Oh yeah. We are quite strong on not only our first amendment rights but deeper than that, our inherent rights and obligations as human beings to assemble peacefully, take space and nonviolently resist the corporate machine. But it's not a question of convincing or even appealing to the Park Police in DC. They were fine with us there even though we have been doing NV direct actions almost every day. They would prefer not to have conflict with us but as I said they are getting heat from the administration to remove us. That still doesn't mean they will do it. They know how bad it will look. Many of us will not leave. They will have to make arrests, which they would rather not do. Quite different and a lot smarter than the NYC police.
On Oct 19, 2011, at 8:21 PM, grimwomyn wrote:
Have you cited your constitutional right to assemble?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of_assembly
On Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 7:57 PM, Lucas Vazquez <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tarak, what have the numbers been at Freedom Plaza lately?
On Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 5:30 PM, Tarak Kauff <email@example.com>
Brothers, sisters, comrades,
Freedom Plaza, DC. Wed. Oct. 19. The Park Service came by again today. They are having lots of talks about what to do with us. Getting pressure from above to close us down. They are being told by the administration that there are laws that need to be enforced. When we pushed on a timeline he said his guess was one to two weeks. No decision has been made but his comments had an air of inevitability about them. He said he would give us warning, hand out notices etc. before acting. The Park Service has been straight with us all along. So we have a situation so far of mutual respect. We told them from the beginning our intention was to stay, permit or not. We intend also to be straight with the Park Service as we have from the start - let them know we intend to try and stay as that has always been our intention, that we understand their position and respect it as we expect them to respect ours. And that whatever happens, we will do our utmost to insure that our side will abide by the principles of nonviolent resistance. They are in a tough spot as are we. No hard feelings and no animosity towards the Park Service. Respect. But we need to defend our turf. We have some time to alert people so we can get the numbers up on the day they come to evict. We need to try and recreate in DC the solidarity and resistance that happened in NYC (myself and a number of us from Freedom Plaza were there) on the day the police had been instructed to move the people out for cleaning (sic). We will keep you all posted as to developments.