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Jared Paul



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MANICx GETS ARRESTED IN NYC!!(long story so getf.ckingready)  Reply with quote  

HERE GOES:

LET ME START BY SAYING SATURDAY WAS A F.CKING VICTORY. STR8 UP. WE CAUGHT EM WITH THEIR PANTS DOWN; TO SAY THAT THEY UNDERESTIMATE THE POTENTIAL MAGNITUDE OF THIS EVENT, IS THE UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE F.CKING FINANCIAL QUARTER.

I WANT TO LET EVERYONE WHO WENT FROM RI TO KNOW THAT I LOVE YOU AND I AM SO HONORED BY YOUR ACTIONS AND THE PEACFUL NATURE WITH WHICH YOU CONDUCTED YOURSELVES.

SEMIprose For Artistic Journalism had 3 separate groups scattered about the demonstation, all doing their best to keep things civil
and peacefully expressive.

The group that MANICx was a part of picked up with a feeder march outside of Grand Central, headed for 1st Ave. United For Peace was denied a "march permit" by NYC,

as a direct result, activists worked together in the preceding weeks to organize several "FEEDER MARCHES", smaller marches of thousands that would lead to the rally and cover the ground that a main march
normally would.

The one i was a part of was stopped by riot police at the corner of 51st and 3rd Ave. SEMIprose was rolling deep, but left, right, and forward were all blocked off by police.

We began dancing and drumming with about 80,000 other activists filling 3rd ave. horse cops were sweeping by every 10 minutes or so.

everything was cool and peaceful. the cops were happy because it was calm. we were happy dancing. Unfortunately, SOME SELFISH MARCHER A BLOCK AWAY UP 3RD AVE DECIDED TO THROW A PACKAGE OF FIRE CRACKERS

IN FRONT OF A HORSE COP. The horse reared and the cop went down. Then ALL the cops at ALL 4 barricades went on the aggressive. THEY BEGAN PUSHING ALL OF OUR PEOPLE BACK.

THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME ALL DAY I WAS SEPARATED FROM SEMIprose members. I rushed up to the front and began pushing. However, the people in the front were not trained activists, they were a group of good citizens pissed off about the war.

So i pushed, and they retreated. I SAT DOWN, AND ENCOURAGED EVERYONE TO SIT DOWN. I HEARD AND OFFICER SHOUTING, I REFUSED TO MOVE. HE SCREAMED IN MY FACE, AND I LAID FLAT ON THE GROUND. THEY DRAGGED ME AWAY.

As i was getting cuffed, i looked back and the crowd sprang to life shouting and chanting. I saw fellow SEMIprose member Kie, give me the thumbs up, and i smiled across the intersection; if Mike Cellemme could only see me now!! TOP OF THE WORLD VEGAN.

Looking across the street, i now saw a girl on the ground kicking at an officer, he was beating severely her with a night stick. That made me sad, but i couldn't stop laughing.

Her and her friend were beaten and dragged off with me. I made friends with them in the precinct right around the corner.

My detainer was Officer Chilelli: 5"6, 170 lbs, dark brown eyes, five o'clock shadow, dark hair, and thick eye brows ( i think he was irish ). He put plastic binds on my wrists very tightly, i bled. They refused to take my protective eye wear off or remove my bib tied scarf. I looked like an idiot to all passing cops. What can i say?... my hands were tied.

i was totally compliant and very respectful. goggles still on, still seeing the world in Uvex orange. Chilelli seemed scared.

After 45 minutes against the wall and several impromptu conversations with passing cops (most came over to degrade us, but some actually wanted to know what was going on, and one Cape Verdian officer asked us to update him about the present situation/world events leading up to us being here. he said he was happy that we were standing for what we believed in)I was was then moved to Big Boy jail. he seemed sincere, even through the uvex .

On the way, traffic was shitty. the cuffs were killing me. there was a whino passed out and muttering on the seat next to me. i finally managed to work my goggles off in the car, rubbing my head against the back of the seat.

Ahhhh, momentary clarity and an itchy ITCHY forehead.

