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Let’s do an exercise 5 words that describe the RNC: Heartbreaking,police,love,laughter and exhaustion. I”ll let that form this post.
But not limit it.
I stayed at Romneyville. I think I stayed their expecting the demographic to be slightly different than the Occupy Tampa camp, but I must be honest, I didn’t visit that other camp, and have no way of placing it’s size, or effectiveness. My experience with RNC’s or conventions in general is always a struggle. Local Organizers fighting to provide housing and open space for participation, while authorities interfere with every logistical call. This one was a strange one.
My experience here was different. It seemed like there was little for folks to plug into besides the standard protest march. Example: One person spoke to me and explained that they attended a Rally where people spoke for an hour, each repeating the same points. They then marched in a circle ending back up at where they started to experience the same speeches again.
Coming out of Occupy Wall Street, I think the one thing we learned, or the thing I hoped people learned was that people want to be heard, not preached too. The effectiveness of union organizers lambasting their unions about what they already believed is…charming, at best.
Regardless, it was interesting to see so many people screaming about the injustice of the GOP, and ignore the hypocrisy of the democrats. I guess it’s nice to be able to see a line and choose a side. Maybe, I’m not enlightened enough.
Spontaneous marches laced Tampa yesterday. Police Chief Jane Caster explains the logic behind policing the Convention. Vermin Supreme explains his expectations of the police under his administration.
People from all marginalized disenfranchised left out & forgotten communities speak out against unethical policies intended to limit their participation in the election process.
The large permitted coalition march at the Tampa 2012 Republican Convention. .... In All it's glory.
Still working on the online project, but the goings slow. I'm not too worried about it. I think I just need to open up space for others peoples voices. Sometimes I feel like I'm just ramming out e-mails in the space between being on the street. Regardless a lot of time to troubleshoot and play, until we figure out what works. I'm not that worried.
Today, or yesterday August 26th was the first day of marches for the RNC. I expected an all day stream-a-thon You know, Live! till I can't sort of stuff. Sadly, I suffered a billion issues with my hotspot, and ustream. I finally gave up and started tweeting pictures to cover the events as best I can.
I probably could have done a better job, but got caught up in the different feel of it all. I come out of Occupy Wall Street where actions and marches were based around banks and corporations. The actions ranged from LGBT issues, environmental issues, housing issues and so on and so forth, but what underlay them all was the collusion of corporation and state. The thread ran through the actions...
Here it's mostly against the GOP. It's been an interesting transition and one I'm thinking about as I cover the events.
Started out wandering the city to some marches that ended up at the freedom of speech zone. This zone consists of double fences, and a giant space that didn't give you the true reality of being caged in. One entrance, on exit and folks rallied and chanted and stuck their signs to the fences before taking off to St. Petersburg.
Had a fun ride on the way there as our vehicle threw a belt and we ended up marooned in a BP. I dealt with it how I usually deal with stressful events. I ate some crappy food while we troubleshot.
I feel like I missed a day on this blog, but I haven’ slept yet. I’ll just treat it like a birthday! Where it doesn’t end till you sleep. You know?
It was a good day. Started hot and unbearable, but good nonetheless. I went to a local coffee shop and just worked on the computer and enjoyed some coffee. I didn’t plan on streaming much else but my morning update, and just whatever came along. Sent some e-mails and worked with the folks online on our project.
I love projects. The end. I feel like I should just say, the end. but just working with some folks online to cover and event has been really fulfilling, challenging and exciting.
So, I”m doing well. If a little tired and constantly dehydrated.
The highlights of the day were just being. I really enjoyed walking through Romenyville, with it’s weird woodchip parking lot connected to it’s fenced in tent space. People just floating around and being. It’s nice you know. Maybe not nice in that air-conditioned loft, or whatever, but nice in that just being alive amongst folks who all seem to be here for the same reason.
I’ve been enjoying floating around and asking why folks are here to protest the RNC, and most just say because they’re.
They didn’t see why not, and they’re going to march.
Even while the police threaten mass arrests and swoop around the encampment in their helicopters 24/7. They’re gonna march, and at times it doesn’t even seem to be what moves the camp. It just seems like people are sharing food and being. Just being, and something about that is more powerful than any march I’ve ever covered.
from Presidential Candidate Vermin Supreme
Not since the days of Gasparilla and Black Caesar has old Missy Tampa Bay had her bloomers in such a bunch Alarmingly, bunched up bloomers can only exacerbate an already sticky situation down there.
On behalf of my constituencies. I would like to turn uip the Southern charm and address this open letter to you, the charming Tampa Police Department.
Also I should like to say hello to the supporting departments, and agencies from across the country, who will be working with us , together, during this hot and sweaty National Security Rodeo.
I am here today, to address an issue that is critical to the health and safety of all, during the warm, damp days of the southern fried RNC .There is an underreported, often ignored, and rarely discussed health condition that could easily devolve into a rash of serious injuries... or worse. Sadly, it may be the very people who are tasked with providing safety and order, that will be most susceptible to this scourge. Ironically , it could be the very same people that they are being tasked to serve and protect that may be it's ultimate victims.
