|From:||Alexa D. O'Brien <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Sent time:||Friday, September 23, 2011 11:34:22 PM|
|Subject:||[september17discuss] My Public Response to Nathan Schneider|
Dear Mr. Schneider,
Please correct the downright falsehood and inaccuracies in your article.
US Day of Rage 'endorsed' the call to action to #occupywallstreet in
early July. I don't remember seeing you at those early GA meetings Mr.
Schneider. Probably because you weren't there.
We even live tweeted GA meetings and wrote about them on our web site
early on explaining who was who. Ask the Internet.
Secondly, we physically organized all the the non violent civil
disobedience trainings in REALITY that occurred in the run up to Sept
17. Every single one.
We even recorded CD digital non violent training talks early on
(http://www.usdayofrage.org/resources.html) because we knew outreach
was hitting critical mass on the Internet with the game generation.
Those videos were with Jason and Sam. Ask them. Or just watch the
videos that have been since the beginning of August.
Here is one:
A quick visit to the Internet would corroborate all of those facts.
Were you aware that many so called core GA organizers and other
"group" supporters feel alienated by the NYC GA process? Where were
you or your unnamed mysterious "main" organizer to ask those people
for their perspective for this article?
All our Non Violent CD trainings were open to the public, despite the
fact that some GA facilitators tried to copt them for their own group
US Day of Rage also established contact with the National Lawyers
Guild and organized legal observers for Sept 17. In fact, Susan Howard
of the NYC NLG urged me to contact the GA and implore them to contact
her in my conversations with her, which I did.
I also gave her the email and name of the one GA member who called the
NLG and introduced himself as "not the GA but an independent artist"
who was curious about the legality of Sept 17.
One week prior the GA barely had consensus or a legal working group.
We supported Sept 17 and mitigated potential risks that those
realities presented by designing tactics and a crowd source map as a
back up contingency for the lack of organization on the GA's part.
We did this because we knew that many people were coming because they
learned about the action on the Internet. If people are looking for US
Day of Rage, its only proof that we actually performed outreach -
because we were actually organizing the effort for Sept 17 and we did
it in a manner that created solidarity for the action and all the
groups involved - whereas the NYC GA could even get a website up until
3 days before Sept17 and infighting.
We considered the welfare of ppl's coming our moral responsibility. In
fact, the GA couldn't even reach consensus on the action's "non
violence" in the run up to Sept 17 (something I would think you cared
about considering your blog title, "Waging Non Violence".)
US Day of Rage also organized 5 other protests on Sept 17 in
solidarity with #occupywallstreet in Austin, Seattle, San Francisco,
Los Angeles, and Portland...and are currently organizing a Portland
occupation in solidarity with #occupywallstreet and #occupyDC (please
see our Joint Solidarity Statement with the Oct2011 movement from
several months ago) called #occupyPortland to be announced this
We performed outreach on major news channels in the run up to Sept 17
ALWAYS mentioning the various groups involved in the action and ALWAYS
stressing the 'supposed' independence of the GA. Check the Internet
and the google group for sept17.
We have great respect for the individuals GA members who actually
worked. We love them. I smile when I see them. But many did so
independent of the process created by the GA. That is not the case
with the Tactics Committee. I won't speak for them. Although I have
heard some of them say as much casually.
In fact, members of the Arts & Culture committee that "independently"
staged a test run of #occupywallstreet. I wasn't at the test run,
because I work a full time job, but I was at the Police Station to
greet the one protester who was kept all night.
This does not mention the organization for online outreach. That is
one that we will let you figure out for yourself.
Articles like yours putting down the hard work of myself others or
presenting yourself or putting forth the NYC GA as the only thing that
is legitimate or actually exists as an organization, organizer, or
body of people around Sept 17 is flat out false and disrespectful.
We don't conduct ourselves in like manner to you because we actually
support the idea of independent bodies of people assembling on Sept 17
The question remains, if that is actually what the NYC GA was from the
start or is now.
A question we publicly questioned in meetings, on our site and have
tried to protected from the beginning. Just ask ppl about my one
block. Then ask me for a comment on why I block what I blocked.
On Sept 17 US Day of Rage had people on police scanners monitoring
police movements and were on the ground verifying reports and rumors,
including several ridiculous ones from @occupywallstreet saying "Riot
Police were coming" and "Cell Phone Service was being cut at Bowling
Green" or from various GA members who are probably provocateurs saying
things people were being kettled.
Further I have been on or around the plaza almost everyday since the
occupation, except when I crashed with a 101 fever on Wednedsday. See
that visqueen keeping people dry, US Day of Rage donated that. See
those ponchos, we donated those. We have handled out socks, sleeping
bags, and clean socks and T-shirts.
On a personal note. I have given my home, cell phones, and a place to
crash to people here for the action to support US Day of Rage or who
were GA members or just PEOPLE who don't care about the idea, "One
citizen. One dollar. One vote." but who support the First amendment.
I am not sure if you actually research, fact check, or provide context
but US Day of Rage did not endorse the GA's original occupation
tactics on commercial property, because we felt it put people who did
not have affinity groups and who were inspired by digital outreach at
risk and also perverted the idea of independent assemblies of people,
who one would think would vote on their own process.
In fact, you would think that a sign of independence of an assembly is
the group's ability to actually vote on the process they use.
We were nevertheless sympathetic to not disrupting actions in the heat
of a tense situation that day by creating a pissing match in terms of
Have you spoken to people not participating in GA meetings but on the
ground at Zuccotti or actually organizing the occupations
sustainability about how they feel about the GA process? Or do you
just slander people and other participating organizations with out
I have been using every waking spare moment to make this action happen
since we originally endorsed the call to action. Who cares? I don't.
But I will not allow you to put down my work or the work of others in
such a disrespectful and frankly irresponsible manner.
Some of our supporters brought carpools and showed up on Sept 17, or
are there now.
What were you and your unnamed 'main organizer' doing?
Certainly not smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee, or organizing Sept
17, which is about the extent of every available waking moment of my
life and other US Day of RAge organizers and supporters since early
Please learn to respect your craft and actually research your articles
or seek comments from those for whose work you slander publicly.
Something I failed to mention is the immensity of the role of social
media and tech in spurring and growing the actions of Sept. 17 or that
will help sustain it. That is a discussion you an I could have if you
actually showed the capacity to talk to me face to face and start a
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