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FABIO was at SAM’s club today signing autographs for his new coat line! FOr anyone who lives near me he will be there tomorrow too. I walked by and didn’t say anything to him. Mom says he has a big butt.





i think you’d enjoy the fact…
[info]kirbykrackle
2003-12-01 13:24 (link)

that your last post was about Fabio’s big butt. rest in peace, bro.

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[info]blan
2003-12-02 07:29 (link)

R.I.P.

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[info]xaxisofevilx
2003-12-02 08:45 (link)

you didn’t know me, but i can tell that if you did we’d be friends. I was in Miami with you, and i’ll continue to fight with the memory of you with me. Rest in peace, comrade.

Love always,
Tom Ciaccio
Milwaukee, WI

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[info]cuteanarchygirl
2003-12-02 11:39 (link)

R.I.P.
You didn’t know me, but my thoughts are with you and yours right now.
My hope is that you are some place better than this world.
-Shawna

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[info]ctresca
2003-12-02 17:33 (link)

If you’re frightened of dyin’ and you’re holding on…
You’ll see devils tearing your life away.
But…if you’ve made your peace,
Then the devils are really angels
Freeing you from the earth…

Jordan,

As they moved the coffin out of the synagogue, I was trying hard not to cry. And then I saw something that made me laugh. On the side of the coffin was a sticker:

“This Phone Is Tapped.”

I cried when I found out that you had died, and I cried as I poured a shovel-full of dirt on your grave.

Some day, I’ll see you again. I’ll tell you how we won the revolution, and I’ll bring you a souvenir: Maybe a plastic bullet, or a tattered red and black flag, or a chunk of the white house.

Until then, don’t worry. We’ll take care of the Jersey kids and help them whenever they need it.

Love and rage,
Carlo Tresca

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[info]x355955
2003-12-02 22:47 (link)

C’est la vie.

I wish I had more to say.

We’ll always be fighting together, I know that. See ya again someday, brother.

I took your advice. Thanks, man. And good luck. RIP, comrade. Happy trails.

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[info]tearthiscanvas
2003-12-03 15:46 (link)

i feel nothing more than sympathy. my heart is to all of yours, and my power to his cause. you are a martyr..a martyr we will always remember. Forever yours!
manda

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30 Jan 2003
Modified: 11 Aug 2003
The thoughts and feeling I had after the Smash the State of the Union Demo on January 28th, 2003
Was the State of the Union demo the start of a new wave of protest in the U.S.? After attending the demo on January 28th I had a new, re-found, hope for the ?movement.? I always here comrades in other countries telling me about the demos they would go toin many other places in the world. They seem like fun festive events that accomplish something. After I received a scholarship to go to England to for the Fall 2001 semester, I was able to experience this first hand. While there I took part in the Anti-WTO protest in London. It was nothing like I had been to in the U.S. A fun Carnival-like atmosphere of 20-30 thousand people marching in the streets of London, complete with floats, marching bands and about 15 different national/international groups. While we did not ?Smash the State? every person went home with the feeling of, ?we need to get organized and organize other people to move, not just get agitated.?

After returning home from the State of the Union demo I had the exact same feeling. While we did not ?Smash the State,? we did some damn good work. We had a presence in D.C. that people could not mistake. While we stayed on the sidewalk, sometimes, we were strong. The cop?s shut down the traffic on the side of the street we were on. We caused senators to get stuck in traffic as they were leaving Bush?s speech. While we may not have had the numbers to do what we truly wanted (fuck shit up), we still accomplished our goal. If you think we were going to stop the war that night, then you are living in a fantasy world.

We made our presence felt in D.C., but that was not the best part. If you looked at the demographics of the march, there was a refreshing dynamic. Women in leadership rolls and on the front line, large numbers of people of color, more then normal, but the best part, was that the people there were not all black clad Anarchists. Now don?t get me wrong, I have marched with the bloc on numerous occasions, so this is not an attack on black clad Anarchists. But, in the unpermited march, there were: Hippy type peace-nicks who would not take their two fingers down the whole time, many people without masks on, the average anti-war rallier from the college, everyone knowing full well we were over 25 people, had no permit, and when we did take the streets for those few blocks, fell right in. It was beautiful, all of us with the same passion in our eyes and hearts.

