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Central MA call to action-You have questions, we have Answers (english)
24 Sep 2003
Modified: 25 Sep 2003
This post is an annoucement to answer all questions, suggestions, comments, and ideas put forth after our article "Call to Action, Revolution Winter MA"
#1: Our plans are to function in and around the city of Worcester MA

#2: We are as of right now unfortunatly outside of the state. We all met up travelling the USA and learning tactics from various regions and collectivly decided to start a central MA affinity group. So at this point in time we are unable to meet anyone in person, but open the invitation to contact us to touch base at grimeandcrime (at) yahoo.com

#3: we have decided to call our snow shoveling group REVOLUTIONARY, and RADICAL for one major reason. To make RADICALS more human to members of the community. If we provide a service we are hoping as anarchists to throw off the bomb weilding crazed mad man image, and present ourselves the way we truley are....caring, freedom seeking individuals!

#4: I have heard many things about the harvard square "scene" and though I have much respect for Student activism, I personally wish to see more OFF CAMPUS activism in the United States.. Also myself and many others involved in this Central MA affinity not being students share some of the same fundamental values.

Thank you all very much for your intrest. Please feel free to contact us. I cannot stress this enough. We are always looking for ideas, suggestions, comments, questions, hate mail ect ect

grimeandcrime (at) yahoo.com
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Do you have a non-yahoo email address. (english)
24 Sep 2003
For security reasons I do not attend events where the only contact is a "yahoo" account. Once I find out that you are on the ground, real, and doing what you said, I'd be happy to join.
Not a student (english)
24 Sep 2003
As far as I know, none of the regulars at the Harvard Sq. event are students. I am an unemployed Union construction worker.
Me at work. (english)
24 Sep 2003
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I did wanna say that you're Central/Western MA idea sounds good. I was living in the Pioneer Valley for a while and although I was impressed with all the progressive people, there seemed to be very little actual activism happening.

Anyway, I'll pass on you're ideas to people i know in the vicinity.
Legitimate Paranoia? (english)
24 Sep 2003
One of the funniest things about the activist community, and their growing use of the internet, is the level of paranoia that they employ to protect themselves over stupid things.

An "Anarchistic Snow Shovel Brigade" may be an unusual idea, but it isn't necissarily concerned with the direct overthrow of the government. Somehow, an anonymous e-mail address as a contact, such as yahoo, for people who are organizing from out of town, doesn't seem unusual.

That said, should those who are hoping to organize the Brigade try applying for an address somewhere more legitimate, like Riseup? Narcs and wack anti-Terrorism Agents are perfectly capable of applying for, and receiving, that kind of "legitimate" activist account. They can apply for even more legitimate ones, and wear black clothes, and dreadlocks, and other stereotyped "activist" accessories, too. They're paid to infiltrate, you know...

If you're interested in being subversive, you shouldn't be terribly concerned about hiding your identity. That is, until you *DO* something subversive. And the very BEST way to hide your identity when you do THAT, it to not talk about it. If you say nothing, and covered your tracks, you can't be tied to who-knows-what-where...

Talk can be just that, talk. If you're ever attended a political rally, put a clever political bumper sticker on your car, worn an activist-like patch, mentioned your political affiliations to concerned family members or the neighbors or your bank teller, yadayadayada, you've probably already let the cat out of the sack. In fact, chances are you were labeled subversive (or a troublemaker) at a very young age, and anonymous e-mail, especially for something as fun and creative as an Anarchistic Snow Shovel Brigade, is the least of your problems.

For those of you who are planning the Brigade, some of us in the big city have heard stories about a Boston-based "Anarchistic Drinking Brigade" from the mid 80's. If you're anything like that group, I sure wish I lived in Central Mass! It sounds like you're gonna have a neat winter! Good luck!

-BostonRiot
Reason for comment about yahoo. (english)
24 Sep 2003
The reason for my comment about yahoo relates to an ongoing harassment operation targeting IndyMedia by a group that uses yahoo accounts. The harassment operation is serious. In fact, since in my case it sends me an endless string of death threats by email, I've blocked out all communication with the yahoo domain.

I think the suggestion about acquiring an email account with a known group is a good idea. In any case, I love the Central Mass idea and will show up as soon as I know it is for real.

I agree about your comments concerning annonymity. I am not anonymous nor do I wish to be annonymous. I merely do not wish to share IP information with unknown contacts.
Replies (english)
25 Sep 2003
I can understand the weariness of undertaking conversations with a yahoo account bput into context of your past problems. Thank you for being supportive at any rate, and when we set foot in MA and start organizing I will make sure updates and solid contact information is givin to those intrested.

To others who have shown their intrest, I thank you, and please spread the word if you feel it in your heart t do so.

Also to the Union Construction Worker who madea comment about the haravrd square occupation. I too would like to thank you, it's encouraging to hear that Non-campus based radicals are taking action On-Campus. I also wish to see the opposite. keep up the good fight