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Miami Model Screening Raided in NYC

 

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In the lead up the the RNC, the state has already begun intensifying their indimidation tactics, starting with a police raid on an Indymedia film screening and benefit show last night in New York. A multi-agency task force shut down a NYC Indymedia video team benefit late Saturday night, sparking complaints that the action was politically motivated.

"I don't think every single department showing up here was a coincidence," said Brandon Jourdan, a video team organizer. "But maybe it was or maybe it was not. People will have to decide for themselves."

Collectively, Indymedia activists and friends shot hundreds of hours of video footage documenting the FTAA protests in Miami. This footage has been edited by the FTAA Miami Video Working Group into a documentary that cuts through the mass media blackout to reveal the brutal repression and assault on civil liberties that took place, as well as the life-affirming and inspiring alternatives to capitalist globalization that were also in full effect in Miami.

[ NYC Indymedia | NYC IMC Video Team | FTAA IMC - The Miami Model | film order online at The Miami Model website ]

A multi-agency task force shut down a NYC Indymedia video team benefit late Saturday night, sparking complaints that the action was politically motivated.



The benefit was held at Volume, a renovated industrial warehouse, at 99. N. 13th St., Williamsburg.



"I don't think every single department showing up here was a coincidence," said Brandon Jourdan, a video team organizer. "But maybe it was or maybe it was not. People will have to decide for themselves."



The raid occurred just before midnight.



Jourdan, who was dressed in black pajamas with a white skeleton running down his torso, said that the first undercover cop showed up at 5 p.m. three hours before the benefit began and that the space was swarming with police as well as members of the Department of Buildings and the Department of Health.



"It was crazy," he said.



"They came in the middle of the party with flashlights and started pointing at holes in the ceiling and a ramp that they said shouldn't be there," said NYC IMC member Ana Nogueira. "...They could have come and inspected this at any time of day. They could've checked it months ago."



Volume's General Manager Jeffrey Tonnensen said the official reason for the shut down was the lack of an emergency lighting system and a gerryrigged stage mounted on cinderblocks. He was also given a summons for not posting a sign warning pregnant women of the dangers posed by consuming alcohol.



Tonnensen said his space has received close scrutiny from police and building inspectors since it opened on Jan. 30 but that this was the first time that the space had been closed in mid-event.



"If we're going to say this was politically motivated, I would say it's more related to New York's massive attempt to regulate nightlife," he added. "If you can't smoke and drink til 4 a.m. and dance as much as you want to in New York, where the hell are you going to do it?"



Sgt. Curry of the NYPD's Legal Bureau said the task force regularly conducts inspections of nightclubs and that the shutting down of the party was not politically motivated.



"You are not being singled out," he said.



Another officer added, "We're just here to enforce the law and uphold the peace... We don't do things for political reasons here in the City of New York. "



Video team member Erin Siegal said weeks of preparation had gone into the party, which featured a screening of "The Miami Model" (an activist documentary about police repression last November at trade talks in Miami) as well as performances by Kakistocracy, Leftover Crack, Blam, Beatbox Entertainment,DJ Dan Deuce. It had been scheduled to run until 4 a.m. with additional performances by DJ Chrome, DJ Pow Pow and DJ Noskilz. Siegal said the video team had netted $700 after expenses when the raid occurred.



"I think this is going to make us more paranoid in the future," she said. "The what-ifs are going to haunt us."



Siegal said that the video team had planned to use proceeds from the benefit to purchase two or three computers with Final Cut Pro 4, which would enable them to edit video footage more rapidly. The collective currently produces a weekly half-hour television show that airs on Manhattan Neighborhood Network, Brooklyn Community Access Television and nationally on Free Speech Television. It is currently working with several local groups to produce a daily hour-long show during the week of the Republican National Convention.

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Go tell it to the marines stupid fuckers....

King Amdo 19.Aug.2004 17:56

re:

Another officer added, "We're just here to enforce the law and uphold the peace... We don't do things for political reasons here in the City of New York. "

poem becoming a song

marco 19.Aug.2004 22:22

Here's a poem I started that I'm carving into a song now.

There's more to the police state, than just the state police.
There's more to the police state, than just the state police.
There's more to the police state, than just the state police.
I believe it goes much deeper than George Bush and Edwin Meese.

