Zebra 3 Report by Joe Anybody
Wednesday, 22 February 2012
Menu of Tactics for Protesting and Occupying
Mood:  hungry

Occu-pie Menu of Tactics

Posted by nowisthetimeus on February 21, 2012

Tired of the boo-hoo-hum-drum of the Nonviolence/Diversity of Tactics debate?

Liberate yourself by using this handy dandy planning menu for your next Occu-pie!

Menu subject to changes according to whims.  Just can’t decide? Ask about our daily specials!


  • A la mode = sustained actions
  • Whipped Cream = flash actions
  • Fudge = clandestine action
  • Sprinkles = family friendly

Fruit and Cheeze platters (pairs well with Whine)

Public Speeches
Letters of opposition or support
Declarations by organizations and institutions
Signed public statements
Declarations of indictment and intention
Group or mass petitions

Berry Pies

Slogans, caricatures, and symbols
Banners, posters, and displayed communications
Leaflets, pamphlets, and books
Newspapers and journals
Records, radio, and television
Skywriting and earthwriting

Pie Eating Contest

Mock awards
Group lobbying
Mock elections

American Apple Pie (And other fruits)

Displays of flags and symbolic colors
Wearing of symbols
Prayer and worship
Delivering symbolic objects
Protest disrobings
Destruction of own property
Symbolic lights
Displays of portraits
Paint as protest
New signs and names
Symbolic sounds
Symbolic reclamations
Rude gestures

Bake Sale

“Haunting” officials
Taunting officials

Cobbler with Crumble topping

Humorous skits and pranks
Performances of plays and music

All you can  eat dessert Buffet

Religious processions

Sugarfree Desserts

Political mourning
Mock funerals
Demonstrative funerals
Homage at burial places

Cookie Platter

Assemblies of protest or support
Protest meetings
Camouflaged meetings of protest

Fat Free Desserts

Renouncing honors
Turning one’s back

Tart Custard Pies

Social boycott
Selective social boycott
Lysistratic nonaction

Custard Cream Pies

Suspension of social and sports activities
Boycott of social affairs
Student strike
Social disobedience
Withdrawal from social institutions

Mousse Pies

Total personal noncooperation
“Flight” of workers
Collective disappearance
Protest emigration (hijrat)


Consumers’ boycott
Nonconsumption of boycotted goods
Policy of austerity
Rent withholding
Refusal to rent
National consumers’ boycott
International consumers’ boycott

Pop Rocks

Workmen’s boycott
79. Producers’ boycott

Sorry, Vending Machine Broken

Suppliers’ and handlers’ boycott

Milk Duds

Traders’ boycott
Refusal to let or sell property
Refusal of industrial assistance
Merchants’ “general strike”


Withdrawal of bank deposits
Refusal to pay fees, dues, and assessments
Refusal to pay debts or interest
Severance of funds and credit
Revenue refusal
Refusal of a government’s money

Fair Trade Organic Chocolates

Domestic embargo
Blacklisting of traders
International sellers’ embargo
International buyers’ embargo
International trade embargo

Vegetable Pies

Protest strike
Quickie walkout (lightning strike)

Peasant strike
Farm Workers’ strike

Refusal of impressed labor
Prisoners’ strike
Craft strike
Professional strike

Establishment strike
Industry strike
Sympathetic strike

Detailed strike
Bumper strike
Slowdown strike
Working-to-rule strike
Reporting “sick” (sick-in)
Strike by resignation
Limited strike
Selective strike

Generalized strike
General strike

Economic shutdown

Mincemeat Pies

Withholding or withdrawal of allegiance
Refusal of public support
Literature and speeches advocating resistance

Boycott of legislative bodies
Boycott of elections
Boycott of government employment and positions
Boycott of government depts., agencies, and other bodies
Withdrawal from government educational institutions
Boycott of government-supported organizations
Refusal of assistance to enforcement agents
Removal of own signs and placemarks
Refusal to accept appointed officials
Refusal to dissolve existing institutions

Reluctant and slow compliance
Nonobedience in absence of direct supervision
Popular nonobedience
Disguised disobedience
Refusal of an assemblage or meeting to disperse
Noncooperation with conscription and deportation
Hiding, escape, and false identities
Civil disobedience of “illegitimate” laws

Selective refusal of assistance by government aides
Blocking of lines of command and information
Stalling and obstruction
General administrative noncooperation
Judicial noncooperation
Deliberate inefficiency and selective noncooperation by enforcement agents

Quasi-legal evasions and delays
Noncooperation by constituent governmental units

Changes in diplomatic and other representations
Delay and cancellation of diplomatic events
Withholding of diplomatic recognition
Severance of diplomatic relations
Withdrawal from international organizations
Refusal of membership in international bodies
Expulsion from international organizations

Nut Pies

Psychological Intervention
Self-exposure to the elements
The fast
Fast of moral pressure
Hunger strike
Satyagrahic fast
Reverse trial
Nonviolent harassment

Nonviolent raids
Nonviolent air raids
Nonviolent invasion
Nonviolent interjection
Nonviolent obstruction
Nonviolent occupation

