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(en) US, Brunswick, Bumpy Start for G8 Fix Shit Up Project*: Anarchists' Community Serving Efforts Marred by Harrassment - by charity and beth

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Date Tue, 8 Jun 2004 10:19:55 +0200 (CEST)

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Sunday, June 6- Fix Shit Up volunteers saw they had a tough
dirty job ahead of them when they arrived mid-morning at their
G8 project site on MLK drive in Brunswick. Their task- to
transform a cute but totally trashed two-story home into a suitable
location for a future youth shelter. But ongoing police
harrassment is making the work almost impossible.
The rooms were crammed full of trash and ratty mattresses but
the group jumped right in (photos). However, a few minutes later
police arrived and informed the workers that they needed written
permission from the owner of the property.

As the group started to leave in order get a note from Rev. Harry
Lyde the police asked for their ID. All replied that they did not
have ID on them but one volunteer gave his name, place of
residence and DOB.

The police promptly called it in to "check for outstanding
warrants" they said. Both IMC writers refused to give their names
and the police then took their photograph.

Later in the day, the group returned with a building permit and
proceeded to wade through the knee deep debris to drag out old
furniture and bag clothes.

While eating lunch nearby the site a few hours later, local police
officers entered and notified volunteers that police officers were
waiting to speak with them at the house. After finishing their
meal, the four volunteers walked back to the project site, where
they found several cars waiting for them and some unidentified
men walking around taking photos.

The unidentified two men, who arrived while the local police
officers were waiting for the volunteers to return, failed to identify
themselves even when asked. One of the local police officers,
who did not know who they were or who they were with, said she
assumed they were "cops" because of the lights on their
unmarked car.

When asked about their failure to identify themselves even to the
local police, a couple of the police officers responded that their
Sargeant had "dealt" with them. Soon after the unmarked car
drove away (while the passenger took photos with his cell phone),
the Sargeant also left, without explaining who the men were or
why they were taking photos.

The local police remained, however, because while at lunch a bag
belonging to one of the volunteers disappeared. She had left it on
the porch behind two garbage bags, thinking no one would look
there. The police (who had not accompanied the two unidentified
men while they took photos on the porch) soon got word that the
bag had been found.

The local police made conversation with the volunteers while
waiting for the bag's return, and explained how frustrated they
had been with the ways in which their work had been dictated by
the numerous out-of-town visitors. Twice Federal Protective
Services officers in soft body armor stopped at the scene (once
with two SUVs and one 15-passenger van) and left after speaking
with the local police.

A local police officer, who reportedly had to meet with someone
to pick up the bag, returned it about one hour after it initially went
missing. All of its contents were rearranged and the owner found
a $20 bill had been added.

The house appears to be structurally sound and will no doubt
provide an excellent home to needy young people if the folks are
able to finish.

To contact Fix Shit Up call:
404-216-4624 or 404-583-6000

Photos from Fix Shit Up Project in Brunswick

by beth
Blavoie (nospam) afsc.org
06 Jun 2004

Sunday, June 6- Community service efforts rewarded with police


charity (nospam) riseup.net
06 Jun 2004
Atlanta Indymedia
Copied from infoshop.org
* [Ed. Note: Fix Shit Up Project in Brunswick is a mean
to demonstrate the caring of anarchists for local community
when they converge to an anticapitalist globalization.]

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