There's more to the police state, than just the state police. (x3)
Your response to Columbine wasn't at all about the peace.

There's more to the police state, than just the state police. (x3)
I believe it goes much deeper than Abu Graib or Aushwitz.

There's more to the police state, than just the state police. (x3)
You're complicitous as sin, whether you purchase, rent or lease.

There's more to the police state, than just the state police. (x3)
I believe it goes much deeper than Hillary or Condaleez.

There's more to the police state, than just the state police. (x3)
I believe it goes much deeper than George Bush and Edwin Meese.



marco

PoliceState.mp3

marco 20.Aug.2004 03:41

Here's the first audio of this song.

enjoy.

Where do I donate?

me 20.Aug.2004 04:25

F*** That, I'll pitch in. They're starting earlier and earlier. Is there an address to send donations to?

financial support

financial support 20.Aug.2004 09:48



financial support you could order a copy of the vid here:  http://ftaaimc.org/miamimodel
but more better is if you can come to new york !

Shock and Awe

Cath 20.Aug.2004 15:09

Just when i think "THEY" can't shock me again this sh*t happens.

I am outraged at the raid, the city, the USA government AND this article.

To quote police as saying we are not going after JUST activists, etc.

THIS IS A PURE AND SIMPLE ATTACK on Civil Liberties and must be STOPPED NOW.

Not surprised

Mark Bialkowski 20.Aug.2004 22:28

Nothing these goons do shocks me anymore. I know of many Americans who are either preparing to actively resist the regime, or getting ready to move to other places, away from the direct control of the regime.

NYC will be nasty, and the state will stop at nothing to justify itself. I salute those hundreds of thousands who will march, sit, play, and fight in the streets, even knowing what the corporate and state media will do, what the regime will do to smear everyone in the streets.

oh, and hey marco--ltns:)

Ed Meese

Cath 21.Aug.2004 15:23

MARCO:

I have a gigantic old poster that was wheat-pasted in D.C. years ago.

It sez: MEESE IS A PIG !

What about our right to free speech?

Bob 22.Aug.2004 04:03

Hey Guys,
You complain that your civil liberties are being violated because you cannot break up the GOP convention. What about our right to have the convention? Did you ever consider that we have a right to speak without your nazi-like tactics to prevent us from expressing our opinions in a private forum? If you were having a convention in a private forum, how many conservatives would try to break it up? None! Personally, I hope all you violent protesters get arrested. Then, once again, the focus of your silly protests will be on your violence, not your silly messages.

In reply to the last comment (tired sigh)...

King Amdo 23.Aug.2004 10:03

...These people have the right to protest. The usual thing from my experience at these events is that the police instigate horrific violence which then causes a (pathetic) reaction so that they can then say...look at these violent demonstrators...the angle that the mainstream media is usually all to eager to perpetuate. The only dude causing distruption here is you. But then you know this don't you asshole. (retorical question).

Jah sees your twisting and lying, christian vampire system ... (the beast)

King Amdo.

Response to the Jester

Bob 25.Aug.2004 15:43

Jester Amdo, how close to the GOP assembly would you and your gang get if the police would not stop you? You would get into the facility and stop the speech wouldn't you? In summary, if the police were not available, you would stop the Republicans from assembling and speaking because you do not agree with the content. You have a right to your silly protests, but the Republicans also have a right to speak and assemble without you guys breaking it up.

Fascism, plain n' simple

An Angry Librarian for Truth 27.Aug.2004 13:30

I guess we can expect stuff like this to happen! It's just too convenient that this happened so close to the Republican Natl Convention! Has anyone read about the tactics being used in Florida to intimidate black voter groups? Pretty terrifying, it's a throwback to the tactics used in the 1950s South.

Response to Bob

King Amdo 17.Sep.2004 11:15

Who's gang...I don't have one.

I've described the reality of these events...if you wish to maintain your illusionary clouded conscious then that is your problem matey.


I'm not asking, debating, or arguing with you, I'm TELLING YOU that the police (as a force) are facist agent provacators...in reality, on the ground. They try and incite violence as a propaganda measure to con people like you into thinking that we need a strong facistic police state regime!

And you fell for it!

In other words they (the police) represent the government...this is actually the true nature of your government. So either you don't know this (until now of course!)..or you know this and are an evil cunt. The choice is your's now.

Allah Akbar,

King Amdo