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Topic: This is What Democracy Looks Like! Radical Cheerleaders/Black Bloc  (Read 726 times)
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« on: March 09, 2010 08:17:52 AM »


Things are thawing out here in the Great White North, and a young environmentalist/humanist/peacenik's heart turns to thoughts of ... protest season! The G20 summit is fast approaching, organizers are planning a massive demonstration, and we all have a part to play. Whether you choose to be a Radical Cheerleader in a cute outfit, waving pom poms and chanting anti-capitalist slogans, a Food Not Bombs volunteer providing yummy vegan meals, a medic helping the dehydrated, hurt and pepper-sprayed, a Black Bloc anarchist involved in direct action tactics, a hippie drummer keeping up morale with happy music for dancing, or a church group member carrying a sign that tells the corporate raiders you don't think Jesus would steal, pollute and bomb the world, the movement needs your voice. Not everyone can come to Toronto in June (but if you do, you're welcome at my place!), but everyone can do something at home.

This swap would be about protest tools, from black hoodies and decorated gas masks for the Bloc, cheerleader outfits and first -aid kits with the tools to deal with pepper spray/tear gas for the people in the street to mail action kits for folks further away.

Haven't the banks and big corporations taken enough from us already?

Practical details: sign-ups til March 31, with send-outs 2nd week of May?
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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2010 08:39:40 AM »

Wish I could join, I do love a good protest... Unfortunately I'll be away for most of spring and unable to swap. But I'll be stalking the gallery if/when this happens! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2010 09:33:43 AM »

This sounds fun!  I love a protest, and lord knows it's about time for a big one.  I'm totally in!
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2010 01:24:13 PM »

i'm tempted on this one.
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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2010 02:25:50 PM »

well, La Protesta es Fiesta, as the old Anti-Racist Action patches used to say. It'll be a good party! I'm always amazed at the cool things I see people with at these events. I've never forgotten the guy dressed as a prom queen zombie with a sash that said "Democracy" on it, or all the versions of Ronald McDonald gone bad. Of course the best was probably the stuffie catapult. nothing quite like making it rain stuffed animals to bewilder law enforcement. (Mind you, that also gets you detained rather quickly.)

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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2010 07:13:56 PM »

This sounds aaaawesome and completely inspiring! I won't be there, but I'm all for crafty solidarity--and creating reusable goods to help people consume less and commemorate the occasion!

so many possibilities...anarchist scarves, t-shirts with any given saying, the crocheted gas-mask for those who know they won't need a real one, stickers or posters + wheat-paste, water-container cozy with a strap, fabric banners, anti-establishment embroidered handkerchiefs/cloth napkins/bandannas, food containers, zines to share with others, blank books to fill with art and observations during rest periods...

eta: i'm superbusy the next month or 2 though, so i don't know if i can actually be IN the swap. :/
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« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2010 10:29:54 AM »

This has soooo much potential to be amazing.
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« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2010 11:06:46 AM »

There seems to only be a few people interested in this one.  Cry
Is there a minimum to be considered an official swap? I don't really know.
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