By now you’ve probably seen the video of UC Davis police pepper spraying peaceful protesters who were simply sitting on the gorund.
But have you seen what happened next?
Police were forming up with weapons raised surrounded on three sides by protesters, when someone yelled “Mic check!”
Or, if you want to see it starting with the pepper spraying:
The one with the two pepper spray cans appears to be the same police
lieutenant who pepper sprayed the protesters.
As the protesters say through the human microphone that they are
willing to let the police just walk away, even after the police
had assaulted them with pepper spray,
that same lieutenant motions to the police, who lower their weapons
and back away.
Noon until 3PM today, in Drexel Park, Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia,
Occupy Valdosta will be having a General Assembly.
This is the slow, messy, talkative, oddly organized, flashy-fingered
decision-making forum descended from the direct democracy of ancient Athens.
The General Assembly method is
why Occupy Wall Street is two months old
instead of being a one-shot one-day march.
Already more people have signed up to march Friday than showed up
at the Chamber’s event last night.
There’s an Occupy Valdosta organizational meeting tonight;
more in the blog after that.
The traditional media are starting to flock around, as well.