portland independent media center  
images audio video
newswire article commentary portland metro

actions & protests post-selection actions

A brainstorm on protest & action strategy, in the context of the pdx nov. 3 actions...

some hopefully useful analysis, written in the context of today's protest and an invitation for further dialogue.

Let's make the next day of action (j20 Inauguration?) a lot better!

Many people have written expressing their frustration with the Nov. 3 (and other recent) protests, namely the extreme control the police have over the crowd. They wield this control with ease, despite our often vastly superior numbers and (hopefully!) superior intellect.

This is an attempt to start a dialogue to address this problem.

I've tried to be clear and accessible, but I am writing from 1am-4am so if you have questions or if I refer to something confusing in here, let me know and I'll try to clarify. write verytemppdx@yahoo.com or just post here.

about me: my opinions come from my experience collaborating in organizing a number medium sized (50-1000) person actions, including some of a somewhat confrontational nature (takeovers, road blockades, reclaim the streets, critical mass, etc.) and from the WTO protest organizing. I'm not a protest organizing expert and I have a lot to learn, but I feel I've seen enough to share some basic knowledge and ideas.

I'm writing this quite freshly, hours after the events sparking many of the thoughts. I definitly welcome criticism and I'll probably forget important things.

First off:
1) The police (or their higher ups or whatever) are ultimately to blame for the situation, we are by and large limited to reactions to the environment they create.
2) There was no organization(s) "in charge" of this protest and it was called really late, which, next to the cops, was clearly a determining factor in what happened.
3) I'm not trying to lay blame - I didn't do anything to make the situation better myself; we're all to blame and we all most likely had other things keeping us from being more prepared and equiped.
4) While protests are definitly definitly not everything, a successful protest can be a really really good thing. An unsuccesful one can by pretty sucky. Protests are often about morale (ours, but also the cops) as much as any other thing.
5) Much of the below applies to smaller actions (5-50 people) as well.

Ok, enough caveat and intro....

----------------

http://buskers.org/steeltoedboots/protest/seven.jpg

If the police have a plan and we don't we're clearly fucked, unless we're all in a remarkably good and clear head space. Unless we are content being corralled on the sidewalk, split into 6 groups, and eventually semi-dispersing due to mass confusion we must come more prepared to deal with the police behavior. It's so sad to here the chants, "this is what democracy looks like" and "whose streets? our streets" when the reality is so clearly the opposite!

Being prepared for the police involves several components, which I detail below:
1) Good targets
2) Good affinity groups
3) Good planning
4) Good training/orientation
5) Good communication
6) Good tactics and strategy
7) Good opportunities

I. Good targets.

Good target often make an action. They're not crucial but they sure help. Think office building, bank, convention center, jail, federal building, bridge, highway, etc. Targetless protests are typically meandering hoards that (as we saw on Nov 3) are high susceptible to dispersal tactics and general confusion.

Good targets have both physical and substantive values - a bulding with 900 security guards may not be the best target. A company that fucks both workers, the environment, etc. in combination might make a great target.

II. Good affinity groups.

If you get one thing from reading this please let it be this. Please consider coming to your next protest with a group of 5-25 trusted friends / comrades. Whether you have affinty group experience or not, it's always a good idea! Meet with them before the protest. Maybe meet a lot, maybe a little. Your purpose can be large or small, but have a clear intent and stick together. Why?

a) affinity groups - are far more capable of pulling off actions (whether it be fully legal things, assertions of civil rights, civil disobedience or "vandalism") by the miracles of planning . They can aquire equipment, run thru scenarios, work as a group much more effectively -- spotaneous actions run far greater risk of failure (but of course are important too!). These actions can be independent of or in conjunction with the crowds at a protest.

http://www.portlandphoenix.com/archive/features/02/10/04/image/feat_protest_puppets.gif

b) affinity groups - through comedy, drama, costumes, puppets, songs, fancy signs, dancing, flags, music, chants, actions, or what have you - typically provide the most exciting elements of a protest. Without them we're just a bunch of (sometimes witty) cardboard signs and typically recycled slogans. "This is what democracy looks like" has been a chant for 40 years now - we can do better!!

