I'm less afraid of provocateurs than I might have been. They work best with mixed crowds of newbies and hotheads. I feel good about the very high percentage of seasoned activists present who can show - not sure about the right word - emotional leadership.
I do encourage folks not to mask themselves. Tomorrow looks like a 'set piece' with protesters against cops. Please do NOT compete with the cops in looking scary/militant. Push youngest/oldest to the frontlines, keep angry looking males 18-40 away from a confrontation. This is a battle over images, not just over the park. As always, I'll be wearing my 'okay to get arrested in' suit.
On Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 5:17 PM, Tarak Kauff <email@example.com>
Has this been approved by the GA yet? I like it but it needs to be carefully thought through and people need to be 100% nonviolent. Of course there will be provocateurs.
On Oct 13, 2011, at 5:10 PM, LaurenD wrote:
Great idea and great message! Thanks Justin!
Liberty Square is way cleaner than most of the streets in New York. It
is really pathetic that he would use cleaning as an excuse when most
of the streets of New York are filthy and disgustingly cluttered with
garbage bags that seem to never be picked up.
Make lots of creative signs that point out the irony in this!
On Oct 12, 7:49 pm, Justin Wedes <jwe...@gmail.com
Here's my proposed idea to respond to Bloomberg/NYPD's proposed "cleanup" of the park:
Tonight, and all day tomorrow, all campers/supporters should reach out to friends/family/anyone to donate or purchase brooms, mops, squeegees, dust pans, garbage bags, and any other cleaning supplies to be collected at sanitation. The sanitation committee should move full-speed ahead on purchase of bins allocated by consensus at GA.
After General Assembly on Thursday, we'll have a full-camp cleanup session. Sanitation can coordinate, and anyone who is available will help with the massive community effort!
Then, Thursday morning, we'll awake and position ourselves with our brooms and mops in a human chain around the park, linked at the arms. If NYPD attempts to enter, we'll peacefully/non-violently stand our ground and those who are willing will get arrested.
Afterwards, we'll march with brooms and mops to Wall Street to do a massive #wallstcleanup march, where the real mess is!
What do we think??