No civil disobedience (illegal direct action) is planned for the event at Steel Bridge on New Years Day. I don't want anyone getting arrested, or doing anything to get arrested. Since illegal direct action would be harmful to the spirit of the event, you may expect other event participants to testify against anyone who commits illegal acts, like trying to block traffic.
Although highly unlikely, genuine police misconduct can be handled appropriately. There are several PHD's who plan to attend, and other professionals who would make excellent witnesses in court.
This will be a family friendly event, without incident. It is from noon to 2PM, on the walkway(s) across Steel Bridge. The human chain may extend down the east and west waterfront walkways, depending upon turnout.
If you want to have a direct action/civil disobedience event, you have my blessing. Just do it somewhere else.
Let us all work to end the dictatorship being created by the Bush dynasty. This organizer knows that his life may be on the line. The risks are real. Just go to the Japanese Memorial Park to see what can happen here.