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News :: Organizing
The Bloomberg Bash-Protest Party or Police Riot?
09 Aug 2004
Many of the protesters headed for New York and the RNC Aug. 29 plan to ignore Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on a rally in Central Park. If enough of them head there, we’ll either have a big First Amendment victory, or a police riot to rival Chicago in 1968.
Things are shaping up towards a confrontation of sorts in New York this Aug. 29.


Call it the Bloomberg Bash.


Since the Republican mayor has taken the anti-civil liberties position that a protest rally can’t be held on Central Park’s Great Lawn—traditional site of such major political events—many of those who want to gather to protest the Bush administration have concluded that this is exactly where they ought to go.


After all, much of the anger at Republicans and Bush is over his administration’s assault on basic civil liberties, such as freedom of speech and assembly.


The main protest organization that has been working for over a year on the anti-RNC march and demonstration, United for Peace and Justice, recognizing that Bloomberg and his police department were committed to stonewalling their permit application for the Great Lawn, finally agreed to the mayor’s shabby and inadequate offer of a rally site along the lower portion of the West Side Highway, a multi-lane artery that runs just along the edge of the Hudson River. Clearly, a highway is no place for a rally, since it forces the estimated several hundred thousand to half a million anticipated demonstrators to stretch out along over a mile of hot pavement.


The alternative, which is being discussed and promoted on numerous websites and chat lines—and advocated in the mainstream newspaper New York Newsday by columnist Jimmy Breslin--is for people to just make their way spontaneously to Central Park, which after all will remain open to the public (short of instituting martial law and bringing in the National Guard, it would be almost impossible for city police to close the park, especially given the numbers of cops who will have to be sent to the West Side Highway for the official rally).


For the rest of this column, please go (at no charge) to This Can't Be Happening! .
See also:
http://www.thiscantbehappening.net

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ON TO CENTRAL PARK!
09 Aug 2004
LOTS OF NARCS IN CENTRAL PARK! DON'T BUY THE BROWN ACID!

MARCH ANYWHERE YOU WANT! THIS IS THE UNITED STATES!

NOT NAZI GERMANY 1939!

POWER TO THE PEOPLE!
I’m a street fighting man, too
10 Aug 2004
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I want ya’ll to kick some Republican ass!