Sunday, November 8, 2009

Rally Cry?

By Joel Cook

Some questions for the anonymous poster calling for the, Nov. 10th 4:00PM, protest at 395 Hudson St.

Who are you and why do you prefer to be anonymous?

What is the purpose of this rally? 

Clearly there are reasons to be angry and there are changes to be made.

What are your long and short term goals?

How would you decide if this rally is a success or failure? 

What are your tactics, do you plan to just stand there and yell, are you planning civil disobedience?

What are the possible consequences of such an action?

Would members risk arrest, physical violence, or possible charges from the DC? 

I ask because I am of the opinion that resources should not be wasted and risk should not be taken unless these and other questions have been answered.  You should think again if you are planning to march a bunch of members, probably good, involved ones, into a situation that could cause them harm and from which no good could come. 

Don't get me wrong, I am all for direct action and civil disobedience, and I have no problem risking all the possible outcomes but without clear goals, a plan, and precaution I cannot see being involved in some rally "organized" by an anonymous poster on a few internet forums.  For all anyone knows you could be working with the DC just to bait good dedicated members into trouble they aren't bargaining for. 

I can understand the desire to remain anonymous, but you are asking for a lot of trust by asking members to show up for this.  The problem is that you aren't giving any good reasons to give that trust.

(John's note, my sources say the rally has been canceled.)


  1. that is the carpenters union lol.its over

  2. Rather cool place you've got here. Thanks for it. I like such topics and everything that is connected to this matter. I would like to read more soon.


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