Then when we realized we could go no further, we went back and partied. While on the lawn most people were not worried about which cop was going to take their picture, or who was watching them bob-their-head or shake their booty. People were having a good time. Some times activists need to unwind; some times we need to do political things without 100% political submersion. We need to do different/new things, and the other night was different. After talking to some friends, we came to the conclusion that the reason things are changing in the movement, is not because they are getting old, we all want to still smash the state, but because we, as a movement, are growing up. The amount of people that started becoming politically active, as opposed to politically conscious, grew drastically after Seattle. Most of those people wanted to repeat Seattle, and that was all. I know because I was one of them. Now, people have matured and are no longer running around looking for the next fight, but are actually doing political work. If you look at the corporate press from the day after the demo, every (local) paper reported what we did that night, most gave us our own article. Whether or not it was good or bad, the word got out, that there are people in opposition to Bush and his policies. We are winning, slowly but surely we are winning. Great work, thank you for resparking my fire.
Onward.
-Zach

Comments

thank you.
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30 Jan 2003
Modified: 11 Aug 2003
i’d just like to say thank you, as a person who spent what felt like hundreds of hours and numerous high stress moments in planning the sorry state of the union concert and smash the state of the union march. it always makes the hours of work worth it knowing that people got their voices heard, but it re-lights my own fire to dedicate what passion and hours i have to organizing and protesting knowing at least one person had their spark re-lit because of something i felt a part of.

~lady speaker for shirts off coalition at sorry state of the union concert

Right On!
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30 Jan 2003
Modified: 11 Aug 2003
I was just writing my own thoughts on the march and I went to check some stuff out on indymedia and saw your post. You summed it up much better than I could so I’m just going to forward your posting to our Shirts Off coalition listserv. We haven’t decided when the debriefing is going to be but it would be good to have you there. Contact us at visibleresistance (at) mutualaid.org or 866 860 9311.

Inspiration
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30 Jan 2003
Modified: 11 Aug 2003
Thank you Zach for your powerful, amazing story. Inspiration runs many ways. This concert/rally etc. helped me rekindle my love in this movement–in part because of how excited everyone there seemed to be.
See also:
http://zoe_mitchell.pitas.com/

Indeed Indeed
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30 Jan 2003
Modified: 11 Aug 2003
Indeed indeed I can only agree. This event took one jaded activist and made me feel like a “virgin” again. Well said sir morris, onward to victory!

agreed
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30 Jan 2003
Modified: 11 Aug 2003
the best part was running down the street after we blocked the cops motorcycles. That was the most exhilerating feeling I have ever experienced.

anarchist anti-war momentum builds!
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31 Jan 2003
Modified: 11 Aug 2003
check out the anti-war momentum post on the anarchist movement page of infoshop.org interactive:

http://www.infoshop.org/inews/stories.php?story=03/01/30/6340845

whatever
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31 Jan 2003
Modified: 11 Aug 2003
we know you posted all the responses zach.

fuckauthority
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31 Jan 2003
Modified: 11 Aug 2003
We don’t need your stinkin leaders!

Anarchists for Gun Control???
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31 Jan 2003
Modified: 11 Aug 2003
All I heard was a lot of liberal blather and videos lingering on facts about gun control. Anarchists have been co-opted and your liberal leaders will never let you smash the state.
See also:
http://www.trueanarchy.org/

World Wide Strike Date Feb. 10th 2003
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31 Jan 2003
Modified: 11 Aug 2003
In protest of the impeding war with Iraq and the continued bombing of its people a world wide general strike and boycott has been issued for Feb. 10th 2003. Please join your comrades in this struggle for peace and justice. Unite and Win! more info http://us.geocities.com/warisdumbstill
See also:
http://us.geocities.com/warisdumbstill

suggestion
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31 Jan 2003
Modified: 11 Aug 2003
Get Marching Bands out to these protests!
Get those dancing, flag twirling bands out to MAKE SOME NOISE! (N.I.O.N. Earth flags!)
Get REAL LOUD, REAL CREATIVE, AND REAL SHOWY.