Establishing new social patterns
Overloading of facilities
Guerrilla theater
Alternative social institutions
Alternative communication system

Reverse strike
Stay-in strike
Nonviolent land seizure
Defiance of blockades
Politically motivated counterfeiting
Preclusive purchasing
Seizure of assets
Selective patronage
Alternative markets
Alternative transportation systems
Alternative economic institutions

Overloading of administrative systems
Disclosing identities of secret agents
Seeking imprisonment
Civil disobedience of “neutral” laws
Work-on without collaboration
Dual sovereignty and parallel government

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Posted by Joe Anybody at 12:10 PM PST
Updated: Wednesday, 22 February 2012 12:11 PM PST
Sunday, 26 June 2011
F the Wars protest - video set from 6.24.11 in Portland Oregon
Mood:  chatty
Now Playing: F Wars - Stop the f -ing Wars protest - every Friday at 4PM

Posted by Joe Anybody at 11:21 AM PDT
Thursday, 2 June 2011
The Cure for Plutocracy: Strike!
Mood:  loud
Now Playing: The Cure for Plutocracy: Strike!by DAVID SWANSON

·                                  BY DAVID SWANSON: The Cure for Plutocracy: Strike!

The Cure for Plutocracy: Strike!by DAVID SWANSON

The central tool that must be revived is the strike that halts production
and imposes a cost on an employer. A strike is not a public relations stunt,
but a tool for shifting power from a few people to a great many. The era of
the death of labor, the era we have been living in, is the era of the scab
or replacement worker. Scabs were uncommon in the 1950s, spotted here and
there in the 1960s and 1970s, and widespread from the 1980s forward.

In the absence of understanding the need to truly strike, the labor movement
has tried everything else for the past 30 years: pretend strikes for
publicity, working to the rule (slowing down in every permitted way),
corporate campaigns pressuring employers from various angles, social
unionism and coalition building outside of the house of labor, living wage
campaigns, and organizing for the sake of organizing. These approaches have
all had some defensive successes, but they all appear powerless to turn the
ship around.

"[T]he idea that the labor movement can resolve its crisis simply by adding
new members -- without a powerful strike in place," writes Burns, "actually
constitutes one of the greatest theoretical impediments to union revival."
From 1995 to 2008, with unions focused on organizing the unorganized, the
U.S. labor movement shrank from 9.4 million to 8.2 million members. The
Service Employee International Union (SEIU)'s famous organizing success is
in large part the takeover of other unions, that is of people already
unionized, and in large part the bribing of politicians (through "campaign
contributions" and other pressure) to allow the organizing of public home
health-care workers. What's left of the labor movement is, in fact, so
concentrated in the public sphere, that unionized workers are being
effectively attacked as living off the hard-earned pay of private

The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), so much a part of candidate Obama's
campaign, and now long forgotten, might not fix anything if passed, in
Burns' analysis. To succeed, the labor movement needs the sort of
exponential growth it has had at certain moments in the past. Easier
organizing alone would not persuade enough workers that joining a union is
good for them. But persuading them that joining a union holds immediate
advantages for them would revive labor with or without EFCA. And EFCA might
make things worse. EFCA tries to legislate the right to quickly create new
contracts, to avoid employer stalling. But it does this by subjecting
workers to the decisions of arbitrators. Rather than empowering a class of
arbitrators, the labor movement we had until 30 years ago would have
considered the obvious solution to be empowering workers to compel the
creation of contracts through the power of the production-halting strike.

Striking does not require a union or majority support but is itself a tool
of organizing and radicalizing, with a minority of leaders moving others to
join in what they would not choose to do alone. Solidarity is the process as
well as the product of a labor movement. And it is by building strikes with
the power to halt entire sectors of the economy, not through bribes and
emails and marches, that ordinary people gain power over their so-called
representatives in government. "Imagine telling Samuel Gompers or Mother
Jones or the Reuther brothers or Jimmy Hoffa that trade unions could exist
without a strike. However, in the name of pragmatism," Burns writes, "the
'progressive' trade unionists of today have fit themselves into a decaying
structure. On a deeper level, they have abandoned the goal of creating the
type of labor movement capable of transforming society."

To turn this around, Burns suggests, we will have to change the way we think
about workplaces. According to our courts, a man or woman can work for
decades in a business and nonetheless have no legal interest in it, the
legal interest belonging entirely to the employer. The employer can move the
business to another country without violating a labor contract. The employer
can sell out to another employer and eliminate a labor contract in the
process. The employer can break a strike with scabs. The National Labor
Relations Act (NLRA) of 1935 might have looked good on paper, but its
interpretation by courts and restriction by other legislation -- notably the
Taft Hartley Act of 1947 -- have made clear its weaknesses. Labor has no
choice left, Burns argues, but to repeal the NLRA by noncompliance.


