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Democracy on the Streets of Boston
07 Oct 2000
What we, two undergrads from Brandeis University, saw at the O3 protests was democracy in the making. We hope that O3 is only the beginning.
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Keep on marching....
07 Oct 2000
I was there protesting in Boston...and I know damn well that we are entering a new time of awareness. We must keep up this momentum and create a better world for ourselves.

The establishment will no longer intimidate us. It's now time for us to rise up and take a stand.

In Solidarity,
Tim SpiritWalker

"The People, United, we'll never be divided!"
Yes, but one correction..
07 Oct 2000
Brother,
"The People United, Will Never Be Defeated!"
With Love,
rthyrtjwy
Unions, AFL, and protests
08 Oct 2000
Thank you for your report, it was a good read.

Please keep in mind that there are plenty of non AFL-CIO unions. Such as the Industrial Workers of the World, and the United Electirical Workers, and many more. The UE and other unions have endorsed Nader. The IWW doesn't endorse electoral poltics at all (http://www.iww.org).

Also there are lots and lots of AFL members who are not enthusiastic, or supportive of Gore.

Also try to understand the kinds of frustration and BS that most of us working class folks get all day... that can cause some folks to be jerks and all. I doubt the Iron Workers you encountered are a fair example of the majority of union members even in their own union. I certainly saw plenty of that union at the WTO, and not all in the labor march, some where at the barricades.

It is easy for the bosses and politicians to try and drive a wedge between working class folks and young activists (who are often middle class and/or college kids). It is easy to get a frustrated pissed off Teamster, in a dead end job, to see college kids in a bad light. After all to me it looks like most young activists have a lot more choices in their life than I do... not having the education or money... etc... You can see how this might lead to emotions that our collective "enemies" can tap into to get some workikng class/union folks to be angry at "activists".

Thanks again for your report.




We
Corrections
08 Oct 2000
At both points when the march to open the debates switched directions, we did it independently and were not forced by the police. True, we felt threatened by them and intuited that we would be surrounded and potentially arrested if we did not move, but it was still a strategic decision by us and not one that was imposed upon us.
It can be both
08 Oct 2000
Actually, I heard both: "The People, United, we'll never be defeated", AND "The People, United, we'll never be divided".

IT CAN BE BOTH. But one thing: does it really matter? Ultimately, it means the same thing.

In Solidarity,
Tim SpiritWalker
The Festival Continues, Oct.11
08 Oct 2000
It's not over yet! Join us in Winston Salem, NC.The energy is building, great workshops, speakers AND protests!! www.o11.org
The Festival Continues, Oct.11
08 Oct 2000
It's not over yet! Join us in Winston Salem, NC.The energy is building, great workshops, speakers AND protests!! www.o11.org
Your use of racial slur
09 Oct 2000
the use of the word "paddywagon" is a derogatory racial slur. The slang word came about when police wagons were used to pick up the drunk/homeless, many of them Irish. One of the derogatory references for the Irish at the turn of the century was paddy. I find your use of it offensive, though I am sure you are really just ignorant of the meaning. please take note.
Your use of racial slur
09 Oct 2000
the use of the word "paddywagon" is a derogatory racial slur. The slang word came about when police wagons were used to pick up the drunk/homeless, many of them Irish. One of the derogatory references for the Irish at the turn of the century was paddy. I find your use of it offensive, though I am sure you are really just ignorant of the meaning. please take note.
The People, united, will never be divided
10 Oct 2000
Actually, I went to D2KLA. The chant "The people, united, will never be divided" is an import from LA, and I heard it in Boston as well. There was an activist on the sound truck that was from LA (he was wearing a D2KLA shirt) that started it, I think... anyway, it is in fact "The people, united, will never be divided", in case yo're wondering where it came from.


In liquidarity