c) affinity groups - whether doing a) or b) above or not, are often critical merely for initiating larger crowd action. 1 person saying "let's all get off the dumb side walk and into the street" doesn't do anything (as I certainly experienced on Wednesday)! 15 people saying so, while linking arms, grabing people's hands, and gently scooping the crowd in that direction can do so 100 times more effectively. This is obviously just one example. This takes very little prep time, just a basic agreement of tactics before a protest can be enough. Obviously I'm not saying affinty groups should force the crowd, but they can more quickly invigorate the many people who may be thinking the same things you are.

d) Black Blocs - ok something has to be said about this. I hope this will be my only super-preachy part of this essay.

You can't just make a call for a black bloc and hope for success, at least not in this country where 99.9% of activists have never been in a black bloc.

http://www.infoshop.org/news5/wash4-thumb.jpg

Doing a successful Black Bloc action typically takes a tight, disciplined affinity group, perhaps with some people who have jumped onboard at the last minute. There are numerous roles that should ideally be filled (lookouts, medic, communications, equipment, etc.). Rapid communication and decision making during an action is really important. These criteria simply cannot be met when most or all of the Black Bloc wasn't prepared before hand. I'm not saying that it can only be done with people who meet and plan before hand, just that it's exceedingly more difficult without.

Black Bloc without preperation, without a plan, and without a defined role, have turned into "arrest fest" and sometimes just fashion statements.


III. Good planning

It's great that we all spill into the streets with spontanteity and it's important that we do so whenever the police shoot someone, a 9/11 happens, or whatever. But, we knew election 2004 was coming for 4 years (of course longer actually...) so there is no reason we couldn't have been more prepared.

a) Spokescouncil meetings

Some form of meta-organization is absolutely critical for successful protests of over a few dozen, and certainly over a few hundred people. If you know a time like this is coming up in your town, you should help get one together.

http://www.areaboard6.ca.gov/res/gif/saccomplete.jpg

Spokescouncils are meetings of representatives of affinity groups, or of committees, working on a particular aspect of a protest. They take a shit load of work to pull of and you should count on them taking 2-10 times longer than you might think - which is why we should have a spokescouncil for J20 starting, well, a few months ago. But seriously though, better late than never!

Spokescouncils can be more open, but if security and time efficiency are concerns having them as closed meeting with even 1 member of each affinity group is best. Secret locations and careful behavior has allowed for even very high profile actions to be pulled off in the past that dozens, or even 100s of people have known about before hand. Understanding and being ok with "need-to-know" is important.

This type of preplanning allows people to make sure that actions being pulled off are done in a manner that augments the power of each individual action: making sure all intersections are blocked, that cops are destracted in one place while something else is happening, that there is enough medics at the right place, that communication is well planned (see more below).

b) Pre-Organized protests

Pre-organized actions/protests - where only a portion of the crowd knows the plan before hand - can be highly effective and take a LOT less time than spokescouncils.

However they can get very disorderly (when not enough people know what's up or want to go along with "the plan") and can limit the # of people learning new organizing skills and tactics. {It also limits the number of people getting burned out or fed up with or being de facto excluded by ridiculously long meetings!} Some people find this heirarchical. i would say yes, but heirachy I also believe that instiutions (small, temporary ones) don't make heirarchy nearly as much as people utilizing institutions make heirarchy and most all "organizing" involves some sort of institution. But I'm not here for that debate.

Some of the best pre-organized actions I've been to were in Olympia. For several years on May Day, a crowd would gather at an public location(s), and move to a secret "reclaim the steets" spot, where only a handful of people knew and (ideally) were preparing fun stuff for the crowd. Likewise an occupation of the Dems campaign HQ in 2000 there was stellar - 200 people showed up for a rally around indigenous issues and the U'wa. Then - surprising everybody and of course the HQ - we ended up marching right into the HQ from a park nearby. 7 hours and like 20 arrests later, we had a super empowering action, which (love it or hate it) got national media attention and got people amped for future stuff.

