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Activisim and Organization
05 Oct 2000
While the Boston Protests sent a wave outwards to the nation it could have been more effective.
On Tuesday night in Boston, a brave group of people put their bodies and freedom on the line by breaking through the barracade and taking the street. Their action gave the crowd a momentum which eventually lead to taking the street from the police. Blocking the exit for audience memebers and the media alike. It made a big enough imperssion to get media coverage. I sure it sent a clear message to those inside that they were trapped and we would decided when they got to leave. However, it was a move the police allowed. It was a lateral movement, not closer towards the debate, not towards that which the polie were protecting. The main campus itself.
Had the group moved forward the police would have done worse than they did. Now I don't want people to get hurt. I don't think direct action is always necessary and should never be the first choice. In this case I think the deciscion by some of the group leaders to step the protest up to a direct action level was necessary to get the attention these protests deserve but, we could have been more effective.
The back road out of UMass was the travel way for the canidates. No police were present there, because we lined up where they wanted us. The ground we took was our victory and it was a good one. Yet, it was a stand off on ground that was unimportant.
As the protests are made up of different groups and curiosity seekers it is up to those of us who organize the people to go one step further and think about the protest as a war. Where the terrain and layout are important to decisions. Intelligence of the land and possible police estimates and needed. They are organized and trained. We need to do all we can to out-think and outmaneouver them. I think it is our advantage and would surely be a surprise for the police who see only ragtag crazies and look down on us.
If a group of 20 or 30, which looked to be the size of the barrier breakers, had made a ten minute walk out of the campus to the side road we could have been saying to Bush and Gore
"You won't let Ralph in? We won't let you out!"
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a lame, annoying stunt
05 Oct 2000
"Blocking the exit for audience memebers and the media
alike. It made a big enough imperssion to get media coverage.
I sure it sent a clear message to those inside that they were
trapped and we would decided when they got to leave."
I'm a member of the UMass community, I was at the protests, and I also heard an account of what people from inside thought of your little street blocking stunt. You did not succeed in blocking anyone important from leaving, they were taken by limo, etc. via the backroad exit. What you did block were the buses, mostly tranporting UMass students who had viewed the debate via closed circuit TV from an auditorium on campus. So you managed to make the lives of some working class people a bit more difficult. Great. Nice going.
The only message you sent was "hey, look at US, we're blocking the road". Was that worth the injuries?