Portland and now New York

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Portland and now New York

Postby Ross » Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:18 am

We are actively seeing the results of a lack of activity. NYPD took down NY OWS at 1:30am this morning. If there was 100,000 in the streets of Portland or NY, instead of 1000, neither camp would have been shut down. Our solidarity must manifest itself on the streets. There is no other way, all else is rhetoric. One hand clapping. Get up, get out and shout - It is our voice that the rest of the world will hear, or not. Its our call, join together and stand as one, or watch one after another get shut down, until finally we join the ranks of the fallen.

Ira from the Systemic Change Work Group has called for a March in solidarity with NY and Portland today. Gathering at WJP at 11am. Another idea was just raised, "take this march to Down Town Park Blocks" and have a candle light vigil. Float hundreds of candles in the fountain, sing, chant and just reoccupy the Park Lots for the day, until dark at least, for the best effects of the candle vigil. ???? I liked the idea presented by Danial, and thought i would throw it out there. No matter what we decide to do, please just be there to do whatever we decide to do.

I am hoping that Actions will help get the call for a "flash march" for solidarity out to all they can, email, the forums, phone calls and word of mouth
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Re: Portland and now New York

Postby rickettsia » Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:16 pm

The march was awesome, powerful, and impressive for such an impromptu event! (Yay Ira and all participants!!) It highlighted the need for a "flashmob" system of sorts, or at least a text/email distribution list beyond our listservs? I know that Portland has something like this, kind of an "oh shit" text system. I would like to investigate this a bit more - does anyone know how we could set something like this up that anyone can sign on for?

We could have one for impromptu/flashmob actions, and one for "the police are upon us and we need bodies now". There are likely many in the community that sympathize with us from their homes with minimal presence who would come out to make sure we are supported if something were to happen like the raids in PDX, OWS and Oakland. I would love to know what kind of interest there is for folks who want to pursue this - it could be critical at some point!


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