boston.indymedia.org/newswire/update/index.php


faa flaws under Garvey (consultant to DNC) 24.Jul.2004 11:22

willamette

 link to www.boston.com


FAA flaws under Garvey detailed
9/11 report says threats downplayed

By Charlie Savage, Boston Globe Staff | July 24, 2004

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Aviation Administration under then-administrator Jane F. Garvey failed to take steps to protect the nation's air fleet from terrorism before the 2001 attacks and its communications were in disarray on the morning of the hijackings, according to a damaging portrait of the agency painted by the 9/11 commission's final report, released this week.

Garvey, a former Logan International Airport chief who ran the FAA from 1997 to 2002 and is now an unpaid consultant to next week's Democratic National Convention in Boston, did not pay ''much attention" to her agency's intelligence unit, the report said. More concerned with addressing operational concerns and safety issues, she didn't read the daily threat reports, it said.

''She was unaware of a great amount of hijacking threat information from her own intelligence unit, which, in turn, was not deeply involved in the agency's policymaking process," the report said.

But while the report details a ''seriously flawed" aviation security system that failed to prevent any of the 19 hijackers from boarding four aircraft at three airports -- including Logan -- Garvey said in an interview yesterday that she disagreed with how the commission characterized the agency's performance during her tenure.

She was always briefed on any top-secret information about aviation threats provided to the FAA by the intelligence community, she said. She relied on her deputies to screen the daily threat reports because, she said, each contained ''hundreds of pieces of information," not all of it related to aviation.

''The top secret and classified information was coming in fairly regularly that summer . . . early spring through August," she said. ''We were aware of more activity [but] the predominant information pointed to a concern for overseas terrorism. I think what is important, at least from the FAA's perspective and my perspective, is that I was receiving everything the agency was receiving."

The commission noted that the FAA wasn't solely to blame for its lack of attention to terrorism: Before 2001, no terrorist had hijacked a US aircraft anywhere in the world since 1986. And members of Congress charged with oversight of the FAA had focused on a ''passenger's bill of rights" to improve customer satisfaction, rather than push the agency to improve security.

In addition, the report praised the FAA for flawlessly executing the unprecedented order to ground all aircraft in the midst of the attacks. Still, it is harsh in its depiction of how the FAA failed to live up to its mandate to protect the nation's civil aviation system prior to the attacks.

For example, internal reports before Sept. 11 showed that X-ray machines and screeners were failing to detect ''even obvious FAA test items," but the agency did not move aggressively to correct the problem. Airlines overseeing checkpoint security ignored a requirement to have random checks of carry-on luggage without any consequences.

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