[NetBehaviour] current story
Johannes.Birringer at brunel.ac.uk
Tue Jun 2 12:36:20 CEST 2020
it is not easy to read the reports coming from out friends in the united states, and the fear and anxiety i read in these posts you all shared.
it's also not something I can easily integrate, having lived in Houston since 1987, in my experience, as i was perhaps fortunate not to
have been exposed to the violence you described, no matter the civil protests that we took part in, for gay rights, against the war, for women's rights
and pro choice and black lives matter, for the earth and future fridays, it seems an endless string of expressions needing be to renewed, for justice and survival,
and speaking up against disenfranchisement. the protests I see as necessary for a civil society, since you have to have debate. the provocation of civil war, under the time of this pandemic, and frayed health, social and economic systems/infrastructures, what do we make of this?
From: NetBehaviour <netbehaviour-bounces at lists.netbehaviour.org> on behalf of Alan Sondheim <sondheim at panix.com>
Sent: 02 June 2020 09:51
Helicopter still overhead. Believe it or not this was an organized attack
on the city, starting around 11:45 - the police knew about it ahead of
time. The attackers came in from Massachusetts, drove down, parked around
Westminster St. - maybe 200-300 (at around 3:30 in the morning the cars
started leaving); they were armed with sledgehammers, fireworks, etc. etc.
We knew as well it was coming. The Black Lives Matter march was earlier;
this piggybacked on it. They tried to burn the mall down and destroyed a
lot of businesses on our street. It's been hell. We're going to try to
sleep, I've taken a lot of pills. Very scary it, and different from the
way other cities were hit.
love to all, Alan
On Tue, 2 Jun 2020, Annie Abrahams via NetBehaviour wrote:
> Dear Alan,
> I hope you can stay safe
> with love to all
> On Tue, Jun 2, 2020 at 9:16 AM Alan Sondheim <sondheim at panix.com> wrote:
> Not hopeful here at all, lots of explosions, cars driving out of
> the area
> at high speed, people carrying loot in front of our place - all
> around 11, we think our street's been hit bad but we can't go
> out and look
> tonight, too dangerous - we had to call the cops at one point as
> were trying to break into the bars below us. It's toxic.
> This definitely isn't protest, not at this hour, these people.
> This is a
> video game. Sirens still going on at 3:15, screeching tires,
> running, carrying stuff.
> - Alan
> On Tue, 2 Jun 2020, Max Herman wrote:
> > Stay safe Alan. I truly believe this is not protest, nor
> anything to do with
> > justice for George Floyd.
> > There's footage now of a young white Chicago man handing out
> > devices to people in my neighborhood last week telling them to
> throw them at
> > the police station. He livestreamed himself doing it if you
> can imagine.
> > Be hopeful too. The national guard being here has stopped the
> insanity at
> > night, not by any use of force but just by having some level
> of civil
> > authority present. They have behaved professionally. The
> curfew has helped
> > too, allowing police to find the violent instigators and get
> fire trucks to
> > the fires. The real protests are thriving during the day, with
> > grace. People are helping each other, connecting, and healing,
> > food, cleaning up, and grieving.
> > From: NetBehaviour
> <netbehaviour-bounces at lists.netbehaviour.org> on behalf
> > of Alan Sondheim <sondheim at panix.com>
> > Sent: Tuesday, June 2, 2020 1:06 AM
> > To: NetBehaviour for networked distributed creativity
> > <netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org>
> > Subject: Re: [NetBehaviour] current story
> > It's our turn now, riots and fire downtown central Providence,
> a few
> > blocks from here. We knew about it ahead of time. There were
> > Looting in a relatively poor city. We can hear explosions
> going off, what
> > sounded like fireworks and gunfire. I can't think straight. I
> want to get
> > the hell out of this country. This is way beyond protest, this
> > ultraviolence here. Louder explosions now.
> > The warnings were four or five hours ago. So people were
> coming in to
> > cause trouble. Earlier there were white motorcycle gangs
> > Apologies, can't think straight.
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