The movement definitely needs to change into something else, not just the same old fashioned protests we’ve all been to a hundred times. We need to get the people who seem bored when they march, to realize why they’re there–to be excited about stopping this fuckin war, to be on fire about changing things. LOUD MARCHING BANDS CAN DO THAT!

Call up your high school band buddies, or get your award winning college marching band to come to the Feb. 15 Protest/March.

about that general strike
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31 Jan 2003
Modified: 11 Aug 2003
You should post that all over EVERYTHING in order to get the word out. The only place I’ve seen that date posted is on warisdumbstill.
I know a lot of people here in NYC are in favor of that idea, but if the day comes and goes and no one hears about it, it won’t do any good.

The UK is planning a general strike too, I don’t know if that day is the same day as theirs, but we gotta coordinate to make a dent in this society.

I’ll put the 10th on MY calendar, that’s for sure.

yeah right
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01 Feb 2003
Modified: 11 Aug 2003
while it may make us feel good that we are out marching in the street and listening to bands at that the anarchists are finally taking off their masks (wow, you can do it when you want to dance and not go home alone but you can’t do it at a demo?) but frankly, marching in the streets isnt’ going to change shit.

as it was so well said in army of darkness, “you aint’ in charge of but two things. jack and shit. and jack has left town.”

we can pat ourselves on our backs as much as we want and suck each other’s dicks just because we think we got something done. but let’s look around? the earth is dying, animals are being murdered, and humans are being pushed out onto the cold streets. now we can at least agree that bush wasn’t legally elected to office, but the mayor was. and why do these people want to be the mayor, the president, the CEO of some company? for control! but what if this job cost them something. not just their freedom from the press following them around or devling into their personal lives. but freedom from us not showing up at their homes at 3am and freedom from us not plastering the city with pictures of their faces and murder written above it. put out personal information about them: phone numbers, email addresses, etc. make it personal.

in the UK, things are different. the numbers are greater but people take this shit seriously. look at the campaign to close huntingdon life sciences (http://www.shac.net/ and http://www.shacamerica.net/). we’ve got a few political prisoners in this country for home demonstrations where shit got broken and the UK has even more. but what is so effect is that nobody wants a protester showing up at their house. mayday dc, while showing their speciesm by calling the mayor a pig, has at least picked up on this idea that it needs to be made personal.

and look at the results.

http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1042491372438

Call to outlaw animal rights threats
By Geoff Dyer
Published: January 31 2003 4:00 | Last Updated: January 31 2003 4:00

The biotechnology industry has called on the government to introduce legislation that would criminalise intimidation and threats by animal rights activists.

Industry executives met ministers yesterday to call for measures to outlaw campaigns that tried to put animal testing companies and their backers out of business. These would be based on measures already used to prosecute football hooligans.

“If the intention is to damage legal businesses through demonstrations, there should be potential for criminal prosecution,” said David Chiswell, chairman of the BioIndustry Association. “How legitimate is it to demonstrate at 3am in front of someone’s house?”

The police wanted to take action, he said, but were hampered by laws that still left activists ample room to intimidate people.

The government has amended the criminal justice and police bill so that company directors under threat from activists can keep their addresses private. It has also provided banking and insurance facilities to Huntingdon Life Sciences, the testing company that has been the target of activists.

According to the BIA, in the last quarter of 2002 there were 62 home visits by activists to directors or employees of companies with links to animal testing, and 20,000 e-mails, phone calls or text messages were received.

Mr Chiswell said the government had given considerable support to the biotechnology industry on animal testing and other issues.

But he added: “The government has to recognise that this is a continuing problem, and put the appropriate resources behind it.”

As well as making it illegal to campaign with “the sole intention” of causing a business to close, the BIA called on the government to ban demonstrations outside homes. It also called for all directors’ addresses to be kept private, not just those immediately at risk.

Liberty, the civil rights campaign group, said the proposals were questionable. “There are clear controls already under public order laws that apply to demonstrations like that,” said the group.