Posted by Joe Anybody at 6:29 AM PDT
Sunday, 10 April 2011
Martin Luther King - What we can learn from him in 2011
Mood:  energetic
Now Playing: Thinking For Ourselves (Beyond Protests) - A letter to provoke

The following letter was sent to me by email, by someone who thought it applied alot to today in the year 2011. I do not know the author or the oriinal dte it was written ~joe


Beyond Protests
By Shea Howell

April is a time of reflection for me. I was a senior in college in April 1968 and vividly remember the news of Dr. King’s assassination. We had been planning to join him in May as part of the Poor Peoples Campaign. This was Dr. King’s effort to reinvigorate non-violent strategies with a visible presence in Washington, demanding an economic bill of rights to end poverty.
In the chaos after his death, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference decided to go ahead with the occupation of the Washington Mall. Thousands of people converged at the Capitol, demanding the government end the war in Vietnam and commit 30 billion dollars to provide full employment, a guaranteed annual income and low cost housing.
It was a dispiriting time. The leadership of the SCLC was in chaos. The weather was against us; the tents and shanties of Resurrection City sank into the mud.
Two months after Dr. King was shot, Bobby Kennedy was killed. The Poor People’s Campaign faded and the nation elected Richard Nixon its new president on the promise of “law and order.”
It was a time of despair. The country was drifting further away from the promise of those early days of the civil rights movement when we felt that we were remaking America into a democracy that included all of its people.
Those moments are on my mind now as we witness the vicious attacks on unions, teachers, immigrants, urban dwellers, students, the homeless, our young, our elders and those least able to care for themselves. In honor of Dr. King, thousands of people around the country have rallied to protest against those who have taken over the halls of state legislatures initiating and supporting policies to strip away basic rights and protections for people.
These protests are essential for our own self-respect. But they are not sufficient to turn the tide.
A year to the day before he was killed Dr. King spoke about breaking the silence on Vietnam.
King came to this speech with agony. He had witnessed the uprisings in Watts where the young people challenged his commitment to nonviolence. He was increasingly isolated and exhausted. He said early in the speech, “Some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak.”
Dr. King said he was compelled to “make a passionate plea to my beloved nation” because he “knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today—my own government.”
From that perspective Dr. King challenged us to recognize that we were on “the wrong side of a world revolution.”“Increasingly,” he explained, “by choice or by accident, this is the role our nation has taken … by refusing to give up the privileges and the pleasures that come from the immense profits of overseas investments.”
He challenged us,  “If we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. …We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”
King did not live to give shape to this transformation. But he left us with the challenge to “engage in the positive actions” that “make democracy real.” This requires much more than protests from us all.

Posted by Joe Anybody at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 20 January 2011
Tunisia Revolution and "breaking Free from Opression"
Mood:  lyrical
Now Playing: revolution and leaders - I want one but not the other

A Dire Warning to Tyrants

Posted by Darian Worden on Jan 20, 2011 in
 CommentaryComments (0)

Arab politicians fear that the revolution still working itself out in Tunisia is inspiring their own subjects to revolt. The escalating protests that managed to unseat the 23-year rule of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali were immediately sparked by the self-immolation of a fruit peddler after police seized his vending cart, an event that people chafing under political repression and economic marginalization could not ignore. As an anarchist — an advocate of maximizing individual liberty by eliminating authority — I recognize the Tunisian revolution is unlikely to immediately establish my ideal, but I celebrate it nonetheless.

The flight of Ben Ali from the country he once ruled is a warning to other tyrants, particularly those in the Arab world. There are limits to the amount of oppression people will suffer passively. Tyrants who go too far in their domination and looting of the ruled will lose their seats of power. The top oppressors might be able to take some loot with them and retire under the protection of fellow criminals, but even they should not rest easy in a time of revolution. When enough individuals are motivated to withdrawal acquiescence to government, tyrants will be unseated. The powers of persuasion, solidarity, technology, strike, and direct action can help freedom-seeking people overcome all the lies and terrorism that ill-gotten wealth can purchase.

Withdrawing support for one government leaves the question of who and what will replace it. Within society there are many groups of individuals pushing for different interests. Some of them are well-positioned to move into the blind spots of unrest and establish their power over other people. Foreign and domestic economic interests and political ambitions threaten liberty in any revolutionary scenario.

Even if all the officials bearing large responsibility for the old regime were ousted, the exchange of rulers would be disdained by those who want no rulers. Anarchists should take steps to prevent the rise of new authorities. This requires not being overly dogmatic, but knowing to apply and discuss principles in a way that is relevant to peoples’ lives.

An empowered populace with strong libertarian principles can prevent new tyrants from gaining hold. The oft-lamented “power vacuum” that political strongmen take advantage of would be less of an issue if power is widely distributed through social networks that empower individuals and challenge authority.

Popular revolution, even when it does not immediately make a country ungovernable, can be a step in society’s evolution toward anarchy. Anarchy may be a continually evolving process, but some evolutions are more crucial and sudden than others. A popular revolution can result in a more favorable environment for establishing libertarian autonomous zones, and enable people to seize and mutualize services and resources controlled by the government and its cronies. As always the political climate must figure into any reasonable calculus of action. Action should motivate more people to support projects of anarchy than it motivates to support reactionary projects of repression.