I apologized to the officer driving and Chilelli for the behaviour of any of our violent brother and sister activists. With a little prying, they began spilling their GUTS about how unappreciated they felt.

About how their vests were defective, how awful the pay was, the lack of concern for their safety on the part of the city/administration. Chilelli said that his job sucked, and he was only doing it until he could get in at the fire dept, AND ABOUT HOW BADLY SOMEBODY "FUCKED UP TODAY". They said the department was totally unprepared for this number of people.

IT WAS A REOCCURING THEME THROUGH OUT THE DAY; one officer leaning in to another and whispering, "somebody fucked up" or "jesus frank, they really dropped the f.cking ball on this one".

I encouraged them to write down some of their stories, and then read them at poetry slams in nyc. I told them the story of Corbet Dean.

We talked about how good Pennington is gonna be for the Jets. I hate the f.cking Jets. But only because they beat us, and i can't stand the thought of Curtis Martin being an enemy.

When we got to Big Boy jail there were many rugged characters cursing and vommitting. Luckily the last desk Sgt. made a mistake. I was not supposed to go to Harlem, but to a holding tank on the east side especially for demonstrators. who's a lucky dog?

At the next spot, i was put in line outside with other arrested demonstrators. The girl in front of me was bleeding from the face. She resisted arrest and her officer forced her face down, into the pavement.

She was so firery. A college girl. She was separated from her group, they all planned to do consolidated arrest; get bagged together, refuse to give info, then slip off the hook based on the number/complication of processing such a number.

The River Styxx of mucous was haunting it's way down my lips and chin. She let me wipe my nose on her jacket. What a gal.

Chilelli told me not to fuck around. He said, "i can tell that you're a good kid, don't do anything stupid in there, just make it easy and get yourself back home." We really formed a bond. I mean it.

They put me in a holding tank with other protesters, all male. There were about 20 of us. That number would eventually grow to 186 over the next 8 hours.

BUT HOLD THE F.CKING PHONE!! ONE OF MY GROUP WAS ALREADY IN THE F.CKING SLAMMER!! JACK F.CKING WILMARTH!! YYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! SEMIPROSE!!

WE EMBRACED AND BEGAN HASHING OUT THE EVENTS OF THE DAY AND JUST STR8 DIGGING EVERYBODY THERE LIKE DEAN AND SAL ON FREIGHT OR SOMETHING;

There were Lawyers and teachers, carpenters and students, surfers, anarchists, socialists, marxists, social workers, and activists from all walks.

WE STARTED AN OPEN MIC!! I kicked it. SO DID EVERYBODY. Whether singing, rapping or sermonizing.

The girl activist holding tank was down the hall from ours, so the cops had to march them right by us every time they brought somebody in!! WE CHEERED FOR THEM AND TOLD THEM HOW PROUD WE WERE OF THEM. THEY CLAPPED AND SMILED AND SENT THE ENERGY RIGHT BACK. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL.

GOOD THING WE WERE BORN IN AMERICA, IMAGINE IF WE WERE BORN INTO ANTI GOVERNMENT PROTESTERS IN IRAQ? it probably wouldn't have been a party. we probably would have been broken and raw and bleeding for real. moment of clarity.

Chilelli worked hard to get me out of there. The address on my license and my actual address are not the same, not to mention a few other inconsistencies, but we got creative, and he made it happen. God bless him!! (if you believe in that sort of thing)


THE TANK SLOWLY BEGAN TO GET REALLY FILLED. THERE WERE SO MANY PEOPLE TO TALK TO! ONE OF THE LAWYERS GATHERED EVERYBODY TOGHETHER AND WE WENT OVER OUR RIGHTS.

He got on the payphone to the Lawyers Guild and 100 or so activist registered complaints in one call!! There were some cats in there who got FUCKED UP by cops. bloody.

Then my man NICK FOX ROLLED INTO THE CELL TOO!! YEEEHAAW. To make a long story even longer, alot of networking and politicking went on, for what seemed like an eternity.

WE ALL GOT TOGETHER AND REFUSED TO GIVE ANY INFO TO THE COPS AT THE SECOND INTEROGATION, WHICH I BELIEVE GOT US OUT OF THERE QUICKER.

