From:   David Graeber <>
Sent time:   Thursday, September 15, 2011 11:30:18 PM
Subject:   Re: [september17discuss] Re: can someone tell whoever spoke to the Village Voice

yes, I would strongly second that part about the insulting comments. Not badmouthing other activists

in the press includes in the comment section!


On Sep 16, 2011, at 12:21 AM, Will wrote:


> Hey all, I just posted the comment below in response to the article

> that came out earlier today. I just want to add to this that while I

> was having this conversation with the reporter I did not realize that

> she was going to transcribe everything I said at that part. I thought

> it was going to be a column article and not an interview until after

> it was done. Also, she began the conversation with 'I hear there are

> a lot of anarchists involved,' which doesn't show in the article and

> makes it look like I brought up the topic myself. I'd like to point

> out that I didn't name any names. That being said this was my first

> time talking to the press and I pretty well botched it.


> The insulting comments about me posted to the article are not

> helpful. If you have anything else negative you'd like to add I would

> appreciate it if you posted it here, rather than making this any worse

> than it already was. I will see it.


> I'll let the post speak for itself, but again if you have any more

> comments please let me know.


> Hey People, especially those from the GA,


> I just wanted to clarify a few things from the article which came out

> earlier today. After reading it, I think the tone of it came out way

> too pessimistic regarding the GA and S17. More importantly, I didn't

> mean or expect for things to sound so much against certain tendencies

> within the GA, especially since nearly everyone involved has been such

> a pleasure to organize with. I have an enormous amount of respect for

> these individuals from the GA both as people and as organizers, even

> if there are some political differences between us. In the end I

> believe we share common goals, which is why I value our relationships

> and the importance of us working together.


> While I do stand by arguments I made, I recognize that the Voice was

> not the best place to air some of these differences, particularly the

> one about liaisons, which was inappropriate for me to talk about with

> a reporter. If I had fully understood the format of the article which

> was to be written, I would have refrained from discussing several of

> these issues and instead have focused on the more logistical issues

> around S17 and its promotion.


> I would also like to clarify that New Yorkers Against the Budget Cuts

> operates as a separate group from the GA.


> As an individual I fully stand with the GA, which we have all worked

> so hard together to build, in the expectation that S17 will be a step

> forward in the fight against budget cuts and the war on the working

> class in the United States and internationally.


> In solidarity,


> Will Russell



> On Sep 15, 8:44 pm, David Graeber <> wrote:

>> rule #1 of all activist media work is you don't badmouth other activists to the press.


>> I mean I know a lot of you guys are inexperienced but this is beyond obnoxious.

>> David



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