I am sorry this happened.
there is some territorial situations happening around camp.
and confusion about where and what is the "media" group.
Thorin is, as far as I know today, an indy livestream team, not
accountable to the GA.
I have experience working with this team and want to know more about
your experience. Please find me. Ask around for Dallas.
I would like there to be cohesion and cooperation within the groups in
media. I also think there should be a better organized media area for
all of us. work in progress.
On Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 8:29 PM, Ras Arthemio Selassie
Last night an incident occurred between me and the people at livestream that
left me shaken and deeply concerned about our working ethics, democratic
decision-making and what OWS can become if we do not change this actions.
Upon finishing filming the Brooklyn march I went to collect my gears
(backpack and camera case) that I left under the care of a gentleman by the
name of Ibu (who was working as security at the moment).
Just before I got to the media booth a gentleman who told me to know Renée
wanted to give me an animation he invested two and half weeks creating for
our media team. I was very happy to get the animation and distribute it
among the media team. I told the gentleman to accompany me to the media
booth so that I could get my equipment.
Upon my arrival there a man with a short ponytail put his hand on my chest
and asked me where was going to. I said to get my equipment. The gentleman
working as security, Ibu, told the guy with Ponytail that it was ok since he
new what my equipment was. I told the guy I was part of media and I just
needed to get my stuff. I was told that I am breaking “protocols” and that I
am “not authorized” to get in that area, while l the man is blocking my
Things got heat it up and voice was raise there. Thorne, believe his name
is, made physical threat towards me. If “I find you outside I break your
ass”, and “I will break your camera”. I was also accused of being a thief
who has been stealing equipment from there.
People were coming to see what the convulsion was. When Thorne threat me to
break my ass when he finds me outside I told to do now right then, at that
moment the pony tailed older guy shouted that I was threatening Thorne.
Immediately Thorne shouted that I have been stealing from there and that I
am a threat.
This is my second encounter with the livestream folks who in the past
accused me of being an FBI agent infiltrated in the media-working group but
because I only use my front lobes I am easy to detected.
I refuse to accept that this is the collective attitude and what we,
ows/media team, are standing for. Are we here just because we are not having
a share of the pie in corporate America? How about bigotry and fascist
tendencies? How about totalitarian tendencies, how about discrimination and
racism? How about abuse of any kind?
I therefore am here calling for a meeting to discuss this issues so that
this type of unacceptable abusive behavior don’t occur again and that we
don’t lose potential contributors or volunteers who may want to join force
with us. Ego trip, power struggle will defeat us. Together in true democracy
we will be victorious.
Kalabash Food Coop