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any news on the invasion of harvard square? (english)
28 Jul 2003
Modified: 11:42:12 PM
need an overview of what went on
what's the scoop? work prevented me from attending. did we take over the square?
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on the occupation (english)
28 Jul 2003
although a contingent of youths staged a protest beginning at noon, they soon left, and the occupation consisted mainly of some banners facing the pit and a display of contemporary photos from Central America taped to the glass of the subway entrance facing Cambridge Savings Bank. The socialists were there, wearing black t-shirts with Bush's face and the slogan "international terrorist."

the highlight of the occupation consisted of four factors:

1) a protester holding a life-sized cardboard cut-out of George Bush, with a sign dangling around his neck that read:

"Will Kill 4 Oil"

as people walked past, some of them reached out and slapped Bush's image in the face. after that the protester joked with and engaged the passers-by, asking them if anyone wanted to slap him. Some did. Everyone noted the sign. This sort of humorous interaction is excellent!

2) a giant banner reading "Bush Lies, Freedom Fries!" measuring about two meters by three meters across was hanging from the T-station facing the pit. The banner had a drawing of the Statue of Liberty in an electric chair about to be executed, holding a box of McDonald's french fries in one hand. what a great banner! The same person who made the banner had a t-shirt design with Bush's face edited onto King Kong as he stood on top of the Empire State Building swatting at airplanes. A word ballon rose up from the city below to cry: "Bad Monkey, No War!"

3) a tape was played in between musical sessions of a remix of Bush's State of the Union Speech. In the tape Bush declares that the US is fostering terrorism, that he will provide three nuclear missiles to every child in America, and other hilarious riffs, interspersed with thunderous applause. Passersby stopped to listen and shrieked with laughter at the irony.

4) the whole afternoon was accompanied by a terrific four piece jazz combo: electric keyboards, drums, electric guitar and saxaphone.

all in all the mood was relaxed, festive. of course, this is the people's republic of Cambridge, but thank Heaven for it!

one woman walked up to photograph the Bush Lies Freedom Fries banner and her boyfriend shouted at her: "Hey, Come Back Here! What are you doing! I'm a Marine! Damn it! I'll beat all those freaks up!" She took the photo and scampered back to the arms of her Marine, while many people were seen shaking their heads in either disgust or pity. The Marine looked around, and despite his 200 pound bulk and bull neck, perhaps it dawned on him that it might not be especially prudent or sane to physically attack some peaceniks in the center of Harvard Square on a beautiful Saturday afternoon...

Let's have more afternoons of quiet occupation! Spread peace and sanity! Show idiotic fascists that they just cannot win. And be damn sure you get ALL your friends to vote!
Bush's war t-shirt design (english)
28 Jul 2003
It wasn't big, but it was fun. (english)
28 Jul 2003
That was me with the Bush cut out. People really love to hate that thing. Especially people from France and Canada.

I think alot of people were confused about the activities of the day though. Through conditioning, we have been taught that to act against the war (or anything really) we
should stand in a group facing a podium listening to endless speakers and folk singers. At the end of the day we all go home and feel better about ourselves, right?

Have you ever felt that you have no more say in your movement than in your government?

Do you feel that it is a disgrace that the movement "leaders" have dropped the ball?

Do you feel like actually reaching people instead of preaching to the converted?

Look, if you want something done about this increasingly fucked up world you have to do it yourself. You don't need a degree or some sort of credentials to make a leaflet that calls for an action. You just have to make it happen.

Revolutionaries don't take summer vacations.

The people who came to Harvard Sq. on Saturday had a good time and reached people from everywhere in the world. We should do this every Saturday and encourage more people to step out against the system.
Leaderless? (english)
28 Jul 2003
People generally do not show up to an anonyous flyer calling an event, especially when it is clear that little to no effort was put into the organizing and outreach. This type of sloppy "organizing" gives a bad name to 'leaderless movements'...
28 Jul 2003
I would be the Ding Dong and freedom fries guy. I would just add that having stayed on through midnight, I can tell you that the large crowd that gathered to listen to the (non protest-related) band that played in the evening was, if anything, sympathetic to our message. Piggy-backing like this seems an effective way to reach people, especially the young (and transient) Harvard summer school crowd, so they can take our memes back home to the red states in the fall.

