Orange Alert for democratic rights: the judge's decision

Mike Friedman mikedf at
Tue Feb 11 20:40:11 MST 2003

Right on the money, Jose. However, I do think that the demonstration will 
overwhelm police constraints by sheer numbers and anger, whatever the 
organizers plan. Of course if UPJ DOESN'T plan appropriately and the 
protest splits up into a lot of smaller spontaneous actions, trashing, 
etc., THAT'S when police will resort to overt repression and have some 
success in legitimizing it. So the responsibility rests with the leaders to 

  will At 01:27 PM 2/11/2003 -0500, you wrote:
>Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 10:10:55 -0500
>From: "Jose G. Perez" <jgperez at>
>Subject: Re: Orange Alert for democratic rights: the judge's decision
>I would not say there is an Orange Alert for democratic rights. I think the
>"alert" level has gone off the scale. This is no "alert," this is the thing
>We the People no longer have any *right* to demonstrate in New York. Period.
>Full Stop. End of story.
>The judge said, whatever inchoate, mumbling phrase about security or safety
>the ruling class is willing to articulate through its police department is
>enough to trump the right to protest. This is of a piece with the judges who
>have gone along with imprisonment and torture of people based on some
>fourteenth-rank bureaucrat's say so that this person is an "enemy
>To present the rally permit as some sort of partial victory or advance, as
>some are doing is wrong, wrong in every possible way. As things stand now it
>is a sop, until the ruling class feels strong enough to ban any and all
>public protests. That is how it must be seen.
>Bloomberg and the ruling class are bluffing. They have not prepared the
>conditions that would allow them to disperse a march by force; doing so
>would be a political disaster for Bush. But allowing them to bluff their way
>to it will get them a lot of the way to that goal, and it will tremendously
>embolden the warmakers and the ruling class elements who clkearly, without
>any doubt, have been trying to use 9/11 to bring about regime change in the
>United States, a change from a bourgeois democratic regime to an open
>They were willing to steal the 2000 presidential election in the plain sight
>of day to advance towards the kind of regime they believe they need. They
>got away with it because nobody said word one against it, the left in
>particular defaulted, leaving defense of the right to have the votes of
>working people and especially Blacks counted in the hands of the likes of Al
>Gore. With predictable results.
>I hope the New York march organizers understand fully the tremendous
>responsibility that now rides with them. And in weighing how to respond, I
>hope they remember Marti's words.

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