Subject: Re: [NYCGA Internet] Citibank arrests
From: Chaz Cheadle
Date: Sun, 16 Oct 2011 10:52:20 -0400
To: internet_working_group@googlegroups.com

I don't think this is advocating any action one way or another. It is providing news. People may editorialize and comment in blog fashion if they choose, but not reporting it is something we accuse other media outlets of doing.
If we don't report news that is happening, whether we agree with it or not, then the website is failing to do its job of spreading information.
We are first, architects of the website, and second responsible to the GA and people. The power we have and the responsibility here is considerable and we should make that clear. The website must be an open platform for the GA, and clearly governed as such. We must not give the slightest indication of bias or the site will have no credibility. People will think the site is solely for the opinions of the IWG and whomever in it has the ability to post to it.


chaz

On Sun, Oct 16, 2011 at 4:01 AM, Evan Wagner <evanawagner@gmail.com> wrote:


On Oct 16, 2011, at 3:50 AM, felipe ribeiro <felipetr@gmail.com> wrote:

A video was posted,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdeuuzXS_sY

hopefully other videos show this happening to more people, if this is a set policy, citibank is probably facing a lose-lose situation. But is anyone else actually worried that the idea of removing money from banks in an uncontrolled fashion could actually be de-stabilizing for the entire economy? Nov 5 looks like it's catching on, and while I am all for holding corps/gov/anyone responsible for misdeeds, I worry it could escalate in volume quickly. Incidents like these won't help Citibank retain customers. Am I over thinking this? Is there any real risk of a massive bank run or panic? That's is NOT something we should be advocating, as it could have serious unintended consequences. Look what happened in London a few months ago... I would not want OWS to be linked to an event like this. It would be seriously devastating. Is this an outreach conversation?


On Sat, Oct 15, 2011 at 3:42 PM, Chaz <ccheadle@gmail.com> wrote:
I case you haven't heard, there were several arrests at the 555 La
Guardia inn NYC Citibank branch of peaceful protesters that had closed
their accounts.
The individuals had left the premises and were then forceably pulled
back into the building and detained until NYPD arrived.
They and others were arrested and taken away with no explaination by
the police.
The police then encircled the branch and the bank closed.

Just making sure everyone hears about this. As soon as more news is
heard this should get on the website.

chaz


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