Chilelli made magic happen. I got out of there at 11:15pm, which was quicker than everyone who went in before me save one. He and I got real sentimental on the walk out. We wished each other the best, he told me to stay the f.ck away from the front of the building, because if they got me again i'd be in deep shit with the night shift. we shook hands honestly.

i waited outside for Jack. it was cold as FUCK. i bumped into Sean Mac's boy and Nick Fox's younger brother. Just when i thought i couldn't wait ANY longer... Jacky came out. He looked dazed. We danced in the street.

BUT HOLD THE FUCKING PHONE!! AS WE DANCED I HEARD A VOICE CALLING MY NAME...
...and THERE, across the street, a tall Lithuanian/irish boy in a red, white, and blue ski mask with reflective sunglasses...

...WAS KIE!! KIERNAN!! MY LONG LOST BROTHER IN PROTEST!! OH JESUS, SEMI PROSE FOR LIFE!!!!

What a joyous occasion. And then in the distance, running toward me, it was Kyra!! and some girl who i didn't even know, hugging me (she had been met them looking for her friends as well and shared the victory).

THEY STAYED AND WAITED FOR ME. AND COLLECTED BAIL MONEY!! AND HAD A NOTE FROM MY A.N.S.W.E.R. Chapter organizer sending love and best wishes!! Bill Bateman, YOU'RE THE ONE, MAN. YOU. KEEP IT GOING BROTHER!!

so...
...we shared many stories, and grabbed a train headed for the Port Authority, we missed all providence bound busses. We had places to sleep/contacts, but i had work in 8 hours!! HA.

...fell asleep in some dodgy DODGY buffet restaurant, and made it back to station in time (my website is in the works, but if it was up i'd post pictures of us sleeping like trash on the floor outside our terminal)...

...we made it home in one piece,
...i took a shower,
...Kie and I got breakfast at MEETING STREET CAFE (a victory in itself),
...then he dropped me off at work,
AND THE BATTLE CONTINUED.


PEACE(&imeanit)
JARED"f.ckthewar"paul


MARCH 1ST IS THE NEXT DEMONSTRATION IN DC, WHO'S COMING?


* HERE'S A LIST OF WEB-SITES SUPPORTING/SHOWCASING POLITICAL/ECO- AWARENESS, endorsed by The MANICexpressive Agenda:

www.votenowar.org
www.votetoimpeach.org
www.internationalanswer.org
www.thisisdemocracy.org
www.c-span.org
www.adbusters.org
www.unitedforpeace.org
www.greasecar.com
www.veggievan.org
www.peta.com
www.veganoutreach.org
Post Wed Feb 19, 2003 6:53 pm
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That is one helluva fucking story, man.
Post Wed Feb 19, 2003 7:04 pm
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you guys sound like a friggin cult! hah..

that was an interesting read.. i'm glad there are people out there doign that.. i'm not one to get involved in such things.. but i had to go uptown to return a book that day.. and i was curious so i walked through midtown on my way home.. a lot of people.. a lot of signs.. didn't really like the crowdy bunched up shoouty pickety atmosphere.. but that' sjust me.. it's still good to see that there are people adamant about this no war thign..
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Overall, I am definitely behind you and think you are good people from what I know... thanks for writing all that out, it was a good read. Just be careful... it's a fine line between doing these things for what you believe in and for doing them because it's the super proactive cool-guy eith smarts thing to do.

You sounded really into the idea of being arrested for protesting... like it was a rite of passage or something... I was sort of put off by that vibe, to be honest... but it's the written word, I could be way off on your tonal intentions. Anyway, this is far too long of a post... good story.
Post Thu Feb 20, 2003 1:19 am
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All he did was refuse to move. He just sat down,, as is his right, and refused to move.

I think the point was not to budge or give in to abuse of authority, which is the point of protest. So he was making his point, which is why he was there.

Also, if you exaust the resourses of the poolice, that would make it easier for the rest of your brethrend to do what they came to do.