A small group of people can plan an action out well, present it to each of their 10 friends and *poof*: a 50 person action happens with minimal prep!


IV. Good communications

An effective large protest demands walkie talkies or a cell phone communication system. If one end of the march is getting the crap beat out of them and the other has no idea that sucks. If there is a cop trap somewhere that people are headed right into that's not so good.

http://www.net.hu/telecomputer/5_15/6_1.gif

For big protests a scouting and communications affinity group or cluster of affinity groups is very very useful. The WTO protests would NEVER have successfully stopped meetings the first day with it. People were in the right place at the right time because people with cell phone, walkie talkies, bikes, and megaphones were in the crowd and using them very effectively to direct the crowd to important areas.

The cops communicate very effectively - we won the WTO protests in part b/c we communicated more effectively than they did.


V. Good Training

Having direct action, civil disobedience, and affinity group trainings frequently before protests (which - no joke - would and should be constantly in a city like portland) are very useful.

Good media trainings, legal trainings, and issues trainings are also indispensible. Cops directly lie, break laws, use chemical weapons, use initimidation tactics, make up laws, and violate our rights. Media look to interview the most outstanding people they can find. If people don't know this stuff going into a protest situation, they will spend the entire experience in awe rather than in action. Trainings are no substitute for real experience, but they serve important roles.

The more people that: understand their rights, understand how to form soft blockades (linking arms, etc.), understand how to make group decisions quickly, have practiced action scenarios, have pretended to be cops and protesters, have heard the latest news about cop tactics, and that - most importantly - have the CONFIDENCE and inspiration for greater militancy that these workshops bestow upon people the better chance we have of having an empowering protest.

Furthermore, trainings are an excellent "advertisement" for actions *especially* when they are followed immediately or soon after by action as opposed to being left in the realm of abstraction. Wouldn't it be well if at every protest people were handing out adverts to the next cool training in town?

http://greywolf.critter.net/images/ironclaw/standups/icsu03/marker-fear.gif

The Bush administration has had one single greatest success in my mind - inspiring fear in the heart of every single person in this country (and most people abroad too). Activists - although not as concerned with terrorists - have been as hard hit by this as anyone. People are so much less likely to do things that might even potentially risk a ticket - let alone maybe risking arrest - than they were 5 years ago that I leave each protest I attend more stunned than the last.

Good trainings, good preperation, and good affinity groups will be the biggest part of the solution to this problem.


VI. Good tactics and good strategy (I use the word "tactics" in the broadest possible sense, as in all of "the tools in our toolbox": direct actions, types of messaging, ways of confronting police, getting inside buildings, talking to the media, speechifying, etc., etc. I use the word strategy to mean the usage of a tactics in a well considered, effective manner).

We need to continually be re-evaluating our tactics and strategy, sharing our knowledge and experiences with others, and researching ideas before carrying them out. This is and must be the responsibility of organizers and affinty groups - the result of calculated decisions. A change in tactics or strategy will not just magically happen "in the streets", no matter how badly it needs to happen.

The critical thing is this: most of what we do has been done before. This is both a curse (b/c the cops may already know our tricks) and a blessing (b/c we have so much to learn from). Chances are the basic idea of whatever you're doing has been done before. The challenge is to do it differently and better.

Take the Critical Mass Bike ride tonight. Rather than assembling and doing a downtown ride during the main protest - which would have most likely led to a major arrest fest - critical mass dispersed soon after it gathered, and reconvined for a trip to the Eastside. All of the cops were downtown with the protest pens: meanwhile critical mass road free up and down MLK, Broadway, Wieldler, and 12th street! No arrests, no tickets and from all accounts it was tons of fun.

That's innovation, forced upon a group that has endured tons of police harrasment. This basic change of strategy marked a stark contrast to non-strategy of the downtown marches.

Another example off topic of tonight's events: tree-sits. Was a useful tactic for gaining media attention, but less so every year. Also protects a small area of forest and creating a physical focal point for a community. Although recent technological advances upping protective capacities and a greater focus on the communities at some tree-sits have created some changes, many feel this is a seriously overused tactic in OR and CA. However it *kinda* still works so it's easier said than done - time for a new tactic? time for further innovation of the old?