The proposal was welcomed by the pharmaceuticals industry. “Everyone has a right to demonstrate, but surely there is no right to intimidate a person and his family for doing something that is completely lawful,” said John Patterson, chairman of the Association of British Pharmaceuticals Industry.

unity
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01 Feb 2003
Modified: 11 Aug 2003
Together it all makes a difference, there aint no one way to do it. You got your ideas, I got mine, when we all act on our ideas at once, a difference is made. That is the beauty of individuality and cooperation. Instead of blaming others and attacking those who are on your side, say good job, and continue on in your work. A lesson I need to learn as well.

Tofu-Eating Jew-Haters!
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02 Feb 2003
Modified: 11 Aug 2003
Fuck you, tofu-eating Jew-haters! How does it feel to be a bunch of mouth-breathing retards on the wrong side of history? Will you ever realize just how comical and irrelevant you are?

Got news for ya
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02 Feb 2003
Modified: 11 Aug 2003
The people protesting are not “jew-haters” as you call them. However, they will not back down from what is right because someone calls them an anti-semite or tries to guilt them in backing down from their position. That just doesn’t work anymore. Save it for your next ADL meeting.


5:45am Mon Jan 7 ’02

I received an email on a list serv that I am on saying what we do is bullshit and we never get any results. This is my response, edited a bit and made in to an article for indymedia. I am not saying, “I am the best, be like me.” I am just saying how I live. I do not have all the answers. who ever says that they do is wrong.
As some of you may know i am studying in England this semester. I have learned a lot here that I want to share on what we do is NOT bullshit. First off I think every activist goes through “We/I do so much and I never see results” People are still working in sweatshops, people are still going hungry, etc. Me personally I do not judge my wins and losses by how many sweatshops are closed or how many large demos i get my ass kicked in. My wins and losses are judged in how close I am to living in an Autonomous zone. The Zapatistas in Mexico say, we are not trying to take over the government, we just want to live Autonomously from them, and the super corporations that are around us. They also say do not come here and work, But to create your own zones in your own places, work locally for the people around you that need it.

I try to live like that. I think we all do. I try not to support super corporations, I buy my food from local shops, my clothes second hand or not from places like the gap, I recycle an reuse stuff. Now am I solving all the problems of the world? Hell no, but I am doing my part. Also when people are out with me and they want to get a quick burger at McDonnals I tell them why I do not eat there and can we try the local sandwich shop. This is how what I do is not Bullshit. If we change one persons original thought, we are winning. While over here it is very easy to just go to the large demos in Europe, but I didn’t. There was a large demo in London against the WTO meetings, but instead some locals squatted a building for a week and created an alternative (autonomous) place. There were about 150-200 people that came through the building and did not know they were doing something radical, but when they left they did know there were alternatives in the world. As for the large demonstrations I think they are good to go at times so that you know there are other people in the world that think like you think!

Other ways of living free is to think about what you like in this world. I am vegan and do not eat meat products. I like vegetables and fruits. I like organic stuff too. Why can’t I take old windows and make a green house so I can have this stuff all the time. I met someone who has this and their foods were really great. Also there are tons of fair trade products out there. Even though it is not as popular in the U.S. there are ways to get fair trade on the internet or other places. This directly helps people who I want to help. However, it is important to know what am I getting out of it, other then helping people that I will never meet? Ask yourself that question when you do the activist work you do.

I remember a report written from someone who went to a demo in Canada. In it they said that when they passed though an area there were minorities who were cheering them on from their buildings. “This was good because it is their families we are trying to help” I am sorry but I have to disagree. Who says that their families are not all living in the there or another place? I do what I do for my family and my future children. When they grow up I don’t want them to live in a police state or in fear of government. I want them to live autonomously in a community of equals, and I do things to try and achieve this. It is easy to say that you are an “anti-capitalist” but it is not as easy to say what you are pro. If you are anti something it is good to have a pro something to go along with that so things are balanced.

