Posted 1 year ago on Sept. 14, 2011, 1:45 p.m. EST by anonymous
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So it looks like things are finally starting to shape up! We should be proud of ourselves, really getting pumped. The big day is only a few away. As it approaches, here are some inspiring materials that people may be interested to watch or even bring with them if they can figure out a way to do so. Obviously people have important logistics mustering to do but if you find yourself sitting around with time on your hands and feel like you can use a morale booster or two (perhaps people's internet-/video- capable phones and gadgets during the car ride?), have a look at these videos!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zejD0UkMGGY - This was recent, too. About the protests in Toronto against the G20 summit. I think some lessons that come out of this piece are:
-know your rights. Don't compromise on them. But still be playful and put a smile on the cops faces. -bring cameras! Use them! A lot! Instant-upload features to protect your footage against confiscation are a plus! -cops are people too. Use humor and love to disarm them, to snap them out of their stupid institutional, hierarchical dream that they're in. They're entire existence is pretty much a brainwashed joke anyways, so it really shouldn't be hard to sober them out of it. Just say clever, nonaggressive, unconfrontational things to make them think about what they're doing. Nit the sort of thing that will flair up their defenses right away.. They're human beings just like you and I and they have souls and moral consciences. You just need to find creative ways of getting through to them like Charlie in the film did to a degree. What if we can do better? -Follow-up will beg the issue of the police state. New-yorkers, if you follow-through on police violations like the torontites did in the film, it could set the stage for more (and more successful) of these demonstrations in the future. I believe Toronto will eventually become a safer place for activists and demonstrators because of this. Documentation of what's going on will be crucial for this to be successful. It would be good to warn the cops of how things went down in toronto. Perhaps if anyone has the equipment they can set up a projector and screen this so that the cops will inevitably be exposed to it as well on one of the days.
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2300254722104314948 - especially the beginning part.
-most important of all, that it works - it is extremely effective. Also, nonviolence is not weak, it requires great inner strength, resolve, and courage.
-Nonviolence will get covered up and will be starved of exposure because it embarrasses and scares the government. It is the worst kind of humiliation and they are forced to resort to outright lying in order to give the masses an impression that they were defending themselves. If you don't give the big media anything to sensationalize on, all they will have to attract viewers will be police brutality and violence, including arrest. The police and government will look bad to even the obedient masses and they'll be taken less and less seriously by the population, a victory for US.
So join Tank man, Gandhi, MLK, Thoreau, and the Buddha in staying nonviolent. Be a 'soldier of peace', a 'love police-man'.
Peace out, brothas and sistas!