From an anarchist perspective, there is merit to the argument that the establishment of a less-bad government perpetuates the institution of government: If an evil is tolerable, it is more likely to be tolerated, but if a peoples’ only experience with government is negative, they might be more inclined to discard it altogether. However, it seems at least as likely that severely oppressed people will aim to create a government that is better relative to what they are used to. A government that does less evil might create a more favorable environment for the expansion of libertarian social organization to the point where government is popularly looked upon as an unnecessary intrusion and thereby disintegrates. In the Tunisian case, the experience gained in undermining oppression through direct action will probably be beneficial to cultural development.

However events in Tunisia unfold, they show that revolution is possible and that individuals outside the power structures are not stuck with the roles of spectator, cheerleader, or pawn in the maneuvers of the powerful. I congratulate the revolutionaries of Tunisia and hope they make this revolution a major step in the evolution toward maximum individual liberty.

C4SS News Analyst Darian Worden is an individualist anarchist writer with experience in libertarian activism. His fiction includes Bring a Gun To School Day and the forthcoming Trade War. His essays and other works can be viewed at DarianWorden.com. He also hosts an internet radio show, Thinking Liberty.

Posted by Joe Anybody at 12:42 PM PST
Monday, 27 December 2010
War is Over If You Want It - Anti War video from London Catholic Workers
Mood:  incredulous
Now Playing: Shut Down Military Recruiters Office - Video - Peace - Love

Posted by Joe Anybody at 2:53 PM PST
Saturday, 4 December 2010
TOGA AFRICA SOLIDARITY - Joe Anybody in Washington DC 3/25/10
Mood:  loud
Now Playing: Toga Solidarity against a regime that has opressed and used violence for over 43 years in Toga West Africa

Posted by Joe Anybody at 2:29 PM PST
Updated: Saturday, 4 December 2010 2:30 PM PST
Friday, 19 November 2010
A win for a 43 day SIT IN for a School Library (repost)
Mood:  lyrical
Now Playing: Parents in a low-income Chicago neighborhood endured a 43-day sit-in to get a library for their children.

A Sit-In Success Story

Parents in a low-income Chicago neighborhood endured a 43-day sit-in to get a library for their children.

by Micah Uetricht


Whittier Elementary School is a lot like other public schools in low-income areas of Chicago. Located in the Mexican immigrant neighborhood of Pilsen, it lacks many basic resources that parents and students in wealthier districts take for granted: buildings that aren’t crumbling, cafeterias rather than hallways where students can eat lunch, a library.

In other ways, Whittier stands apart from other schools in the city. Students’ parents—many of whom are undocumented—just completed a 43-day occupation of a fieldhouse on school grounds, facing down police and threats of deportation to demand that the Chicago Public Schools reverse an order for the building’s demolition and provide their children with a library. And they won.

Protecting La Casita

Whittier parents have long been engaged in their children's educations. For seven years, a group made up mostly of students’ mothers has been organizing community meetings, talking with other parents, and pressuring local politicians to give more funding and attention to the things they say their school lacks. Their hub is a small fieldhouse they call “La Casita,” the little house, on school grounds near a parking lot.

Last year the parents achieved a breakthrough when alderman Danny Solis approved $1.4 million in tax increment financing (TIF) funds for the school. Whittier was still in need of major repairs, and still lacked a library, but the mothers thought they had scored a victory.

But in November 2009, as they examined an itemized budget of the TIF money they thought would improve their children’s education, they noticed that CPS had made a peculiar allotment of $356,000—to demolish La Casita and create a soccer field that would be shared with a nearby private school. The money for which the parents had fought was now being used to destroy their community center.

CPS administration claimed the building was dilapidated, too damaged to feasibly be repaired. But the parents disagreed, claiming that the money for demolition of La Casita was far more than it would take to fix it. Despite the parents’ complaints, administration officials would not budge. (Later, the parents were dismayed to learn that CPS had planned to demolish the building prior to conducting an assessment. They hired an independent assessor who said the building was fundamentally sound, in need mostly of work on the roof.)

Stymied by official channels, the parents decided there was only one way to prevent the razing of their community center: refuse to leave it.

43 days

One of those parents is Anastacia Hernandez, She is a mother of three—two Whittier alums and one current Whittier fourth grader—who has lived in the neighborhood for more than two decades. Born in Michoacan, Mexico, she immigrated to the U.S. in 1989, and has never lived anywhere other than Pilsen.

She became involved with other mothers at the school after a neighborhood activist invited her to a meeting; a few years later, she sitting in the field house, refusing to leave unless CPS officials called off the demolition and built a library.

On September 16, Anastacia, and about ten other parents entered La Casita in defiance of CPS’s condemnation order. They said they wouldn’t leave until citywide administrators agreed to rescind the order and build them a library.

Word traveled quickly around the city—both to supportive activists in Pilsen and beyond, and to the Chicago Police Department.

“I’ll never forget when I looked out the window and we were surrounded by police,” Anastacia told me, in Spanish. “I felt like I was in a war.”

For hours, there was a tense standoff between the parents inside La Casita and the police outside. When the CPD announced that immigration authorities would be called and everyone would be arrested, half the parents occupying the building left, fearing deportation or jeopardizing their tenuous immigration status. Anastacia stayed. In the midst of the chaos, she says she paused, considering what was happening.