I strongly recommend a book to everyone to read. If you know me I don’t like to read and never recommend books, so i really mean this one. It is called MENTAL FIGHT by Ben Okri. It is a book of poetry but it is more than poetry it makes you think a lot, more than “Where The Sidewalk Ends”(oh shit, a Shel Silverstein reference!). Remember we are not supposed to have all the answers. People always attack Naomi Klien for the book No logo that she states the problems but does not say how to solve them. Look at it this way: “If you are in a building and someone tells you there is a fire, but does not know where the exit is; Should you yell at them for not knowing where the exit is? Or should you thank them for telling you there is a fire.” meaning we don’t have all the answers, but we are trying, what we do does help. I have rambled for too long now. I wish you all a happy New Year. May we all have Peace within ourselves and our world in the next year. I will leave you with a quote by Ben Okri, which I have began to live my life by: “We are not Freedom Fighters… We are Free, We Just want to share it with Others.”
Be well,
Love,
Jordan

By Zach Morris aka Jordan Feder, Anti-Racist Action, Towson


On Sunday July 29, 2001 the World Church of the Creator and National Alliance teamed up to “protest for free speech in Germany” at the German Embassy in Washington DC. About 100 people joined together to provide a counter to the nazi lies and fake rally.

The day started with a march from a nearby park. The front of the unity march met up with the end of the racist march, both on their way to the embassy. Billy Roper who is deputy membership coordinator and public relations contact for the National Alliance argued back and forth for a minute or two with the some protesters. A fight ensued with about 10 anti-racists and Billy Roper. Billy was cut above his right eye. The fight was broken-up and everyone went on to the rally. None of the nazis jumped in to pull Billy out of the melee that he started. Some people say that violence is not the answer, personally I agree. However, if there were no nazis there would be no need for violence.

The day went on with the nazis being shouted down and drowned out the entire time. On hand was many different people from different backgrounds to expose the nazis for who they are. The nazis were not there to protest for free speech, they where there to be nazis and hate everyone that is not them, as most of their day was spent standing around and looking dumb, not really chanting for the release of Hendrik Moebus or free speech for nazis in Germany.

About an hour into the event Billy Roper pointed out two people that were involved in the fight to be arrested. Ironically, the two people that were arrested were not even in the fight. They were two minorities who were being very vocal towards the nazis and were not wearing masks. I guess Billy did not like that.

Zach Morris aka Jordan Feder

As some of you may know, Richard Barrett of The Nationalist Movement came to Morristown, New Jersey for the second year in a row on the Fourth-of-July. Last year, he was there against affirmative-action. This year, he was there in support of racial profiling. He was there to support NJ state troopers James Kenna and John Hogan, who are on trial for shooting four unarmed minorities.

On July 3rd, one of the members of the band Give Us Barabas went to go and give a flier to the Mayor of Morristown, John “Jay” Delaney. The flier contained information and facts of when Fascism goes directly unopposed. The Mayor said to the band member, “This is bulls—. You are the reason we had problems last year. Why don’t you just go home?” and refused to look at or take the flier. About ten of us confronted the Mayor on this. He walked away and turned his back a few times, not wanting to talk to us.

Last year, the town spent over $100,000 protecting the Nazis. The town could have taken half of that money and thrown a street party and not allowed Barrett to have his rally. The morning of the 4th came with the Black Bloc meeting in the town green (a park) and marching over to a check-point to get into the rally (new for this year). People’s Organization for Progress met at the Crew house. When the Bloc got to the check-point, there was a sign that said that no one can bring in back-packs, fanny-packs, bottles, amplification-devices, signs on sticks, food or drink, drums, etc. and that everyone will be subject to a metal-detector search.

Many people went away, then came back. This was the case for all check-points. After a brief stand-off with the police, the Bloc moved to another check-point to try to get closer to the rally that was about to start. Word was received that at the third check-point it was close enough to see Barrett and people assembled there. Most of the Bloc went around to the third check-point, where some members of Towson University Anti-Racist Action, Philly Anti-Racist Action and other autonomous members of the Bloc went.

Once inside the protest area, we joined up with New York Ya Basta, Progressive Labor Party and others. About 250 people were directly across from Barrett holding up signs and shouting. About 100 people were on the west side of him, not in the protest area, but still able to see him. We were not able to hear him. However, he probably said nothing of value. Barrett was there with one named Gerald McManus. We were also greeted by great news: two people had knocked over flags, podium and speaker-system, rendering them useless. These two infiltrators were arrested. Barrett was forced to use a megaphone, after his speakers were broken.