I actually have no idea what I'm talking about and have never been to a protest. So I'll shut up now.
Post Thu Feb 20, 2003 1:37 am
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write a few books, you will make a lot of money if you want, maybe even if you dont.
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Thanks for the read.
Post Thu Feb 20, 2003 3:54 am
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Fladlien wrote:
Thanks for the read.
Post Thu Feb 20, 2003 6:24 am
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Thanks for stopping the war.

Oh, also thanks for being arrested.

...sorry, I'm cynical.
Post Thu Feb 20, 2003 11:26 am
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good story yo.

also, being arrested is what makes civil disobedience civil disobedience. people forget that if you break some windows and run away, that's not civil disobedience. that's pure vagrancy, plain and simple. civil disobedience requires engaging in a direct, symbolic, illegal act and accepting the consequences as a statement against something you believe is immoral. in this case, manic refused to be budged by a line of cops to make the statement that this voice cannot be silenced and this movement will not be pushed aside and ignored by authorities. it is symbolic. the consequences were arrest, and he followed through as one should.

so, getting arrested isn't a rite of passage, it's something that anyone who protests should be prepared for and willing to endure. you don't have to want it, but if it comes down to it, you don't run, you stand tall for what you believe.
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You guys kinda missed what I was saying about him being arrested... I wasn't saying anything against the actual act of being arrested... thats hardcore and cool...


It's just... ok.. I go to this art college and every other person I see is pretentious as fuck about these things... and Ive seen a million kids talk about protesting and shit like this and in the long run it has nothing to do with the protest and it has everything to do with the fact they get to tell the story of the protest to the hot hippie chick with the vagina. You know?

Same goes for a lot of the vegans who tell EVERYONE they see about it every day all day... but it's a shame because I see those idiots so much that when I see a post like this... I have a hard time taking it at face value, even though I SHOULD... seeing as I don't even know manic.

Again, I'm not saying manic was being a little jerk like a lot of the kids I know... I was just saying to him, in a kind-uncle sort of way to just be careful... it's easy to fall into that trap.


I'm just a cynical fool, I sowwy
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I said it before and I'll say it now: protesting is an individual act that only serves the individual. Laws have never been altered solely through peacable protest.

That being said, I was on 1st Ave and 51st protesting with the bulk of the crowd (the Northern part of it, anyway). And you know what? It made me feel good.
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Good story.
I ended up on third as well, and that's as far as i got. I remember seeing a TON of cops right around where you said, trying to hold the crowd in. and they definitely were NOT prepared for that many people, i could tell just from looking at the cops...they had this dazed look on their faces....like they were thinking "why didn't someone tell us there'd be this many people??"

If someone with a half a brain in the mayor's office had allowed a march permit (like they will do for the St. Patrick's Day parade in a couple weeks that has just as many people) the crowd would have followed one set path to first avenue, instead of thousands here and thousands there trying 15 different ways to get to one place. it was chaos, and they deserved it for not issuing a march permit.
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(Jared)Good to hear you got through okay. It seems as though I missed a lot of calamity between 3pm and 4pm. The group I went with needed us to get back to the bus at Shea Stadium for 4pm. All I heard was a seemingly very one-sided AM radio broadcast.

That was one of the most beautiful things I have ever witnessed and it was really dope being able to build with the people I went with.

I'm not surprised that the media once again severely downplayed the magnitude of this demonstration. I can't help but wonder though, if people are seeing 10,000 people, instead of 500,000 people{on the news}....and are truly being fed the bullshit, no matter how strong our numbers are.......at the end of the day, what can we do? Beyond telling people about the my experience and showing up to more demonstrations....what can I do, to get people to see the bigger picture? Are their other channels available to get more people to take off their blinders?

whatever, it was great to see such a diverse crowd out there
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SneebDotCom wrote:
It's just... ok.. I go to this art college and every other person I see is pretentious as fuck about these things... and Ive seen a million kids talk about protesting and shit like this and in the long run it has nothing to do with the protest and it has everything to do with the fact they get to tell the story of the protest to the hot hippie chick with the vagina. You know?


Sneeb, did you ever hear my track "Irrevolutionaries"? Check my newmusiccanada page... you'd agree with it, I think.
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