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Jenna at the Poor People's March

Just
spoke to Jenna who is in the field at the Poor Peoples' March at the
UN.  As of 5:00 PM the rally was still going in preparation for
the march.  Police presence was quite apparent and they seemed
ready to do their level best with several paddy wagons ready for the
protesters.  Jenna said that many of these porotesters were deaf
and she wondeered how the authorities might deal with that issue. 
Just got another call from Jenna as I write this.  She said things
have heated up a bit.  She and some fellow protesters were pushed
onto the side walk away from the rally itself and that clearly the cops
were waiting for the rally to hits the streets so they could start
filling up their wagons.  She asked me to check in with her around
6 to see what was up.  Clearly she has no intention of being
arrested but neither did our fellow radical librarian Matthew B. 
It's all up for grabs people.

Events

Some of the RRL's might be meeting up at these events:

Monday, Aug. 30, 4 p.m., New York State Deputies Association (police union) protesting at a keynote event at Bryant Park Grill, 25 West 40th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues. More of their protests are

Answer: NYC Protests

The anti-nuclear demonstration in New York on June 12, 1982, is estimated to have been from 400,000 to one million. (Common Dreams: Common Dreams). Pictures of the protest can be found here: War Resisters and here Culture of Peace.

Observations at the "Chaos on Broadway" Demonstration:

I went to the Chaos on Broadway demonstration with Derek. We met at the corner of 6th Avenue and 48th street, where there were several police and vehicles. We met Josh, a Columbia journalist student writing about us, outside New Amsterdam Theatre--currently playing The Lion King. On our way, we also saw several policepersons. Derek and I were quite apprehensive, since the promoters of the event openly invited people to break the law, and we both decided to dress low-key.

breaking 5:30pm: mass arrests theater district

According to No RNC Sound Coalition, who is receiving phone calls from the street, there are mass arrests in the theater district near 46th and Broadway. Approximatly 100-150 people (including Legal observers) have been surrounded by NYCPD and the police are using orange neting to entrap the group of people. If you know anyone who has been arrested please call National Lawyers Guild at 212 -679-6018. Listen in for more details.

CSPAN: Good Coverage of March

CSPAN is covering the peace march today, and the coverage seems to be pretty good so far. They are shooting footage of the police as well as of the protestors. They also aren't editing much, so one

Library workers raise voices (Frequent updates)

CHECK HERE FOR UPDATES. WE'LL POST THEM AS COMMENTS.

(Sunday, 11:20am EDT)

Chuck0, a street librarian, reported that a contingent of 40 library workers, Radical Reference and Librarians against Bush, are gathering at 22nd street and 7th Avenue in the mobilization section of United For Peace and Justice, located next to the Code Pink contingent which are carrying mannequins and signs that say "pink slip Bush".

Live streaming video from Madison Square Garden

You can see a live picture of Madison Square garden (looks like from 7th Avenue at news12

A street librarian at the Starbuck Rally

Email from Lara, a street librarian, at the Starbuck Rally at 8:41pm EDT on August 28th.

Starbucks protest rocked. Gave out many handbills. Answered 3 questions. One was asking me if the March for Choice was still happening. It was 3pm and I told them it would be going on until five, told another protester how to find the 6 train, and told someone in a car what the protest was about. The protest started at one Starbucks, moved to another Starbucks then went back to the first one. There was about 100 or so people. Only 2 times did people yell insults at the protesters (don't ask me what
they said b/c I couldn't hear them.) Cops were antsy, maybe one arrest. They were very insistent we don't block the sidewalk or stand in the street and ended the rally by using a bullhorn and telling people to disperse or they would be arrested.It appeared that most people left at the time. My husband and I headed downtown and some of the Starbuck's protesters did a short impromptu protest across the street from yet another Starbucks.

Today, and in the Coming Days: Be Careful

Hi everyone, I'm out of jail.

I want to warn everyone in New York about the coming few days, and tell you about my experiences.

If you are planning to protest today in today's "sanctioned" march, it is important that you stay away from people who are confronting the police, because the police have set up a system to arrest people indiscriminately. Be alert to even a hint of aggression from the police.

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