VII. Good opportunities

Almost nothing is more important than being in the right place at the right time and doing the right thing. This means being on the lookout!

Nov. 3 would have been an outstanding time to target somewhere away from the main march downtown with a solid action of some sort.

In the broader scheme of things watching the news, as painful as it is, inspires great opportunities. Why wasn't there a "we are all the downtown vagrants" action last year during all the b.s. editorials in the Oregonian about the problems with the downtown people?

Missing opportunities, or worse seceding opportunities without a fight, is at least as much of a problem. When we left pioneer square on wednesday people we're immediately corralled onto the sidewalk by about 5 cops. We never got the streets back for more than a few minutes. THERE WAS 800 OF US AND 5 COPS!!

Again, solid, prepped affinity groups - because they have the ability to take initiative and leadership - are absolutely critical in these situations. Affinity groups should think about these really obvious cops-do-it-every-time contingencies and plan their responces accordingly in advance.

ok i'm going to bed!

Resources for further reading:

1. Direct Action to Stop the War activist handbook:
2. Ruckus Society resources page
3. ACT UP's CD manual
4. A Non-violent action handbook
5. Affinity groups
6. Black Bloc


hmmmm 04.Nov.2004 05:29

ingredients

Goals. An articulable, achievable goal. Like "Prevent the WTO from meeting."

This week's "N3" events never seemed to have a defined purpose, so how can anyone even say whether the events were "successful" or not?

They certainly attracted a lot of attention. In that sense, they were smashing successes. Congratulations!

Thank you 04.Nov.2004 05:46

justa marxist

This was a completely comprehensive and well thought out posting, especially for being written so early in the morning.

awesome work! 04.Nov.2004 12:55

Z

This is exactly what we need right now. A plan that is workable, tactics that are knowable, communication that helps us move beyond our current divisiveness.

In a post on the site right now...Starhawk asks us to make our relationships stronger.

"We can support each other. As Iıve been traveling around the country, I see
many progressive groups faltering or splintering not over deep political
divisions but out of frustration with interpersonal conflicts. Maybe itıs
time to take a deep breath, think of one irritating ally you have trouble
getting along with, and resolve to allow them just a little more leeway for
being imperfect and human. We will never have the luxury of building a
movement solely of likeable, congenial friends. We need to develop more
skills for resolving conflicts among us, and a realization that even
annoying people can still have common goals and take common action together.
Now, more than ever, we need to, strengthen our solidarity, give each other
comfort and succor, know that we are all in this together, and together we
can make it through. "

This work should be featurized! It's a good start to the work we need to do.

Boy I wish this was FEATURED! 04.Nov.2004 17:59

...

Another idea, less tried but pretty true.
If you are a white male, you have a certain amount of privilege in this country. That's just the fucked up way things are. At protests this is blatantly apparent, though not so much so as at other times. Women, especialy of color, are usually the first to be targeted by police.
Now, sex and skin color aside, class/fashion plays largely into it. Black bloc kids, white male or no, will get fucked with. Punks too, and messy haired hippies. On to my point: wearing a suit, formal or casual, clean, neat, classy, will make you MUCH less of a target. This works for other sexes/races, but to a lesser degree, due to our nation's social climate.
Basically, if you are a white dude in a suit, cops have a HARD TIME fucking with you. They don't want to. They have been trained to protect you, and they will certainly think twice before targeting, snatching, spraying, or beating you. You can walk in the street, talk/yell to the police, arbitrate, haggle and defy more easily. Basically, using this privilege to our advantage (And to their great disadvantage) is something we should think about doing more often.
I, of course, fully understand and respect the argument about Waring what you will to make whatever statement.
It's just tactically useful, especialy for more or less covert operations, slashing tires, minor sabotage, etc. It's also more effective than a badly organized black bloc because there is usually a certain amount of other professional types downtown, which you blend in with.
This has all been proven true time and time again my by anarchist friend who shows up to marches in nice work clothing, blue button-down, pleated pants, shiny shoes (All of which you can get at almost any thrift shop for pretty cheap, you might be surprised) and gets away with pretty much anything. Ultimately, it will also cause the police to be less trustful of nicely dressed white men. *sweet*

