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by the "Bring on the Ruckus" Society
Friday, Aug. 04, 2000 at 10:00 PM
A Fair Warning to Riordan and the status quo: The Ruckus is Coming!
A Fair Warning to All: Don't Disrupt Our City!
Quotes from L.A. Mayor Richard J Riordan
July 13th, 2000
" The police will get tough when confronted with lawlessness."
"The vast majority of demonstrators will be orderly and responsible. . .by working closely with the LAPD and the DNC to determine the times and routes of their demonstrations."
"a small but significant number of rogue demonstrators, anarchists whose sole intent is violent disruption. . . will try to make the police look unnecessarily brutal."
"(they) have attended training camps where they have learned strategies of destruction and guerilla tactics. . . and communicate their methods of malice over the Internet."
"(In Seattle) the rioters were not angry unionists and
environmentalists...they were middle-class young adults who coldly and methodically destroyed
property. . . these so-called anarchists returned to their comfortable middle-class homes."
"After the Laker's victory. . . demonstrators seemed hell-bent on causing mass disruption and violent confrontation. . . The police countered by using a strategy of restraint and containment. They did not want to escalate mayhem into riot. . . This was an unhappy choice, but it worked."
"We cannot tolerate nonviolent civil disobedience. . . those who insist on using such tactics point to Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. as their moral examples. . must be prepared to pay stiff fines and face arrest and jail."
"The safety of our residents, our visitors and our businesses, as well as the reputation of our city, demands no less."
A Fair Warning to Riordan and the status quo:
The Ruckus Is Coming!
An Anarchist response to Richard J Riordan, Mayor of Los Angeles
On July, 13, 2000, L.A. Mayor, Richard J. Riordan released a "Warning to All" in the Los Angeles Times concerning the anticipated resistance to the upcoming Democratic National Convention. Riordan's statement is a thin veil of fear targeted at furthering the divisions of class and race, in hopes that all those fed up with the current situation of oppression and ecological devastation will NOT come together to finally confront the madness of modern society. From school shootings, to widespread use of drugs (legal and illegal), to our dependency on genetically engineered synthetic food, we do not need to look far to see that our lives have been methodically transformed to a brain-numbed existence, with television as our role model. Repeatedly throughout his statement, the Mayor refers to "white middle-class young adults. . .(who) returned (from Seattle) to their comfortable middle-class homes". While there are a number of white-skinned individuals within the international resistance movement, they in no way represent the movement as a whole. Furthermore, to imply that an individual born of a certain class or system cannot realize the injustice of that upbringing and strive to change it only perpetuates this suffocating and destructive capitalist system and furthers racism and division. It is time to break down the boundaries created by those that only want to keep us enslaved in their system.
Riordan states, "The vast majority of demonstrators will be orderly and responsible. . . by working closely with the LAPD and the DNC to determine the times and routes of their demonstrations." In short, the Mayor is implying that the desire to no longer live within an oppressive, greed motivated system can only be expressed through ineffective sidewalk marching and holding signs. After centuries of global domination by those who fail to see us all as equal, we have the obligation, the desire and the rage to change it and can no longer be satisfied within their designated squares to peaceably voice our discontent. Riordan, himself, admits that "We cannot tolerate nonviolent civil disobedience..." History has shown in Birmingham, Chicago, Kent State, Seattle, and countless other examples, even those who choose non-violent "oderly" demonstrations are beaten and murdered by the police-state. When the riot cops descend on L.A. with their "non-lethal" toys, presumably the situation will be much the same.
The time is long past due to bring on the Ruckus. How long can we passively sit by and watch as the earth and all of her inhabitants are mutilated in the name of profit? Is it not time to remove our reliance
from the corporate death-machine and finally build empowered communities of resistance? There are alternatives to living as a faceless cog in the machine. By relearning the almost-lost knowledge of how to grow our food, educate our children, heal our bodies, and settle our own disputes, our dependency on unhealthy bureaucracies and alienating institutions willend. We are capable of living truly fulfilling lives in the absence
of authority, as self-governing beings, providing mutual-aide to one another. We cannot wait for the current order to collapse on its own. Contrary to the recent media sensationalization, people need not fear those fighting to create a new world on the ruins of the old. Our objective is not to target individuals, but instead, the economic, state, and religious institutions which enslave us. We have no choice but to BRING ON THE RUCKUS because, as Riordan suggests, "the reputation of our city demands no less."
See you in L.A.
The "Bring On The Ruckus" Society
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