|From:||Alexa D. O'Brien <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Sent time:||Saturday, September 24, 2011 11:05:14 PM|
|To:||email@example.com; Nathan Schneider <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Subject:||SPAM-MED: [september17discuss] Re: Incorrect/Falsehoods in your Article|
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.
On Sat, Sep 24, 2011 at 11:09 AM, Nathan Schneider
> 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 Schneider
> Editor, Waging Nonviolence
> 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.
>> 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
>> Here is one:
>> <iframe width="420" height="315"
>> src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ft3mXm76jEA" frameborder="0"
>> 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
>> 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
>> 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."
>> Best Regards,
>> Alexa O'Brien
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