So next time you are going to an action, planning on anything direct or not, think about dawning a suit with your friends, you'll get away with more than you might think!

suit bloc 04.Nov.2004 21:36

asfas

The suit bloc -- I love it!!

the suit idea is, of couse, brilliant, not new, but still... 04.Nov.2004 23:42

aaro aarolowe@ziplip.com

not only would activists wearing suits confuse the police it would also hamper the media. if more and more people were wearing suits, hair not unkempt, and peircings hidden, the media would have a more diffucult time just filming the hippie/anarchist being pepper sprayed. also people in the business community might( i stress might) start feeling a bit more sympethetic to "protesters". as it is, they can get a feeling of "us v/s them", turning them off to whatever they see. outside of the portland bubble many people, who are not activists, see the footage on fox, or whichever major media channel, protesting, and immediately see themselves in a higher ground. it is unfortunate, because, the war, or foreign policy, wto, nafta, etc. affects all of us; but the majority of people watching these media outfits allow themselves to be programmed against whatever they see as different from themselves. maybe it would be good to also dress as hunters, nurses, farmers... i mean, tuck your shirt in, wear flannel(not grungy style), red white and blue, and such. the point of it is... not to try and alienate ourselves from the people we are trying to change. they are still human, even if they are trying to ignore any issue they are not sure about. to me, that is why the hippies weren't as effective as they could have been. i agree that is important to be yourself, an individual, but it seems the majority of the united states is not interested in this. they would rather belong. and many activists i have known want to belong to their own social clique. this is not high school! it seems it would be easier and more productive to try and make people realize we are all more similar than different.

This is terrible 04.Nov.2004 23:49

Concerned

The righties have really gone overboard this time. Look at this if you dare. Infoshop Vandalized terrible

Only if we are stupid 05.Nov.2004 00:44

Dorothy

"1) The police (or their higher ups or whatever) are ultimately to blame for the situation, we are by and large limited to reactions to the environment they create."

Smart people don't go into the environment they create.

Here's An 05.Nov.2004 01:57

Amusing Post


HERE'S A STARTING PLACE... 05.Nov.2004 09:59

Anthony Vicari anthony@stopbushseattle.com

Here is the website for the upcomming January 20th Presidential Inaugaration.  http://inaugaral.senate.gov/ I suggested this because we can throw eggs like on Farenheit 9/11...
A well-coordinated mass-mooning of the motorcade would also catch attention...Of course, any fresh fruit or tomatoes....cabages would be awkward...The point of this would be to counter the message of the Presidential Inaugaration. The message should be that we are a deeply divided country and not united behind this moron.


SOmething to consider about DC 05.Nov.2004 11:59

Fellow Traveler

I'm pretty sure the secret service isn't gonna let that happen this innaguration. But best of luck anyway. I think a more effective display would be national anti-innaguration protests in every city, as big, loud, and as militant as possible.

Solidarity!

Matt in Los Angeles

Take it to the next level 05.Nov.2004 12:13

burbie-boy

Another crowd of oddly-dressed young people yelling in empty streets is hardly news. If you want to make a real statement, you've got to use machinery to cause isolated incidents of chaos that highlight a corrupt Bush policy and maybe get some people to think. Oppose his brutal bombing in Iraq? dump a truckload of bloody-looking mannicans in the freeway. Disgusted by his defense spending? Paint some giant pieces of pipe to look like missiles and dump them in the freeway. Anything dumped in the freeway is gonna make news....

