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(en) US, Chicago: Big Idea Rag #1 – World Can’t Wait - THE TABLOID FOR ACTIVIST SCENESTERS

Date Sat, 05 Nov 2005 13:29:58 +0200


Brought to you by Big Idea CSC – PR for the Revolution
www.angelfire.com/empire2/bigideacom www.myspace.com/bigideacommunity
Inspired by JJ’s Film Reviews on Chicago Indymedia, Big Idea
CSC has decided to start a tabloid! This is edition one.
On October 2, the World Can’t Wait Coalition organized a
protest against the Iraq War in Chicago. Their message was:
“The World Can’t Wait to Drive Out the Bush Regime!”
Big Idea Says: “Chicago can’t wait to organize our own protests without
outsiders who don’t contact local medics, food not bombs, radical pr,
and legal support!”

We remember March 20, 2003, taking over Lakeshore Drive.
That’s our kind of protest!

Big Idea’s day began at 6AM when we realized the anarchist
feeder march didn’t have any media support! Having the
corporate media around at a protest helps keep us safe – the cops
have less fun bashing heads when they know the press is around to
film them.

Since we’re anarchists (baby) we self-organized and wrote a
press release about the anarchist feeder march and the rally and
march in Federal Plaza. We obtained the info. for the release from
Chicago Indymedia. Little did we know – World Can’t Wait
lied in their post! They claimed Cindy Sheehan and other activist
“celebrities” would be present at the march. A member of
Chicago Action Medical told us Cindy was actually in San Fran. Of
course the anarchists didn’t lie in their post – they met up at
11 AM in Grant Park across the street from Columbia College, as
promised (We are sad to report that no one famous showed up).

Big Idea recruited a beautiful young spokesperson with the most
gorgeous eyes you ever saw. We gave her several sound bites to
learn, and spent about 30 minutes going over them. This is guerrilla
PR!

The “spokeswoman for the revolution” did an excellent job!
Our press statements were:

Why are you here?
We’re here across the street from Columbia College at the
anarchist feeder march, and we’ll be going to Federal Plaza to
join the World Can’t Wait march and rally.”
What’s going on in Federal Plaza?
“In Federal Plaza, people from Chicago are gathering to send the
message that the World Can’t Wait to overthrow the leaders of
our country.”
Where are you marching to?
“The march route in still undetermined. We will be marching till
the war ends.”
What is Anarchism?
“Anarchism means real freedom for real people.”

Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of Big Idea, there was no
corporate media support at the feeder march. But Indymedia was
there! Our lovely spokesperson gave numerous statements to the
assembled cameras, and did an excellent job of staying on message.

About 100 anarchists gathered for the feeder march, and half of the
group left early to drum up support outside the 624 S. Wabash
building at Columbia College.

Both sections of the feeder march arrived at Federal Plaza by 12:15.
On the way, there was a short street theater action from the Radical
Cheerleaders at the Department of Homeland Security.

Big Idea walked around the Plaza, saying hi to reporters and offering
them interviews. We also got free T-Shirts from World Can’t
Wait and PETA. Thanks guys! If you can believe it, the reporters
didn’t even know about the World Can’t Wait press tent!
We told them about the tent, and the free water (there was no food
provided by World Can’t Wait).

Big Idea asked for 30 seconds on the stage in order to talk about the
Anarchist Feeder March. EVERYONE from World Can’t Wait
seemed fine with this, except for the Leader Controlling the Stage.
When she blocked us from getting our message out, we tore off our
“World Can’t Wait” t-shirt and proceeded to co-opt her
media, giving interviews behind the stage to local corporate
reporters, as well as student reporters.

Once the march started, Big Idea got bored (we hate walking in
circles surrounded by riot cops) and went back to our down town
offices. In the Sun Times the next day, we saw some anarchists
burning an American Flag – nice job guys!

PS – Heather B, thanks for teaching us how to be fab and wear
Channel! It’s a great costume! CG/Columbia College –
Thanks for the support! Interns – Thanks for showing up!