“I asked myself why we had to suffer so much, simply because we want a library for our children,” she recalled. She began praying.

The large crowd of supporters gathered outside realized that the numbers were on their side—and that the police would likely be hesitant to drag a group of mothers out of their community center and arrest them in front of news cameras—and began jumping the fence, rushing past the police line to join the protesters in La Casita. With no other choices, the police left.

So began a 43-day standoff at Whittier, with parents sitting tight in the field house, joined by hundreds of community members. Police would return regularly to La Casita, but did little. On October 4, CPS cut off heat to the building, only to spark a public outcry that led to a unanimous city council resolution demanding it be turned back on.

“Why can’t my kids have what other kids have?”

Anastacia told me about the sit-in as we sat around the kitchen table of another protester—Araceli Gonzalez, affectionately known as “Cheli,” a 46-year-old mother of three current and former Whittier students who has lived in Pilsen for decades. Her small, second-floor apartment is a few blocks from the school. The walls are covered with glossy 8x10s of her children and her recently born grandchild; hand-drawn pictures, along with school notices, cover the entire fridge. As her daughter Daniela, 10, and her son Ricardo, 14, played Monopoly in their room, she and Anastacia sat in front of a large bowl of leftover Halloween candy, explaining the sit-in. Cheli says she was only "moderately" involved at La Casita before she occupied it for 43 days.

"I honestly have no idea how I got so involved," she says with a grin that acknowledged the statement's slight absurdity.

Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Cheli moved here with her parents when she was 11. Her often late and early hours as a teller at a bank to the west of the neighborhood prevented her from being as involved as Anastacia, but she has long been outraged at the condition of her children's school. Once the sit-in began, however, her life became La Casita: she spent almost every night there, going to work on little sleep; her teenage son cooked meals for her before football practice; she kept a change of clothes in her car so she could leave directly from Whittier to work.

One day, a demolition crew showed up, and a slight scuffle ensued between the crew and the protesters. Cheli was at work, but her 10-year-old daughter Daniela was at the field house. In the confusion, Daniela was pushed.

When Cheli heard about the incident, she went into a panic.

“Daniela was crying, I was crying, I was saying I was sorry over and over,” she remembered. “I felt so guilty, like I put her there. She could’ve been at home.”

Daniela wasn’t hurt, but the incident shook Cheli up. Soon after, it enraged her. “It’s ridiculous what we have to go through for our kids. And why?” she asked. “I wasn’t born here, but I took the test. I became a citizen. I did what they wanted. Now, I pay taxes. I follow the law. Why can’t my kids have what other kids have? Is it because we’re brown? Do I have to move somewhere else and pay $2000 in rent?”

Cheli called her daughter to the kitchen from her Monopoly game. Daniela had given an impressive interview on Democracy Now! from inside the field house a few weeks earlier that would have made a press secretary proud; as she shyly walked in the kitchen, avoiding eye contact in what appeared to be Hannah Montana pajamas, she again looked like a fifth grader. When I mentioned I had seen her on TV, she blushed.

Strength and success

During the occupation, as CPS dragged their feet on coming to an agreement, the parents decided they did not want to wait any longer for a decision on the library. They would make their own, there in La Casita. Book donations quickly poured in from around the world, and before long, La Casita had an impressively stocked library.

After almost a month and a half of negotiations with CPS administrators, including CEO Ron Huberman, the mothers finally got what they had been fighting for: a commitment, in writing, that La Casita would not be torn down, and that Whittier would get a library. The mothers were—and are—wary of CPS going back on its promises, but on the 43rd day of the occupation, they declared victory. The bold action of a sit-in had forced one of the largest school districts in the country to cave on every single major demand.

Today, the mothers are still meeting with administrators, negotiating and ironing out details. Parents have begun meeting in the field house again, although CPS officials still classified the building as structurally unsound, preventing children from entering. But on the whole, the battle has been won.

Both women said their fight for La Casita had changed them profoundly.

“I realized how strong we were,” said Ana. “And now my kids know, too, that they can fight, and they can win.”

Cheli agreed. “At 46 years old, I am a completely different person. And I’m so glad.”

The women discussed how the future library would make them “the happiest people in the world.” And they thought of the other 146 schools in the city lacking libraries.

“I want parents whose kids don’t have a library to fight for one,” said Cheli. “Look at us: We won everything we wanted.”

Micah Uetricht wrote this article for YES! Magazine, a national, nonprofit media organization that fuses powerful ideas with practical actions. Micah is a staff writer for the Chicago web magazine GapersBlock.com, and is a frequent contributor to In These Times and WorkingInTheseTimes.com. He lives in Chicago, and can be reached at micah [dot] uetricht [at] gmail [dot] com.

