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Report from New York!

So much has been going on that I can only tell of a few things, a tiny window into the enormity of this protest. I am of course here with my street medic collective from the bay area, working in a larger network of street medics from all over the country, so that is often the angle I get on things, the cops vs. protesters play-by-play and all the injuries, not to mention heat exhaustion (it's in the 90's and muggy here, feels like cancun!).

Things started off Thursday with a banner drop from The Plaza Hotel by four activists who rappeled from the roof with a sign with opposing arrows with "Bush" and "truth" in opposite directions.

Friday night was a critical mass ride (truly massive), with 5,000 riders and ultimately about 250 people arrested, lots of angry motorists, and general chaos in midtown and lower manhattan.

Sunday, as you all may know by now, was ENORMOUS, with at least half a million people marching in manhattan ALL DAY LONG, wrapping all the way around from union square up to madison square garden and back down to union square, a constant stream from noon until about 5 pm.

Today a few marches and rallies are planned, including Still we rise (community organizations from NYC) and the poor peoples' march (kensington welfare rights union). Then Tuesday will be a whole slew of direct actions, so keep your eyes and ears open.

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Hi folks-
Ingrid here reporting from New York after a weekend full of wonder and excitement, with more to come. So much has been going on that I can only tell of a few things, a tiny window into the enormity of this protest. I am of course here with my street medic collective from the bay area, working in a larger network of street medics from all over the country, so that is often the angle I get on things, the cops vs. protesters play-by-play and all the injuries, not to mention heat exhaustion (it's in the 90's and muggy here, feels like cancun!). But I'm trying hard not to have tunnel vision.

Things started off Thursday with a banner drop from The Plaza Hotel by four activists who rappeled from the roof with a sign with opposing arrows with "Bush" and "truth" in opposite directions. A police officer got hurt in the arrest (he stepped through a skylight on the roof) and now the four are being charged with double felonies and are facing 25 years.

Friday night was a critical mass ride (truly massive), with 5,000 riders and ultimately about 250 people arrested, lots of angry motorists, and general chaos in midtown and lower manhattan. As I didn't have a bike, I didn't ride, but just seeing the crowds was fantastic. That medics and media got arrested along with other riders sucked.

Sunday, as you all may know by now, was ENORMOUS, with at least half a million people marching in manhattan ALL DAY LONG, wrapping all the way around from union square up to madison square garden and back down to union square, a constant stream from noon until about 5 pm. A few scuffles involving a flaming green dragon (folks thought the smoke might be tear gas, but seeing aerial photos it's now clear that it was burning plastic) and so-called "black block" protesters resulted in some arrests and pepper-spraying. But otherwise things were pretty calm, just very hot and humid. Later in the afternoon and on into the evening, smaller roving groups wound around the theater district on broadway near times square harrassing republicans as they attended plays. There were a number of arrests, including five street medics who were singled out, searched, and hauled off in a flash. I was right there, and narrowly escaped the police. After that the medics were very careful, since we felt we might be targetted -- I'll be keeping that in mind for the rest of the protests.

Today a few marches and rallies are planned, including Still we rise (community organizations from NYC) and the poor peoples' march (kensington welfare rights union). Then Tuesday will be a whole slew of direct actions, so keep your eyes and ears open. I'm playing it safe (that's my job here!), and I'm just so wowed by the friendliness (and anti-republican sentiment) of the vast majority of new yorkers.

Check out indymedia.org and democracynow.org for more info.

Peace,
Ingrid
 
 


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Re: Report from New York!

This summer’s cynical media circuses, the Democratic and Republican national presidential conventions, have a sinister overlay, as the Homeland Security department decreed both “special security events.? These red-white-and-blue capitalist spectacles—whose platforms are nonbinding, whose delegates decide nothing, and whose nominees, John Kerry and George Bush, are predetermined—are surrounded by massive state surveillance. Inside the Democratic National Convention (DNC), it looked a lot like a Republican rally, as after the liberals pushed the “anybody but Bush? line all year, what they got was a candidate trying to out-Bush Bush in flag-waving tough-cop rhetoric. John Kerry promptly embraced the 9/11 Commission Report, with its appalling bipartisan proposals to ratchet up state repression, stating on July 27, “I will and I can wage a more effective war on terror than George Bush.?


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Re: Report from New York!

The Democratic Party is part of the problem.
They voted for or failed to stop the Iraq war resolution turning Bush into a wartime president.
They voted for or failed to stop the Patriot Act.
They voted for or failed to stop John Ashcroft.
They voted for or failed to stop Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy.
They voted for or failed to stop the Medicare fiasco.
They lost the 2002 midterm elections, contrary to historical tradition.
In 1983, the Democrats controlled 23 more state legislatures than the Republicans; today the Republicans control five more than the Democrats.
In 1983, there were 18 more Democratic governors than Republican ones; Now there are three more. New York, Massachusetts, Kentucky, California, Florida and Texas are all Republican controlled.
More young adults today identify themselves as Republicans than 20 years ago, while fewer identify themselves as Democrats.
 

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