International tourists are also abundant in the square, and very receptive.

I realized also that with a big banner, you can get everyone who drives around the elbow of mass ave which is a lot of traffic. Muslin cloth is cheap and you can get large sizes at Johnson Artist Materials on Newbury St. across from JP Licks. Latex house paint is waterproof and also sold there. Ask for deals on incorrectly mixed paint to save on the paint.

It seems like there is increasing support for our views--we have to translate that into more active participation in large, lively demonstrations. Anyone reading this should spread the word STARTING NOW that we plan to be in Harvard Square every Saturday from noon to midnight (I do, anyway) for the foreseeable future.

Bring flashy, loud, and creative statements, come in costume, bring music, instruments!!

It is extremely important to keep these issues in the public view. I propose, if it doesn't exist already, a website with ideas for creative displays of dissent that interested people can copy and use elsewhere, with tips on production, etc.

Finally, thanks to everyone who came out, and see you next saturday.

We've lit a fire, now let's make it BURN!!!
what kind of an anarchist (english)
28 Jul 2003
complains about sloppy organizing?

We are people, not dogs who come only when their master calls.

I guess we should also wait for the DNC to pick our nominee for us, right?
Anarchist? (english)
28 Jul 2003
People definitely DO NOT show up when nobody does nothing.

My sloppy efforts at organizing and outreach did more than me doing nothing at all.

The BE-IN / Occupation of Harvard was called anonymously with the hope that people would run with the idea and have a sense of ownership over a movement to change the world.

Some people got it, some didn't.

See you next Saturday at the PIT COMMUNE.
organize, re-organize, amoeba vs. octopus! (english)
28 Jul 2003
Hey, Nick! Right on, bro! We the people, ARE the organization. Gus and I are meeting for beer to talk about future events. Give me a call if you want to join us. 617-818-6434. Others will be coming too.
I revise my opinion (english)
28 Jul 2003
In a previous post advertising for the protest, I was critical of the way the organizer (if that's the right term) was going about things. I have somewhat revised my opinion based on people's reports and wandering by the protest briefly. (I was running errands--I had actually written the whole thing off and forgotten about it, a mistake on my part.) Someone had put up a large piece of paper on which passers-by were scrawling anti-war, anti-Bush administration messages. I remembered then that to be effective a protest does not have to be large--a small one can be effective in its own way if it's creative. It doesn't get the same media attention, but that's not everything. It's actually probably less threatening to passers-by and a better way to draw people in. I think the "Invade Harvard Square" slogan was a bit misleading in that it created an image of large numbers in my head. And I still think it might have been a good idea to put a little more coordinating into the effort (such as having a meeting of interested affinity groups before hand), but I was wrong to dismiss the whole thing. My apologies to the "organizer".

P.S. What's wrong with revolutionaries taking vacations? We do need to take time out occasionally to refresh ourselves--otherwise we'll just get burned out and be useless.
About Vacations (english)
28 Jul 2003
I don't mean that individuals shouldn't take time off to relax.

It just seems like the movement itself has taken a summer vacation.
Beware of cops posting as "anarchists." (english)
28 Jul 2003
There is a cop from the Boston Police Department Special Operations Unit (John Daley) that often posts on Boston IndyMedia. He pretends to be an anarchist, or some other type of opponent to the regime and then ridicules real activists, hoping that others will think that his position represents that of an actual activists. The proof of this has been posted before. He messed up by reposting some of his crap on his own law enforcement website.

As for Saturday, I was there it was a blast. There were about three times as many people as normal there. The extra two thirds were definitely opponents of Bush. We had a great time making fun of King George and communing together. There was a sign over the pit that read "Pit Commune." There was an anarchist flag over the T station. Anti-Bush buttons, T-Shirts, and bumper stickers were available. A right winger showed up to counter-protest.

We should do this every Saturday. I had great conversations with many activists of various backgrounds. With all of the buttons, T-Shirts, Bumper stickers, and humour that was distributed, a large number of people that would never witness a demonstration will get the message.

I would consider the event a success.