Posted by Joe Anybody at 10:29 PM PST
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Standing Up to the TSA - Protest the TSA in Portland on November 24 2010
Mood:  energetic
Now Playing: PROTESTING THE TSA - Homeland Security Airport Civil Rights Infringments 11.24.10

Because of the new TSA "enhanced security" measures, we are now having to transmit words that we would never have used before in decent conversations.
"Why do we have to go through all of this?"
Standing Up to the TSA
By Becky Akers
View all 16 articles by Becky Akers
Published 11/17/10 

Don't Fly

Almost overnight, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has gone from national joke to national nightmare. Passengers used to laugh when screeners so inept they missed 60-75% of the fake bombs undercover investigators smuggled past them nonetheless proclaimed themselves gods. No one's laughing now, though, as the TSA ogles us with carcinogenic technology and sexually assaults anyone who objects. 

Over 300 of the agency's "naked" scanners lurk in 60-some airports nationwide, with more on the way; eventually, the agency will irradiate every passenger on every flight. These gizmos peer through clothing to photograph bodies in graphic detail. The TSA makes much of offering a "choice": if you dislike posing nude for the government, its perverts will grope you instead -- "prob[ing]," "prodding" and pushing "up your thighs and between your legs until we meet resistance" (and they don't mean a slap in the face). You also suffer this indignity, even if you submit to the scan, should it reveal "anomalies" such as piercings or prostheses. 

Are you still flying? Why? For your own protection and that of your children, for liberty's sake, stay on the ground until Congress abolishes the TSA. No destination on earth or convenience in reaching it, no vacation, Thanksgiving dinner, meeting or sales trip, is worth the degradation the TSA is dishing out. 

Its new "pat down procedures ... allow security officers to touch passengers of the same gender in sensitive areas such as the breasts and genitals..." These attacks have been "likened to ‘foreplay' pat-downs ... [screeners are] using the new front-of-the-hand, slide-down screening technique for ... over-the-clothes searches of passengers' breast and genital areas." 

Such mass mauling is unprecedented. No regime anywhere at any time, however totalitarian or brutal, has ever routinely denuded and molested citizens. 

Don't underestimate the trauma of such aggression nor succumb to the TSA's bland assurances that a screener "of the same gender" will paw you. We're talking sexual assault here, not a few moments of discomfort you'll quickly forget. Feelings of rage and helplessness, depression and worthlessness, can plague victims for months. 

Most pilots are veterans of the Air Force; they're pretty tough cookies who may even have survived combat. Yet one of them "experienced a frisking [from the TSA] that has left him unable to function as a crewmember. Words used to describe the incident include ‘rape' and ‘sexual molestation,' and in the aftermath of trying to recover this pilot has literally vomited in his own driveway while contemplating going back to work and facing the possibility of a similar encounter with the TSA." 

It's one thing for a predator to force your submission at gunpoint; it's another to voluntarily enter an airport and endure the TSA's onslaught. Knowing that you could have avoided it entirely but instead cooperated with your assailants and even paid them to violate you will cripple you with despair. 

Meanwhile, a former cop points out that the TSA no longer inflicts "pat-downs" but something far worse: "A ‘pat-down' search by definition is ‘a frisk or external feeling of the outer garments of an individual for weapons only. ... anyone who watches cop shows knows what a pat-down search is. The words are part of the American lexicon, and the public's image of a pat-down search by police is something that isn't all that bad." Shame on us that we didn't consider it "all that bad" for the TSA to defy the Fourth Amendment's prohibition on "unreasonable," warrantless searches, though previously with the "backs of their hands." The cop continues: "... In police work, [the TSA's current method is] called a custody search [and] includes everything short of a cavity search. The TSA needs to be honest about what they're doing. It's not nice to lie to the American people." 

Ah, but lying is the TSA's forte. Despite the hundreds of passengers wailing about molestation, despite the videotapes popping up on the internet to document their stories, despite infuriated pilots' unions and flight attendants' lawsuits, the agency blithely denies what millions have witnessed: "there is no fondling, squeezing, groping, or any sort of sexual assault taking place at airports," asserts its website. "You have a professional workforce carrying out procedures they were trained to perform to keep aviation security safe." Imagine if they trying to keep aviation security dangerous. 

The TSA lies about everything, all the time. But it surpasses even its own astounding record of deception when it comes to naked scanners. For starters, it implies it foisted them on us to counteract the Underwear Bomber. Yet it was already testing them years before Umar Farouk Abdullmutallab oh-so-conveniently emasculated himself. Indeed, as long ago as 2006, the agency was touting porno-scanners as "likely future replacements for the metal detectors now in use." Nor will these contraptions stay in airports. Cops may already be peering through your curtains and bathrobe with portable versions. 

But perhaps the TSA's biggest whoppers whitewash the hazards to our health from the two technologies with which it strips us. Experts in medicine, biochemistry, and biophysics warn that one, backscatter X-ray, concentrates in the skin rather than diffusing through the body as medical radiation does; therefore, the dose you receive is shockingly high -- far higher than the government admits. Dr. Jeff Zervas, a surgeon in Montevideo, Minnesota, told me, "As far as living tissue is concerned, the less exposure to ionizing radiation, the better. Zero is best." Dr. Zervas also worried about the TSA's legendary incompetence: "What happens, for example, if some clown leaves the machine on, and a passenger's standing in the field? And who calibrates these things? I wouldn't trust a bureaucrat or anyone else without a stake in its safety to do it properly." 

