Scary Police Crowd Control Tactics

Protests

New Orleans      My ears perked up as I was listening to a radio broadcaster in Austin relate a story about a novel and dangerous police crowd control tactic used to break up a demonstration.  In his telling, a mobile squad of police bicycle cops swooped down on the protestors at breakneck speed, sending protestors …

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Marathon Protests

Organizing Protests

New Orleans      There’s something strange and different happening in the world of protests.  The average bystander is unlikely to have noticed this, but as a practitioner in this trade, I couldn’t avoid recognizing a subtle, but surprising global trend:  marathon protests. Once upon a time, it was all about the numbers.  Crowd claims and …

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Convention Lite without any Bite

Protests

New Orleans     I actually know a lot about the national political conventions, both Republican and Democratic.  ACORN was well represented every four years from the 1978 Memphis midterm under President Carter to 1980 in New York and Detroit, Dallas with the Republicans and Ronald Reagan in 1984, and on and on.  Except for 1980, …

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The Federal Invasion of Portland, Oregon

Protests

Pearl River     Portland, Oregon is a long way from the rest of the country, squeezed between Seattle and California, the lower Cascades and the Pacific Ocean.  Every once in a great while it sneaks into the nation’s consciousness as the home of “Portlandia” hipsters, coffee houses, and microbreweries and as a landing pad for the …

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