Hey I just got home from NYC and wanted to throw in a bit of what I noticed.
Specifically regarding the cop presence ...On August 29 with half a million people jammed into major streets surrounding madison square garden the police were fairly laid back and all dressed in their *blues*. This resulted in people in the streets having actual conversations with them and inquiring after their contracts, etc. I did see a handful of cops with riot helmets on that you could clearly see their face through, but that was just a hat paired with the policeman blue cloth outfit. Aside from my affinity for fashion, the reason I post this is to underscore the fact that police systematically escalate reactions ("violence") from protestors at Portland events by dressing up in their full body, no skin showing, storm trooper riot outfits. It was startling for me to talk to cops and have them respond like humans during a protest. We are so completely getting fucked by the robo-cop routine they pull here in portland. We bring what? 500? a 1,000? people to a protest here and you're lucky if the officer is wearing his badge number on top of his thick black padded chest.
Tactic:This is super simple but it was one of the most effective things I saw at the RNC, People would mingle in the throngs of pedestrians at Times Square where a ton of delegates were walking around catching dinner or a play. In pairs, and sometimes with a camcorder, would simply walk up to the delegates and **calmly** and very **firmly** say things like "You are not welcome here and you need to leave. New York doesn't want you, this city is against you." etc. The delegates that I observed, faced with such calm and very personal confrontation just shut down in shock, stuttered, were basically floored with discomfort. Whereas when they walked into plays through rows of people chanting in unison they looked irritated or enraged but were able to tune us out or explain us away as "those people". The interpersonal confrontation was just rad. File for reference.