Dr. David Caskey, a cardiologist who was also teaching at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans when we spoke, seconded that: "In the medical industry we try as hard as possible to avoid even the smallest dose of radiation. Here you will be subjected to a rather significant amount. The result can and will be an increase in cataract formation, thyroid cancer, bone marrow suppression, etc." He was especially concerned for female passengers. "Even low level radiation can adversely affect a woman's ovaries. There's the potential for later birth defects. That risk increases if the woman is pregnant in the first trimester when she would likely be unaware of the pregnancy." 

Millimeter waves may be even worse. No one knows their exact effects on human flesh, but one study concludes that they "unzip double-stranded DNA, creating bubbles in the double strand that could significantly interfere with processes such as gene expression and DNA replication. ... a new generation of cameras are set to appear that not only record [millimeter] waves but also bombard us with them..."


You might suppose that bureaucrats who constantly prate about protecting us would fret over the consequences of irradiating two million passengers per day, day after day. Nope. Instead, they insist against all evidence that the "technologyis safe and meets national health and safety standards. ... the radiation doses for the individuals being screened, operators, and bystanders were well below the dose limits specified by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). ... Advanced imaging technology screening is safe for all passengers, including children, pregnant women, and individuals with medical implants." 

As you value your life, as you value liberty, don't fly. We must boycott aviation until the TSA dies. Nor should we settle for a mere suspension of the agency's ogling and groping. Our goal is nothing less than the TSA's complete abolition; so long as it survives, it will await its chance -- or create one -- to molest us again. Another "terrorist" attack, and we'll fight this same battle. 

Indeed, we already did, in 2004: TSA was manhandling passengers then, too, though only women and above the waist. Its excuse? Two airliners had crashed within moments of one another in Russia that August. A Chechan woman had boarded each flight, and though the wreckage was so scattered authorities on the scene could not determine what caused the disasters, the TSA pronounced the ladies rebels who'd obviously hidden bombs in their bosoms. Hence, Americans screeners would molest female passengers. 

TSA got away with this for three months before the public's outrage forced it to desist. But this time must be the last. This time we stay on the ground until Congress disbands the TSA. Let's evict politicians and bureaucrats from aviation's security so that experts who understand the industry can design systems as unobtrusive and effective as those securing our homes, email accounts, cars. 

But don't waste your time begging Congress. Why bother after it went deaf to our cries on the bail-out and Obamacare? Hit its corporate cronies instead. Given the incest between the Feds and Big Business, boycotts are probably our most effective tactic. The American colonists tried one just before the Revolution exploded: under their "non-importation agreement," Patriots refused to buy British goods. Much of the despotism afflicting the colonies was due to mercantilism, to the government's favoring wealthy and influential merchants at everyone else's expense. Sound familiar? Just as the British East India Company benefitted from subsidies, the granting of monopolies, and protective laws, so do airlines today. But when the colonists refused to play their role as consumers, the whole rotten mess collapsed. 

So don't fly, or at least don't buy any more tickets until the airlines and allied industries press Congress to abolish the TSA. Educate your family and friends; infrequent travelers may not know of the TSA's newest, literal grab for power. 

If your job requires travel, talk to your boss about alternatives. Tell him how much productivity the TSA sucks from the American economy, that his interests, too, require this vile agency to disappear. Ask if you can "meet" with clients via teleconferences or iChat. 

If you're already holding tickets for the upcoming holidays, demand a refund and tell the airline why. Advise it you won't fly again until TSA is dismantled. 

If you absolutely must fly -- if you'll lose your job otherwise or the airline refuses you a refund (remember: the point of the boycott is to hurt the airlines' bottom line, not hand them free money for no services) -- prepare yourself mentally. Determine the point beyond which you will not permit the TSA to proceed -- "if he touches my thigh, if he seems headed below my waist" -- and leave when that seems imminent. Ergo, pack lightly or not at all so you don't worry about a checked bag continuing to Des Moines while you head home. 

Reports conflict about what happens to those who cut short the TSA's fun. The Ninth District Court of Appeals ruled in 2007 that once your bag hits the conveyor belt at the checkpoint, you may not depart: in effect, you become the TSA's prisoner. In practice, screeners may permit you to escape without much fuss, or they may "detain" you, threaten, browbeat and intimidate you, call the cops, or "escort" you from the airport. 

While grounded, write the CEO's of airlines, hotels, and tourist attractions that you'll patronize them only when the TSA vanishes. Cut up your frequent-flyer card and include it in your letter to the airlines; let hotels know how often you once travelled and how you'd love to do so again. Folks already using these tactics have succeeded so wildly that "executives from the travel industry, including online travel sites, theme parks and hotels" demanded a meeting with "Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and [TSA chief John] Pistole [last] Friday to discuss their concerns that security is crimping travel. ‘We have received hundreds of e-mails and phone calls from travellers vowing to stop flying,' said Geoff Freeman, an executive vice president of the U.S. Travel Association ... " 

You can also join groups like wewon'tfly.com and National Opt-Out Day. But these organizations object to the TSA's current insults rather than the agency itself. That's not only short-sighted, it betrays a profound ignorance of government's nature -- which the TSA is working overtime to reveal. Stripped of its marble monuments and fluttering flags, the State exposes its utter evil each time a screener torments a toddler or "groin-checks" another citizen. 