Stand Up, Walk Tall or Sit Down in the Streets -- or Shut Up! 05.Nov.2004 12:36

Lawrence Maushard

all this planning and such is fine. but ultimately it comes down to simple courage and the personal acceptance of getting fucked over and arrested by the cops.

i see a lot of talk about being corraled into the sidewalks and having the crowds cut up into too many mini-protests. that's what happens when people aren't ready to walk the walk.

the Nov. 3 actions were a perfect opportunity for some real protests, taking to the streets and staying there. but that involves personal sacrifice.

several hundred determined people in the streets, maybe several 1,000s, cannot by stopped by police. at least not at the beginning. these folks have to be ready to take to the streets and keep marching for all their worth as far as they can make it.

eventually the cops may cordone them off or put up enough thugs in the street to prevent forward progress. the marchers have to be ready to turn on a dime, reverse course, or head in another direction. or simply to sit down and await the inevitable.

truly protesting the gov't war crimes and election theft can't be done with a permit, an approval by the very chain-of-command hacks who enable the war freaks in Washington.

so if you really want to protest in the streets, expect a reaction and expect to pay the price.

if you protest under the sanction of the police and local gov't, then it isn't really protesting, is it?

if we can just get up the backbone of enough folks who might turn out for the Saturday noon rally in Pioneer Square, and get them en masse to take to the street, not have any fear, and fill up the streets, the intersections, and, yes, the jails, then we will have accomplished so much more than the recent past.

that's what it takes. courage and the realization that things have gotten so bad that whatever personal sacrifices we make are really nothing compared to the victims and sufferings caused by the people who have hijacked control of our nation.

wouldn't it be worth it to see fear in the eyes of the fuckin' cops for once?

see ya in the streets.

Again we go. 05.Nov.2004 13:46

countzero

This has all been done before. Last year we organized like mad and discussed thing like this in similar depth, protests always go in waves of intrest and right now we are somewhere in one (the peak? the end? the beginning?) and we should of course capatalize on the energy.
There are people planning things (not in the highly read indymedia format) and there will be ways to plug in. I am under the understanding that there will be an emial for the kids that our organizing etc.

affinity groups 05.Nov.2004 13:58

me angelinsectalien@yahoo.com

does anyone know of any good radical anti-oppressive affinity groups that want folks? anyone know how to fine em? my friends are liberals and i really need some folks to work with...

Market Power 05.Nov.2004 18:20

flapdoodle flapdoodle64@yahoo.com

Not to dis on street protests, but we need to think of ways to make the corporate fascists uncomfortable. Make their stock prices go down. 55 million people voted against Bush. We need to use as much of that market power as possible.

I say we start some mass boycotts. We boycott every cable and satellite TV services NATIONWIDE, we get say, 30 million of us to call up the company and say they are cancelling service immediately. Then we tell them when they drop FOX News we might start up service again. The key is, we reach out to every internet Peace/Progressive organization, zine, blog, etc. with the message. We reach out to sympathetic churches, temples, mosques with these programs. There are lots of religious folks out there who hate the war and will be willing to spread the word of boycotts. We reach out, we communicate, we be patient, we don't cuss in front of nice church people, we use discipline, strategy and market forces. We make Fox News a pariah, we drop cable/satellite TV subscriptions by 20%, we boycott companies that advertise on Fox.

The key is reaching out, linking us with the regular people out there and getting them involved in really simple basic concrete stuff.

The Pope scolded Bush about the war. Portland has some great liberal churches, like St. Andrews Catholic on Alberta Street. I advise going there on a Sunday AM, 9:30 service, check it out. Very gay friendly. Very Funky for a church, I kid you not.

Market power. Strategy. Like it or not, America moves on money. Politics follows the money. The thing is to start simple but be massive. And to do massive we need to link with every good ally we can find.

protest: no vaseline 05.Nov.2004 23:59

johnson&johnson

protest is passive

protest is reactive, is response

actions that take it to them before they take it to us...

actions that damage/cripple their ability to wage war at home or abroad...

actions that damage/cripple the capitalist system, that seek to sever its numerous tentacles

actions that preempt them before they preempt us are...

necessary

shall we continue to prune the flower boxes of the concentration camp?

or shall we tear down its chimney, tear out its murderous capacity brick by brick?

no, i forgot, you still think this thing is salvageable

target 06.Nov.2004 19:36

Bushwhacked

Corpy Media is enemy #1. They are the ones killing our brothers and sisters here and abroad.
We should storm their little pillboxes and run our own show.