The day went on with no major instances other than one more arrest of someone at the check-point who tried to bring in a switch-blade and brass-knuckles. This brought the arrest total to three on the day. A man showed up at our group and wanted to support Barrett. After being exposed as a Nazi, he was sent away by us. He returned and we chased him off a second time. Oh, yeah. There were about 300-400 cops there to protect the Fascists. Another time, a group of about six police came to “fix the barricade,” which moved forward about five inches. This is also known as police “flexing their muscle,” trying to show they still are in control.

The day went on with non-stop noise. I asked to speak to Captain Peter Demnitz. I did so at the check-point, too, but was denied. Moments later, Demnitz appeared. I said how I felt that our First-Amendment rights were violated to protect Barrett with the unlawful check-points. All in all, Barrett was able to speak and we were not able to shut him down.

$24 million: that is what Towson University pays to the ARAMARK corporation to clean the University. $6.81/hour: that is what ARAMARK pays, on average, to its 150 housekeepers. $8.20/hour: that is the Living Wage for Baltimore.

Based on figures provided by TU Administration, $2,043,000 is what ARAMARK pays all of its housekeepers per year. Adding the cost of equipment and direct management, where is the rest of the $24 million going?

Living Wage is not possible in US; we live in a capitalistic society. We’ve been told that it is not good business sense to pay the workers a living wage.

But it is not good human sense to pay the workers poverty wages. It is not good human sense to offer health care coverage that is so expensive many workers cannot afford it.

Mr. Schwarz said that if workers are paid more, then other people who went to school to get their jobs will want more money too. This theory proves that capitalism keeps people in poverty for its own benefit. How can someone go to school when they can’t afford it? How can someone work to better their family on low wages?

A Living Wage is the hourly rate a worker needs to be above the poverty line. Right now some workers work 16 hours a day at two jobs. If they were paid a Living Wage, they would need one job and would be able to better their families. This would free up jobs for other unemployed.

The high ups in ARAMARK are lining their pockets at the expense of the University and workers, a reality that Mr. Schwarz says is okay because we live in a capitalistic society.

Capitalism seems like a good idea, but then again, so did slavery.

Jordan Feder
senior, graphic design

Original link: http://media.www.thetowerlight.com/media/storage/paper957/news/2002/05/13/Perspectivesletters/Capitalism.Is.The.Problem-2197590.shtml

