10 reasons to not provide a protest itinerary to the police (Anonymous source)
Anonymous March 25, 2012
Original French Text: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2Sot5om4RWyWmI1S1plZXBRMGM/edit
1- The right to protest exists! The Canadian and Quebec Charters of Rights and Freedoms, both documents that protect the fundamental rights governening relations between the state and individuals, guarantee the right to protest as it pertains to freedom of conscience, thought, belief, opinion and expression. These Charters also protect the freedom of peaceful assembly and association, which are the ways in which this form of expression manifests itself.
2- Police everywhere, trust nowhere! Transmitting the itinerary of a protest to the police implies a process of negotiation between the protest organizers and the police. However, it often happens – and this increases in step with the escalation of police repression – that the relationship of trust inherent in this negotiation is found lacking.
3- Why legitimize a negotiation process from which we will clearly emerge on the losing end? The refusal to submit an itinerary is a strategic choice, insofar as experience has shown us that the police will try to impose a route that would undermine the impact of the protest by preventing it from, for example, directing the procession through an important commercial artery or in front of a highly symbolic place, yet one that interferes too much with public order according to “officials”. Without an agreement, the police can even refuse to authorize the protest. Not submitting an itinerary is tantamount to refusing to acknowledge a process of negotiation with the state from which we will leave the loser.
The brave new world of…2013
You may not have a robot dog, techno-comforts or kids listening to “futura-rock.” But some of the predictions in this recently-rediscovered issue of the Los Angeles Times Magazine largely hold true.
Predictions about the increased prevalence of telecommunication, smarter cars (though ours don’t look as funky as the ones seen above) and globalization all seem to be rather spot-on, considering they were made in 1988!
That said, there’s no way your morning starts out like this:
With a barely perceptible click, the Morrow house turns itself on, as it has every morning since the family had it retrofitted with the Smart House system of wiring five years ago…in the study, the family’s personalized home newspaper, featuring articles on the subjects that interest them…is being printed by laser-jet printer off the home computer – all while the family sleeps.
Photos: Los Angeles Times
The future is now!
FRAGMENT ON THE JETSONS
The best part about the Dominos experiment was ordering an individual Owen Jones with nothing on it (not even sauce) except beef on the left-hand side.
General Von Hindenburg