I'm all for anti-imperialism, but Larry Holmes is a fucking idiot. Troops Out Now is just a front for International ANSWER, which is a front for the International Action Center, which acted as apologists for Milosevic, Liberia's Charles Taylor and Mao because they were anti-US.
dead prez were sweet though. I wonder if the Stalinist organizers realize they're anarchists?
i hear the chants, 'they say get back, we say fight back!' and yet nobody fights back. what's up with that?
thanks to the videographers!
but its sad that this stuff is being posted on corporate giant/homeland security collaborator goggle's website.
why not use indybay instead? http://indybay.org
It's a sad day when folks can't just sit down for a minute on the curb and enjoy the passers by. You see the 50 million dollar secuirty budget puts the pressure on the police to fullfill a quota of arrests. I'm sorry your mate's been caught in the trap. Maybe Obama, in his acceptance speech, will address the threat to freedom of speech in this country, and or the most recent bombings in Afghanistan of 91 civilians, mostly women and children. Maybe somebody from the DNC is aware of what's happening in the real world, not just the world of rhetoric and obscenely expensive parties and will have the courage to speak up. But don't hold your breath. Stay strong and thanks for standing up for justice in this crazy time.
people shoulda ran, or at least had counter-surveillance teams to alert marchers that they were planning to surround folks...break free! fuck it we need some militancy
I'm listening to the NPR live stream from inside the convention, There is some cognitive dissonance here. I hope folks are released and keep struggling.
Solidarity from TX
"Therefore, the other protesters need to just stay home."
That's dumb. Sunday was a big day and the protest got people talking. Today was a march for a more marginal issue ("political prisoners") so it was a bit more quiet.
The FOX NEWS reporter "Griff Jenkins" that was removed for being a supporter of a fascist war-mongering so-called media outlet. Link to fox "news" video on it. His comments are idiotic and hypocritical. He whines about "freedom" and so-on. Guess what? Militants don't care about being incredibly PC when it comes to a tactical situation in ousting THE ENEMY.
He also comments about how "most of these protesters weren't even BORN in 68'" Who cares? Seriously. THis guy is a complete MORON.
How can five people walking down a public street be arrested for criminal trespassing? By the local police and the FBI, no less? That sounds really weird...something doesn't make sense here...at any rate, it's a good thing for them that they didn't speak or answer questions until they saw a lawyer...because the first thing the lawyer would have done was told them to not answer any questions.
If whoever posted this has more details and wants to ask defense lawyers specific questions, you can get free legal advice here. It sounds like The People's Law Project has things covered, though.
- Nick from Avvo
Typically I appreciate the analysis that comes out of Team Colors, but this amounted to nothing more than cynical griping. Declaring the convention protests as a failure before they began? Seriously? At least wait a week until the dust settles!!
To declare that " these protests, overwhelmingly, do not come out of substantial movements, and will not generate substantial movements." is to show Team Colors to be out of touch with the movements they claim to understand so well. It's time for this collective to get out of the revolutionary armchair for a bit, ease up on the heady analysis and give things time to unfold. Putting out gloomy forecasts of storms that are still building isn't going to help strengthen our movements. Honesty and genuine reflection is needed, but right now people are busy in the streets. It's time to lend a hand, not tisk tisk from high above.
While I respect this call for reflection and recentering our efforts, which seems especially poignant at this juncture, I think we have to be careful to establish a movement narrative that is too linear or that unproblematically privileges certain kinds of struggles over others.
Power works in many ways - certainly economic, but also political, ecological, psychological. Its effects on the imagination are frequently as profound as its effects on the body. Spectacular disruptions of the narrative of power - as in the electoral party spectacle - can certainly provide a point of departure by which space is opened for radical imaginings. While this does not in and of itself lead to the social transformation we desire, it can certainly be a significant catalyst for opening the field of the possible upon which the nitty-gritty, day-to-day of political organizing takes place. It should not be poo-pooed, and frankly production and labor-based forms of movement and struggle, while quite legitimate, do not set the parameters for the field of legitimacy.
Still having problems uploading images...
Started a flickr pool - anyone can join & upload their photos.
Just have to have a yahoo account which is quick & easy & can be made w/o using your real info. All Indy media sites can also easily access any photos there.
fact is, this site is not very functional. i'm rather disappointed that the IMC techies have not yet responded to criticisms or heeded suggestions. this is a major protest event. the latest news and photo/video coverage can be found, unfortunately, by typing a few keywords into the search prompt at news.google.com and sorting by date. hopefully, minneapolis.indymedia.org will be better prepared.
Ted Forsyth, Rochester Indymedia
Guys, this is the great fizzle of 2008. I work downtown and expected a show. There is nothing going on. Therefore, the other protesters need to just stay home.
In fact, it is so lame that the roads on the protest routes have reopened.
Thanks for the report. I feel like you think anarchists look a certain way. It's a politics, not fashion. Maybe lots of the mom and kid crowd, while not sporting the ever-awesome black hoody look, were anarchists too.
I was there to witness a confrontation between the Police and the Radicals, and I need to say that I am disgusted with the shit that you think you could've gotten away with.
The entire march was highlighted by strange, belligerent behaviour. Anyone with so much as an Obama t-shirt on his person was threatened, and the poor fools who tried to stand up for themselves, their party and their candidate were attacked viciously without warning.
Police were taunted relentlessly and had garbage thrown at them. One particularly twisted black bloc member repeatedly tried to bait a black cop with racial slurs and insults. "You fucking nigger pig! Go back to Iraq!" No doubt he was out of his mind on whatever mix of drugs that was swimming in his head...
What the Fuck? Indymedia claims to be a bastion of truth, coverage of the world that the corporate media won't dare give you. Yet here it is, equally baised coverage, only this time bent in the direction of a handful of trust fund assholes, thinking they can change the world if they cause enough property damage to the local Starbucks.
Grow the Fuck Up!
I think they should burn all pro-war political offices to the ground starting with the Democrats first. Fuck off right-wing DP/GOP filth!
Please change the code on the site to allow users to upload more than one photo. OK to limit it but please make it at least 10 images.
Also page request times are really slow. I'm I the only one experiencing this?
The first things that will cook will be your eyes because they have not enough blood flowing to cool them.
The Chicano literary weblog, La Bloga, will be posting erratically about the DNC, in our own distant way.
We won't supplant Colo Indy, but will add a diffferent perspective as we can.
Check out our first installment at:
when protestors quickly head to the closest media vacuum to search for evidence of their action, e pluribus unum have lost....
protestors no longer look at their ability to change things for themselves and/pr people who cannot
they look at their ability to get validation from major media..
the new world protest order tour...get your t-shirt before it is too late
tune in, get on tv, get ready for another road trip...
oh look its the guy from the funny political talk show, bill "some of my best friends are poor" maher....
stop doing anything,, even reading this crap
ignore the idiots that are running for office and build anew
do not risk imprisonment
go where these freedom prevention idiots are not
if you're going to jail make it worth your while
best regards from,
name provided to see how celebrity I can get.....
hey media whores, check out these links..
Joe Dolce, the thoroughly obnoxious former Star editor, through Huffington post is promising clients it can "guide you through the new media landscape -- ensuring that the attention you receive is the attention you want." go greenpeace and ruckus society! Hire this guy and work even less to get on TV
The Atlantic is just trying to expand its appeal, as new Atlantic president Justin Smith admits: "We think the brand's relevance has a broader appeal than the current footprint. ... You could argue that doing a story on the celebrity economy and the new paparazzi economy is a broadening of the footprint."
keep up the good work...
Much love and respect to all those kicking things off the right way. I'll see you in the streets...