From:   Alexa D. O'Brien <alexaobrien@gmail.com>
Sent time:   Saturday, September 24, 2011 11:05:14 PM
To:   september17@googlegroups.com; Nathan Schneider <nathan@wagingnonviolence.org>
Subject:   SPAM-MED: [september17discuss] Re: Incorrect/Falsehoods in your Article
 

Mr. Scheider,

 

I don't take it personally that you are a hack journalist out to make

a name for yourself.

 

I just won't allow you to publicly slander me or US Day of Rage

without a response.

 

Best Regards,

 

Alexa O'Brien

 

On Sat, Sep 24, 2011 at 11:09 AM, Nathan Schneider

<nathan@wagingnonviolence.org> wrote:

> Alexa,

>

> I understand your anger, but there's no need to make it personal. I've been

> scrambling around all week myself, producing articles and videos to explain

> the movement, speaking constantly on the radio on its behalf, sleeping on

> the plaza and worse, and bringing injured people to my home as well, so I

> don't think there's cause for pointing fingers. I have always appreciated

> your no-nonsense contribution to the process and I'm sorry that here I gave

> it short shrift.

>

> Journalism, as they say, is the first draft of history, and I'm at least

> glad my underappreciation of your role in certain respects became an

> opportunity to learn more about what you've been up to the past few days.

> Thanks for the ponchos, by the way—we really needed those!

>

> But please understand that this piece is more meant as a corrective to the

> many, many articles appearing that described s17 as a "Day of Rage" and

> identified it wholly with your group (or with Anonymous or Adbusters). This

> is a mistake, and I realize it wasn't your fault or intention, but I was

> trying to be true to the reality of what's going on at the plaza. It is also

> a reminder of one of the action's real shortcomings (though perhaps also

> strengths in some way)—that it was unable to galvanize large numbers of

> people through existing organizations.

>

> I've made some changes in the article on Waging Nonviolence and have asked

> Truthout to make the corrections as well.

>

> Thank you for your patience and your understanding and—of course—your hard

> work. Please know I am working hard to get the facts right too.

>

> Nathan

>

> -

> Nathan Schneider

> Editor, Waging Nonviolence

> http://wagingnonviolence.org

>

>

> On Sep 23, 2011, at 11:57 PM, Alexa D. O'Brien wrote:

>

>> Dear Mr. Schneider,

>>

>> Please correct the downright falsehood and inaccuracies in your article.

>>

>>

>> http://www.truthout.com/occupywallstreet-more-hashtag-its-revolution-formation/1316784846

>>

>> US Day of Rage 'endorsed' the call to action to #occupywallstreet (not

>> 'pegged') in early July.  I don't remember seeing you at those early

>> GA meetings Mr. Schneider.  We even live tweeted GA meetings and wrote

>> about them on our web site early on explaining who was who.

>>

>> Secondly, we physically organized all the the non violent civil

>> disobedience trainings in the digital realm and in REALITY that

>> occurred in the run up to Sept 17.  Every single one.

>>

>> And even before that digital non violent training talks early on

>> (http://www.usdayofrage.org/resources.html) because we knew outreach

>> was at critical mass on the Internet.  Those videos were with Jason

>> and Sam. Feel free to speak with them.  The videos can be found on our

>> site.

>>

>> Here is one:

>>

>> <iframe width="420" height="315"

>> src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ft3mXm76jEA" frameborder="0"

>> allowfullscreen></iframe>

>>

>> A quick visit to the Internet would corroborate all of these facts.

>> Where were you?

>>

>> All of those trainings were open to the public, despite the fact that

>> central individual GA members tried to copt them for their own

>> purposes.

>>

>> We also established contact with the National Lawyers Guild and

>> organized legal observers for Sept 17.  Susan Howard urged me to

>> contact the GA and implore them to contact her in my conversations

>> early on, 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 soure map as a

>> back up contingency for the lack of organization on the GA part.

>>

>> We did this because we knew that many people were coming because they

>> learned of the action on the Internet.  Perhaps they are looking for

>> US Day of Rage because we were actually organizing the effort, whereas

>> the GA could even get a website up until 3 days before Sept17.

