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We Vote No! Round-up of Super Tuesday Protests

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While the presidential contenders were busy raising millions of dollars in a matter of hours trying to convince people to vote for them at the caucuses, some people took the Super Tuesday fiasco as an opportunity to bring up issues that both the candidates and the mainstream media have continued to ignore.

Unconventional Denver, a local group part of nationwide network of anarchists and anti-authoritarians organizing against the upcoming political conventions, called for last minute actions against the elections on Tuesday, February 5th.

Actions both initiated by and independent of the Unconventional Action call appeared in Boston, Denver, Grand Junction, Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, and San Francisco.

Activities ranged from wheatpasting and baner drops to street theatre, soapbox speeches, and crashing the caucuses with lists of demands for the pro-war Democratic candidates.

These actions follow recent actions that have happened outside the CNN Democratic debates in LA, numerous planning consultas held across the country and other creative actions taken to show the alternative to the spectre of the democracy the two parties insist is the only means of change.

Already, more activity is in the works with at least eleven campuses planning on hosting Tent State Universities that will lead up to a national one set up during the Democratic National Convention. More consultas are being planned, including one in Olympia, WA this weekend and the RNC Welcoming Committee is now touring the continent in preparation for the RNC protests.

Here's a brief report on each locale: Boston

The city of Boston was graced with four banner drops declaring "Nobody For President" and asking "Love Democracy but Hate Politicians?... Try Anarchy." There was also liberal amounts of wheatpasting denouncing so-called representative democracy and promoting democracy that is direct. There was also several incidents of street theatre in the city.

Denver

A banner was dropped over the I-25 during rush hour declaring "Two Parties, No Voice" which was greeted by many honks of approval and one thumbs down by cop driving by. The officer later changed his tune when he went up to question the activists asking, "So what does that think say anyways." When he heard, he walked away muttering "Ain't that the truth." The action was also covered by the wonderful Fox News.

Grand Junction

Just hours before the caucuses began in Grand Junction, a banner was unfurled stating "WE VOTE NO" on the new parking garage in downtown Grand Junction. Emblazoned with a red anarchy sign, the banner faced the Wayne Aspinall Federal Building.

Grand Rapids

Anti-election and anti-state posters were wheatpasted around the city of Grand Rapids and the banner drops continued, this one explaining frankly that "Elections Never Stop Wars," accompanied by a sweet anarchy in the spirit of a new spring coming.

Milwaukee

Milwaukee anarchists also joined in on this day with banner drops as well.

San Francisco

In the East Bay the newly revived Direct Action to Stop the War, the group that helped organize the shut down of downtown San Francisco the day the war began, organized their first return action on Super Tuesday by marching to the Obama and Clinton headquarters.

Demonstrators, accompanied by about a dozen San Francisco police officers, marched from U.N. Plaza, carrying signs and banners, to Clinton's campaign office on Howard St. and were met at the door by Clinton staffers. After a brief dialogue, demonstrators tried to enter the offices and were denied entry. Police stepped in to keep activists from going inside. Demonstrators then taped up large posters on the building's exterior, and Clinton supporters came out and ripped the signs down, claiming the right to do so because they were "defacing" the building. After the confrontation at the Clinton office, demonstrators proceeded to the Obama office near Market and Octavia and were met by Obama staffers at the front door. This time there was no conflict, as demonstrators explained their concerns about Obama's questionable anti-war credentials. After another 10-15 minutes, the demonstration broke up.

To keep up with ongoing movements against political banality and for true grassroots participation and change visit the following websites.

dncdisruption08.org
nornc.org
unconventionalaction.org

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Authored by: Admin on Friday, February 08 2008 @ 10:28 AM CST
Two suggestions for people submitting stories to Infoshop News and similar websites:

1) Please make sure that photo graphics are no wider then 650-700 pixels. Bigger graphics break the layout and create horizontal scrolling. I'll have use Photoshop when I have time today to resize these photos.

2) If you submit your story in HTML, don't forget to put <p> paragraph tags at the beginning of each paragraph and <br /> tags for line breaks when you have lists. Too many people mistakenly use two <br /> tags to create space between paragraphs. That's wrong (tho this submitter didn't do this).

Otherwise, great reportback! Thanks!

Chuck
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Authored by: blackhand on Friday, February 08 2008 @ 03:59 PM CST
I love using the two BR tags for paragraph breaks. If I wanted to make a list, I'd use UL. P has always been awkward.

Whatever. Yay banner drops!
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Authored by: Admin on Friday, February 08 2008 @ 05:30 PM CST
You can always make lists with <ul> and <dl>, but <br /> is supposed to be used for *hard returns*, or line breaks such as addresses.

You can use <br /> for paragraphs if you want to at your own site, but this is using HTML the wrong way. It creates big fucking headaches for people like me. This lazy hack may still work, but someday it won't. It also creates havoc with spreadsheets. When I code CSS for a website, I expect paragraphs to use the <p> tags.

It's not asking too much for people to do this right. Good coding practices makes everybody happy.

Chuck
We Vote No! Round-up of Super Tuesday Protests
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, February 08 2008 @ 12:58 PM CST
We Vote No! Round-up of Super Tuesday Protests
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, February 08 2008 @ 05:07 PM CST
darn. The code had worked in scaling down the pictures at all the other sites I posted it at. Sorry about that. If it's not too much trouble, it might be worth it to just remove the pictures from this article, they're pretty distracting. People can see the article with reasonably sized pictures at dncdisruption08.org

Also, there are some other convention related events coming up that were accidentally left out (there's so much happening!!) the Queer/Trans Convergence in Chicago April the weekend of April 5th and the Unconventional Minnesota consulta taking place March 1st.
We Vote No! Round-up of Super Tuesday Protests
Authored by: Admin on Friday, February 08 2008 @ 05:36 PM CST
People should never rely on code to resize pictures.

The best way is to submit pictures, or link to pictures, that are 650-700 pixels wide or less. You can always turn pictures into links to larger versions.

When people don't take the time to submit their photos properly, they end up messing up the layout. It also creates more work for volunteers like me. I may get around to approving this kind of story just minutes before I have to leave the house for work, errands or other stuff. I'm at our infoshop right now. I don't have Photoshop and its just too damn cold for me to fire up Gimp and mess with resizing these pics. So they won't get resized for a few more hours.

Don't take my comments personally. I'm pointing this stuff out to raise awareness among people who submit stories to websites.

Thanks for submitting this!

Chuck