Press Releases

Release: N2 Anarchist Feeder
By: Big Idea CSC
http://chicago.indymedia.org/newswire/display/64993/index.php

Rachael P Faces Heavy Police Repression While Campaigning for
President
By: Big Idea CSC
http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=32304787&blogID=58647920

Photos/ Reports

Radical WCW / UIC Feeder / Halloween Anarchist March
By: guerrilla disturbance theatre
http://chicago.indymedia.org/newswire/display/65137/index.php

N2: Chicagoans Protest Against Bush Regime
By: Chris Geovanis/CIMC
http://chicago.indymedia.org/newswire/display/65045/index.php

Corporate Media

Getty Images of Chicago Protest
1. Go to www.gettyimages.com
2. Click on “Editorial”
3. Search for Chicago Protest

Yahoo News Protest Images / Video
1. Go to http://news.yahoo.com
2. Search for Protest

Chicago Sun Times
1,000 stage Loop protest against Bush administration
BY: ABDON M. PALLASCH, Staff Reporter
Contributing: Lisa Donovan
http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-protest03.html
(Print edition had some great photos!)

Chicago Tribune
By Jason George, Tribune staff reporter
1,100 rally, march to protest Bush administration policies
Speakers advocate removal of president
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/northwest/chi-0511030231nov03,1,4307008.story?ctrack=1&cset=true

Seattle Times
Hundreds protest Iraq war
By Nick Perry and Sara Jean Green, Seattle Times staff reporters
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2002600889_protest03m.html

Washington Post
Thousands rally across US against Bush policies
By Christine Kearney, Reuters
Additional reporting by Michael Conlon in Chicago
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/02/AR2005110203149.html

San Francisco Chronicle
Protesters taking to streets to seek Bush ouster
Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Staff Writer
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2005/11/02/BAGKAFHM8U1.DTL

People's Daily Online, China
Roundup: Protests against Bush held across US
Source: Xinhua
http://english.people.com.cn/200511/03/eng20051103_218760.html


N2 Photo Captions:

1. Emma MacDonald, a student at Center School who walked out to
join the anti-war rally at Westlake Park, has peace a symbol drawn
on one cheek and an anti-Bush symbol on the other.
ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

2. A man at an anti-Bush demonstration is arrested Wednesday at
Seventh Avenue and Olive Way for allegedly refusing to get off the
street after several warnings by Seattle police.
MIKE SIEGEL / THE SEATTLE TIMES

3. San Francisco police officers arrest a woman after a demonstration
protesting President Bush in San Francisco, on Wednesday, Nov. 2,
2005. A large crowd made its way from the Civic Center down
Market Street Wednesday, blocking traffic during the afternoon
commute. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

4. Anti-war protesters scream at the front of the Federal Courthouse
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005, in Seattle. Several hundred people joined
in what was called a national student walkout on the anniversary of
the presidential election as a protest to the war in Iraq. They also
marched through the streets of downtown Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine
Thompson)

5. A worker places posters protesting the visit of U.S. President
George W. Bush in Mar del Plata, Argentina, Wednesday, Nov. 2,
2005. Bush will come to Mar del Plata this week to attend the IV
America's Summit. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez Mills)

6. Members of the International Association of Machinists and
Aerospace Workers protest Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005, outside the
gates of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Workers went on
strike Wednesday after they could not reach a deal with Boeing
before a midnight deadline. Boeing machinists went on strike at
12:01 a.m. Wednesday after last-minute talks broke down between
their union and the company unit that operates the Delta rocket
program. (AP Photo/Florida Today, Rik Jesse)

7. An indigenous Mapuche from Chile walks under a poster of
famed revolutionary Ernesto 'Che' Guevara outside of stadium were
'People's Summit' will take place in Mar del Plata, Argentina,
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005. Dozens of organizations and NGO have
organized a parallel summit to protest the Americas Summit that will
gather leaders of 34 Western Hemisphere nations Friday and
Saturday. (AP Photo/Marcelo Hernandez)

8. Steve Johnson participates in a protest rally in Chicago, Illinois.
Thousands of Americans staged noisy demonstrations across the
United States to protest the policies of President George W. Bush on
the first anniversary of his re-election.(AFP/Getty Images/Scott
Olson)
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