To "ME" 07.Nov.2004 21:36

Oni

The idea behind an affinity group is that you trust the people in it to have your back. if your affinity group is made up of folks that were found on IMC then there's no way to know that they're not cops or infiltrators who will rat you out the minute you commit a crime or break the 5 person "conspiracy" threshold. If your friends are liberals get them to go with you in a less militant capacity, holding signs or just marching for example, otherwise get involved with a group and develope some personal bonds.

Guerilla Theater 08.Nov.2004 10:48

flapdoodle flapdoodle64@yahoo.com

I think the ideas so far involving staged "theatrical" action like blocking an intersection with bloody human replicas or phoney missles are good.

Another idea along this line is get a bunch of people dressed up like the hooded Iraqi POW hooked up to the electrodes from the Abu Gharib scandal. I think we lost an opportunity earlier this year, that image should have become the symbol of the Bush administration. We should be working to link the Bushies with the images of their atrocities.

Anyway, we get a bunch of us or even one of us dressed that way, posing that way, standing on the crate like the poor guy in the photo, and we do that at Saturday Market, every Sat/Sun. from now until Christmas. And we have a sign that says: "Brought to you by [fill in your favorite: Fox News/Bush Cheney/Christian Coalition/Wal Mart or whatever]" And we hand out flyers with our message.

I think we have to work on inciting a moral outrage to the public. This nonesense in the mainstream media about "moral" issues winning the election for Bush has pissed me off. How moral is torture and genocide? Every one of those 100,000 civilians we've killed in Iraq was a fetus once. We have to demolish the myth that the Right has some kind of moral superiority.

Below is a web address where you can find a picture of the POW in question.

 http://billandkent.com/gallery/abu-gharib-torture-photos/prisonerabuse2


I'll protest with every breath I take... 08.Nov.2004 21:00

George Bush is a monkey

I am not viewed as a "citizen" --- I am just a consumer in the eyes of the combination government/corporate money making machine. No matter how much I protest, demonstrate, or exercise various styles of activism, I will always be in the minority. I am not going to change anyone who does not want to change from within.

I do not truly have control over anything but myself. I do not--- I will not--- support the same companies that are oppressing me and destroying everything I love. My life is mine. Protesting in the street is but a small portion of life. It may be important, but it is not the biggest stand one can take. Take control and live everyday as an ongoing understanding to be true. Resist the temptation to overindulge in consumption. Trying to free myself from this fucked up system is the only thing that helps me make sense of things. Change begins from within. If one is true then others will be inspired along the way.

I do not want to be filled with anger! I refuse to give up...

Facilitated consensus for direct action affinity groups 09.Nov.2004 03:59

FOR A GOOD ACTION TRY THIS...

To have a good action scribe this on the wall for all to see...

1. Action plan/proposal date:
Coordinating Affinity Group(s):
_____________ ___________ ____________ _____________ ________________
Facilitator Notetaker time keeper vibes watcher spokes person

History/Backround:

Intention:

Point of focus/target:

Goals:

2nd goals:

Message:

Communications:

Mobalizations:

Logistics:

Exit Strategies:

Follow ups:

Analasis/debriefing:

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

2.Call for Consensus AKA Have a meeting

Meeting Agenda Date: Time:

_____________ ____________ _____________ _____________ __________________
Facilitator Note taker Time keeper vibeswatcher spokes person

TIME
Introductions:

Review last meetings notes:

Agenda content:

Budget Report:

Action/Meeting report Backs:

Break
Exisiting Propoals/Action plans:

New proposals/plans spokesperson presentations:

Break
Todays Actions and Affinity Groups:

Analisis of consensus process:

Action Roles:
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

3. Action Roles and Affinity Groups
Intention:

DIRECT ACTION AFFINITY GROUPS / ACTION ROLES

FORWARD/Front lines:
Facilitator Documenter Timekeeper Vibeswatcher Spokesperson

____________ ____________ ____________ ____________ ______________ \

____________ ____________ ____________ ____________ ______________ S

____________ ____________ ____________ ____________ ______________ P

____________ ____________ ____________ ____________ ______________ O

Frontlines, Blockers, Climbers, Tree sitters, Fence shakers, Banner drops, Lockdowns, Cop K control, Occupations, Liberators, Guerrilla Art, Documentation, De-arresters, Tear gas management, Evacuations, Sounds and rhythm, Chant leaders, Sparky and the Wrench E