The place where any two parts of the human body rub up against each other can cause painful irritation. The same is true of the body politic.
Skin is the human body's largest organ, just as the thin blue line is fast becoming the largest organ in the body of society. One place in the body politic where constant friction can occur is where the street meets the feet. This is where first amendment practitioners , experiencing societal discomfort, attempt to petition their rulers for a redress of grievance. This is where they will rub up against the epidermal layer of the security state.. Freedom of movement, assembly and speech can help alleviate some of the powerful irritation caused when the citizenry rub against their rulers.
Any moment now, a parade of patriotic and otherwise Americans will descend upon Tampa en masse, to practice the First Amendment of America.
By the busload Patriotic citizens burning for justice, itching for freedom, and chafing against the yolk of oppressiveness will arrive..
In South African there is a proverb that states, " If your buttocks burn, you know you have done wrong." However, During this National Security Event Sale all sides will have plenty of skin in the game.
“The Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011.” aka H.R. 347 (signed bt Obama, not Putin) makes it a federal crime to disturb events of national significance—such as a political convention, punishable by ten years. This law has nothing to do with hedge trimming and everything to do with criminalizing non-violent political speech.. It is a hysterical overaction to free speech activities. It makes what is at most disorderly conduct a federal case It is the type of vindictive prosecutory zeal that has put activists like Tim Christopher and Pussy Riot in prison.
Adult Night Club mega mogul Joe Redner speaks on the state of the Occupy movement in the face on the Republican National Convention Police State repression. Joe donated a park that he owns to the Occupy Tampa crew who have offered to leave the park by Sept. 15th; voluntarily ending the physical occupation of Tampa in favor of other means of organizing.
Paul Ryan held a lovely fund raiser on Treasure Island in St Petersburg Florida. He had a welcoming committee and a go to hell committee.
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it's late, or very early in the morning. i can't sleep. i'm heading to tampa soon as an activist and an independent journalist. for the first time i'm armed with a press pass, and a camera, and my computers. we're to cover the conventions, for this, the great election cycle of 2012. the end of the mayan calendar, the beginning of a whole new world, the zombie apocalypse upon us. the democrats and the republicans have spent a total of 50 million dollars a piece on security for their respective conventions, and the air is brittle with the anticipation of mayhem in the streets. it's gonna be a shit show, folks, with homeland security, militarized police, trapwire, and animosity aplenty, toward anyone who dares to say no to the political machine and the police state that is slowly and silently gnawing with their rotten teeth on the tongue of our free speech.
In the lead up to the 2004 Republican Convention patriots came out to take this historical ride to warn New York City that the the Republicans are coming.
This week: 1. Good news round up 2. Montreal Angst 3. X-acto Shooting 4. Olympic Greenwash 5. Obama chills motherfucker out 6. European Rebellions part Deux 7. Biden needs more time 8. Goose Liver Revolution 9. Atari Teenage Riot 10. C.R.A.S.S. & the RNC 8
http://stimulator.tv This week: 1. Worldwide economic revolts 2. Bailout Blues 3. Wall 7 are Free! 4. Gore's dire warning 5. West Bank food boycott 6. Gil Scott Heron 7. Media Elixir
http://submedia.tv In November, one or the other of the corporate candidates will win, and then, as always, it will be what the people do, not the politicians, that counts. A video report on the protests that occurred in connection with the Democrat and Republican National Conventions, Ground Noise & Static is a manifesto. We went to Denver and St. Paul to take the pulse of the movement. Corporate media would cover the platitudes and posturing of the politicians, we were interested in something else, a story hidden in plain sight, captured in the now-classic street chant, ?This is what democracy looks like.? Ground Noise & Static is a joint effort of Franklin L?pez of subMedia.TV and PepperSpray Productions. It is the direct result of a wonderful collaboration with many indymedia-style activists and journalists who all pitched in for the common good and success of their various efforts to tell their ?Unconventional? stories.
The Real News Network, with thanks to TheUptake.org will live stream a panel discussion tonight from St. Paul Minnesota. During the Republican National Convention this month, over 800 people were arrested by St Paul police for participating in protests. Over two dozen media were also arrested for being caught up with the protests while filming or recording the events. Tonight from 8pm EST (North America) there will be a panel discussion from St. Paul with: Mara Gottfried, Pioneer Press Jonathan Malat, KARE-11 Asst. St. Paul Police Chief Matt Bostrum St. Paul Dep. Mayor Anne Mullholland The panel will be moderated by Al Tompkins from the Poynter Institute.
Sept. 4 2008 1. Kissinger is mute 2. Lambert is Free 3. Wendy is Free 4. I-Witness is Raided Again 5. Torturing the "Terrorists" 6. Champions 7. Final thoughts rnc, nornc, submedia, lambert, pepperspray, wendy, portaland, imc, welcoming, committee, mato, atom
Off to Saint Paul. Stay tuned next week for RNC updates