The other day I called my friends in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Food Not Bombs, about possibly going to volunteer and do a sharing in either New York or on the New Jersey side of the Hudson river. They agreed that it would be a good to go after their sharing Saturday. Saturday morning we received a call that they are taking no more volunteers and did not need any more food. After that news, one friend and I decided to take pictures, hand out literature on racism toward Arabs and Muslims, and a plea for no more violence. We intended to go to New York City after stopping in Hoboken and Jersey City area. On the way up we were able to see the NYC Sky line. It was a sight that was absolutely horrible. We both were silent as we came upon the view. There is still constant thick gray smoke originating out of the former World Trade Center and covering the entire city. I almost pulled over due to feeling sick. It reminded us of the stories people told about seeing the smoke in the concentration camps during the Holocaust. The pictures on TV or in news papers due the sight no justice. On TV they are never able to capture the entire city and retain detail and the still photographs do not show the constant flow of smoke rising. We first went to a park in Hoboken. While people were doing the every day park activities, there were candles all over. If you do not know, this park is right across from New York City only separated by the Hudson River; the park goes right up to the water and has an unobstructed view of the city. In the part of the park closest to the city was tons of candles, flowers and notes people left. Also in the spot was a picture that someone took last week in the same spot of the skyline… it was completely changed. The two of us walked around and hung up some fliers that were created, “Please Help Prevent Reactionary Racism” and “Plea By American Citizens to Stop the Violence.” Both of these were composed in the form of a letter to either fellow Citizens and to President bush. We hung them up the walked back to where we started to see if they were still there and if people were reading them. The reaction was unexpected. People were reading them and calling over friends to see the fliers, others were taking a picture of the flier. There were a few people discussing them, although we were unable to tell if it was favorable to not, but to create discussion was good for us. We moved on away from the park and into the city of Hoboken. There was a line of cabs waiting by the train station for passengers, I took the anti-racism flier and asked one of the drivers to hang it up in his cab so his riders can read it. He read it, we gave him tape…he immediately hung it facing the back seat. We then went on to the other drivers, all warmly receiving the flier and thanking us for doing what we were doing. It was decided to go store to store asking to hang them up in the window. For the most part, everyone let us hang them up, some took them and said they had to ask the owner, and even others asking for a few more to put by their time clock or give to a friend who is creating reactionary racism toward Arabs. This was very warming. It was now getting dark so we drove to Jersey City where we heard that they were taking overnight volunteers at the Exchange Place. On the way over we saw another amazing sight. We passed by the entrance to the Holland Tunnel, it looked like a ghost town, as it was still closed. If you have ever traveled from New Jersey into New York City this would be unimaginable to you. I recall as a little kid my parents taking me into the city and waiting hours at the Tunnel entrance to go in and pay the toll. Now the 10 lanes of traffic were not even there. We made it to the volunteer area, it was night time, the sight again saddened me. We were still able to see the city sky-line, a sight that while anti-environment is normally nice to look at with all the lights and architecture (I am an artist, so I can marvel at this). There was an area completely pitch black that has not gained power back yet, but in the center was a bright glow of the sight, working by generator lights. There was a row leading to the bright area about a mile or two long of flashing yellow lights of dump trucks, tow trucks, and construction vehicles, intermixed with rescue lights. On the NJ side where we were, tents have been set up by corporate businesses that…. were not selling food. They were giving it away(!) to the volunteers and all Police/EMT/Fire Fighters. Workers were returning covered in gray soot and ash from the city. I over heard one construction worker said he had to leave because his area has been finding charred body parts, no full bodies, many times not even full limbs. He started to cry and left. I was nearly sick. Throughout the night people were arriving with food and coffee for the workers who were coming over to NJ to take a break and rest in the tents and cots provided. This is why they do not need any more food or volunteers, there is so much. A large area had been created of candles and messages. People were praying and crying and speaking only in whisper. If I was sickened by looking at the city from the NJ side, I decided I cannot bring myself into New York. Since this is the closest I was going to get. I left a candle and a note there for my Cousin Philip Rosenzweig who was killed on flight 11 from Boston. We then distributed the rest of the 300 “Reactionary Racism” fliers to the people there. Actually giving it to people instead of hanging them up enabled us to talk to people. They looked at it read it, we were thanked, hugged, called “righteous”, people asked for more to give to other friends, or hang in their office. It was truly inspiring to see people read it while sitting in front of the city and say to us “I was feeling this way, now I am not. Thank You.” A Priest asked for additional copies for his Church. We gave them to workers and police coming in from the City. It brought up my spirits, until we were encountered by a nut job. He came up to us saying what we were doing is good and all but not at this time. He said he was watching across the river and saw the whole thing, as if he was better then anyone there. I told him that my cousin watched from inside the plane that crashed into it. He got louder and said “We cannot let this happen” “We must go after all of them.” other people came over to us. We were saying things back to him, he tried to grab the rest of our fliers. Three large men stepped between us and told him to leave; supporting us. Many were yelling at the guy and said we were right. We started to walk away, then he started again, saying that “everyone of them are responsible.” We turned back and he told us to step up to him. Then people yelled for the police to come over. The Guy said “we would never do anything like this to others.” My friend went off saying, “not only have we in the past but sometimes we are worse” The guy threw down his bag and said “all right lets go” as if to fight. I said I will not fight you, I do not believe in violence. People laughed at the guy. At this point two police captains came over and asked what was going on. I gave them the flier we were giving out, one read it and said there is nothing wrong with this. He sent the guy home and told us to not go near him till he leaves. We were given an area to hand out the rest of the fliers to people, which were gone shortly after as people wanted to read what we had to say. If it is at all possible, you must go and see what New York City looks like now. Even if you cannot go to the City look from the NJ side. Stand with people talk to them. The media is not portraying what I saw yesterday. Everyone should honestly see it with your own eyes. -Jordan