COORDINATING: S
Facilitator Documenter Timekeeper Vibeswatcher Spokesperson

____________ ____________ ____________ ____________ ______________

____________ ____________ ____________ ____________ ______________

____________ ____________ ____________ ____________ ______________ C
Accommodations, Communications, Media, Logistics, Legal, Trainings, Transportation,
Navigation, Translations, Negotiations, De-escalations, Community Outreach, Budget O administration, Documentation, Office, phones, Fax, Web, Meeting scribing, Contact
information, Maps, Calendars, Speakers, Sound systems, Campaine planning, U

SUPPORT: N
Facilitator Documenter Timekeeper Vibeswatcher Spokesperson

____________ ____________ ____________ ____________ ______________ C

____________ ____________ ____________ ____________ ______________ I

____________ ____________ ____________ ____________ ______________ L

____________ ____________ ____________ ____________ ______________ /
Medical, Media, Legal, Photos, Video, Radio, Banners, Flyers, Community Relations, Recycling,
Set up, Sounds, Rhythm , Fun, Art and Theater, Traffic control, Child care, Stuff watch, Warm bodies, Water, Food, Welcome greeters, Contact collectors, Flank Scouting, Head counts, Directions, Exit Strategies, De escalation's, Negotiators, Jail vigils, Hospital visits, Court support, Clean up, Banner recovery, Thank yous, Consensus Analysis, Dissenter advocacy

*Asthma/Diabetic **Non-arrestables: For medical, political, financial or family reasons.

"Revolution Is Bloody" 12.Nov.2004 00:14

Spawn of X

"The Russian Revolution, what was it based on land. The landless against the landlord. Why did they want land? Independence! How did they bring it about? Bloodshed; you haven't got a revolution that doesn't involve bloodshed. And you're afraid to bleed; I said you're afraid to bleed..."

Malcolm X

12-12--04, protest in Salem 08.Dec.2004 12:46

Eric flapdoodle64@yahoo.com

Sure, Kerry took Oregon, but we have to deal with insanity that is happening in Florida, Ohio, ect.

Sunday, 12-12-04. Noon. The steps of the state Capital in Salem. A march to protest the flawed/fraudulant national presidential electoral process. Concurrent marches in the other 59 states in Wash. DC. A time to express your displeasure at the national elections. I recommend this. Also, please forward to potentially sympathetic persons.

State Coordinator: Peter J. Hamer
Email:  phamer@cascadeaccess.com
City: Estacada
Capital City: Salem
Meet on the steps of the capital building
March Begins: NOON

ORGANIZATIONS:
Democracy for America (DFA) Salem
ActionSpeaks Portland

COMMENTS:
Many thanks to all who wrote to say you are coming. We have people coming from Junction City, Florence, Corvallis, Eugene, Portland, Salem, Woodburn, and my hometown, the humble liberal enclave in Estacada. Chris Leck of Portland IndyMedia plans to attend as a still photographer. Wear something orange. An orange ribbon just below your flag lapel pin will look great! See you there!

J20 FLASHMOBS #1 Bush Contributor Exxon/Mobil 01.Jan.2005 20:01

Yammy

Depending on the number ofparticipants in your city, two or more flashmobs could descendon various locations and then converge with the main counter-inaugural protest (before moving elsewhere). Esso/Exxon/Mobil provides an internationally unifying group of landmarks and could provide a clear link between Bush, corporations, oil, war, and the system in general.
Flashmobs could be a great way to rally the troops. It may not be easy but it's also not to late (and might be fun) -- so get busy, get active, get revolting!

 http://www.flashmob.com/faq.html
 http://xflashmobs.com/faq.asp
 http://www.pacificenvironment.org/stopexxonmobil