As the TSA denudes us, government is nakedly on display. 

Copyright © 2010 Campaign for Liberty 

Portland, OR
Nov. 24, Noon - 1:30pm
Speak Out! 
We need sign holders to join us in our protest of the unconstitutional TSA/Homeland Security policy?  These shake downs at airports are not about "security".  It  is about CONTROL!  If it is not stopped, it will lead to more humiliation in more areas of our communities.... malls, theaters, restaurants, offices, banks, schools, etc.  We must stop this infringement of our 4th Amendment rights to be secure in our persons and effects, against unreasonable searches.  Please join us in this 1-1/2 hour protest and stand up for freedom!
Mark your calendar!
Date:  November 24
Time:  Noon to 1:30pm (thereabouts)
Where:  At Lombard St. and Airport Way overpass (near PDX airport)
Bring:  Very large signs condemning the humiliating pat-downs and carcinogenic and porn x-rays; also condemning TSA, Homeland Security Agency and Patriot Act that started all this infringement of our rights.
Please RSVP, so that we can have a head count.
Also, contact your U.S. Reps and demand and to TSA, close up Homeland Security and abolish the Patriot Act.  See note below.
Suzanne  Brownlow

"Why do we have to go through all of this?" 

Posted by Joe Anybody at 10:31 AM PST
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
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November 19-21, Vigil to Shut Down the SOA
Gather at the gates of Ft. Benning in nonviolent resistance to let our voices be heard.

This year there will be different ways for people to be involved in the Saturday action including crossing the line of the base of Fort Benning which risks federal arrest, or a city side action, outside the permitted area. But note that you may also participate without risking arrest. SOA Watch has permits for the activities in front of the base, and the acts of civil disobedience for those risking arrest will be clearly marked.

Want to participate in nonviolent direct action, but can’t risk a federal arrest?

This year some in our community are inviting interested individuals and groups to join in an action of civil disobedience in Columbus Georgia on Saturday. This will be an action on city property, not the base, and carries different legal risks. Individuals who participate in the action could expect after arrest to
a) be in jail until they are bonded out and to have to appear in court, and bond money may be applied to possible fine. The jail schedule lists $1000 bond for misdemeanors and city offenses for out-of-staters and $300-500 for in-staters;
b) stay in jail longer without paying a bond and appear in court and possibly pay a fine.

Folks that are interested should:
  • Form an affinity group
  • Get in touch with Charity Ryerson from the Direct Action Working Group at charityryerson@gmail.com
  • Attend a nonviolence training on Friday, November 19th in the morning or afternoon. If you are not able to attend either time periods please contact joannepsheehan@gmail.com for things to do prior to coming to vigil.
  • Attend the Direct Action preparation meeting on Friday night 7:30-9:30pm, Convention Center 207; or Saturday after the plenary at 10:45am
  • Attend the Saturday Morning Plenary 9-10:30 at Convention Center
  • For last minute nonviolence training please meet on Saturday, November 20th, at 1:30pm near the Food Not Bombs tent on Ft. Benning road.
  • For Legal advice please consult Alison at alimc02@yahoo.com or Nikki at nikkithanos@gmail.com.

    People willing to risk federal arrest by crossing the line onto the base of Fort Benning, please contact Judith Kelly at silverdove(at)verizon.net. People cross the line of the base in order to get closer to the School of Americas, the place where many abuses throughout Latin America begin.

  • Join human rights activists from religious communities, unions, student groups, among others, in non-violent direct action. We look to the thousands before us, who have participated in civil disobedience by "putting their bodies on the line" leading to 297 different people serving time in federal prison leading to almost 100 collective years. These Prisoners of Conscience are part of the inspiration and strength of the movement. Click here for more information on last years Prisoner of Conscience.

    Brian DeRouen and Meagan Doty arrested in 2004, prisoners of Conscience crossing the line to the base in 2004

    "While these brave peacemakers have been incarcerated and sentenced to probation for their courageous acts, those responsible for the use of the torture manuals at the SOA and for training human rights abusers have never seen a jail cell from the inside. We are here to change that." -Father Roy Bourgeois

    Due to our presence at the gates of Fort Benning every year, SOA Watch has become known as one of the largest, grassroots movements in the U.S. We gather in the diverse traditions of nonviolence of those who walk before us. It is one of our strongest strategies of defiance to U.S. militarism that is increasing throughout the Americas. This direct action is also what keeps pressure on the Department of Defense and Congress to SHUT DOWN THE SOA/WHINSEC.


    See you at the gates of

    Fort Benning, Georgia!


    SOA Watch

    We appreciate your interest!

    Posted by Joe Anybody at 11:18 AM PDT
    Updated: Wednesday, 27 October 2010 12:46 PM PDT

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