>>

>> We considered their welfare our moral responsibility.  Something the

>> GA was unable to reach real consensus on.

>>

>> We 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) and #occupyPortland to be announced this weekend.

>>

>> 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.

>>

>> All those actions the GA was unable to actually come to consensus in

>> doing and further could not even gain consensus on whether or not

>> Sept17 was going to be non violent in the run up to the action.

>>

>> We have  great respect for the few individuals in the GA who actually

>> worked.  But many did so independent of the process created by the GA.

>> Ask Lorenzo or 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 including

>> live tweeting GA meetings or just using our profile to call people to

>> the streets on Sept 17.

>>

>> So perhaps you do not see us tooting our horn and acting like we are

>> the only thing that is legitimate or actually exists as an

>> organization, organizer, or body of people because we actually

>> supported the idea of an independent bodies of people assembling on

>> Sept 17 and thereafter.

>>

>> The question remains, if that is actually what the GA was  from the

>> start or is now.

>>

>> On Sept 17 US Day of Rage had people just on police scanners

>> monitoring police movements and 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"  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.  See that visqueen keeping people dry, we bought that.

>> See those ponchos, we bought those.  We have handled out socks,

>> sleeping bags, and even clean socks and tshirts.

>>

>> I have even personally given my home, cell phones, and a place to

>> crash to people here for the action to support US Day of Rage or who

>> are GA members who don't  care  about the idea, "One citizen. One

>> dollar.  One vote."

>>

>> I am not sure if you actually research your so called "news" but we

>> did not endorse the GA's occupation tactics on commercial property,

>> because we felt it put people who did not have affinity groups that

>> 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.  You would think that a sign of idependence of an

>> assembly is the groups ability to actually vote on process.

>>

>> 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

>> tactics.

>>

>> I have been using every waking spare moment to make this action happen

>> since we originally endorsed the call.  Our supporters brought

>> carpools down and showed up on Sept 17, and are there now.

>>

>> What were you and your unnamed main organizer doing?  Certainly not

>> smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee, or organizing Sept 17; which is

>> what I have pretty much been doing since early July.

>>

>> Your falsehoods:

>>

>> "As a result of these hiccups, in the lead-up and early days of the

>> occupation, media coverage almost always associated it with meme

>> floaters like Adbusters, US Day of Rage and Anonymous. But none of

>> them were especially responsible for what would be happening on the

>> ground starting on September 17. That was the GA's doing."

>>

>> "Alexa O'Brien....decided to peg her efforts to the September 17

>> action. While she has around 20 organizers working with her in cities

>> around the country, as far as one leading #occupywallstreet organizer

>> in New York could tell, it seems like her only colleagues might be

>> coffee and cigarettes."

>>

>> "O'Brien didn't appear on the plaza for a couple of days - she was

>> "running the back-end," she says - and there has been almost no talk

>> of "One citizen. One dollar."

>>

>>

>> http://www.usdayofrage.org/public-announcements/113-notes-from-august-13-nyc-general-assembly-to-occupywallstreet.html

>>

>> http://www.usdayofrage.org/public-announcements.html?start=20

>>

>> http://www.usdayofrage.org/public-announcements.html?start=17

>>

>>

>> http://usdayofrage.org/public-announcements/97-usdayofrage-occupy-wall-street.html

>>

>>

>> http://takethesquare.net/2011/09/06/nyc-nationwide-official-occupation-and-tactical-plan-for-horizontal-mesh-protest-sept17-occupywallstreet-usdor

>>

>>

>> http://www.indignez-vous.be/informations/international/usa/945-us-day-of-rage-endorses-partners-occupywallstreet-sept17-usdor

>>

>>

>> http://www.usdayofrage.org/public-announcements/107-we-will-live-tweet-from-general-assembly-meeting-aug-9-730p-potato-famine-memorial-vesey-st-and-north-end-ave.html

>>

>> Best Regards,

>>

>> Alexa O'Brien

>

>

>

 

 

 

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