A31 Remembered

In Culture jamming, Election 2006, New York City, US Politics on August 31, 2006 at 12:35 pm


Today is the 2-year anniversary of A31 (the day that well over a thousand people were arrested in NYC for protesting the Republican National Convention).

I found this interesting Wikipedia Page on the week of the RNC here.

For those that don’t know:

2004 Republican National Convention protest activity includes the broad range of marches, rallies, performances, demonstrations, exhibits, and acts of civil disobedience in New York City to protest the 2004 Republican National Convention and the nomination of President George W. Bush for the 2004 U.S. presidential election, as well as a much smaller number of people who marched to support Bush at the convention.

Hundreds of groups organized protests, including United for Peace and Justice, a coalition of more than 800 anti-war and social justice groups, and International ANSWER. So far, over 1800 individuals have been arrested by the authorities, a record for a political convention in the U.S. [citation needed] However nearly all of these charges were eventually dropped.

People who were involved, as well as all activists, should think back on this and reflect.  Have things gotten better?  Have they gotten worse?  What was done right or wrong?

With the upcoming elections in mind, it’s important to ask ourselves questions like this, and think about ways to make change in the future…..

  1. Political action without social transformation does not work. Can you propose a better social transformer than cannabis? Certainly not alcohol.

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