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May 28, 2010

2010.05.28: FW: [nycmassdefense] 2nd LO Req. Fri. May 28 6pm – Houston & Lafayette – BP Protest

Filed under: Civil Liberties — nyclaw01 @ 12:36 pm

From: Morris, Susan
Sent: Friday, May 28, 2010 12:36 PM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject: FW: [nycmassdefense] 2nd LO Req. Fri. May 28 6pm – Houston & Lafayette – BP Protest

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From: [] On Behalf Of nlgnyc

Sent: Friday, May 28, 2010 11:44 AM


Subject: [nycmassdefense] 2nd LO Req. Fri. May 28 6pm – Houston & Lafayette – BP Protest

If you can legal observe for this event, please contact the chapter office at (212) 679-6018

This has become a much larger event since the first request went out.

Who: Where is My Vote, Code Pink and others

What: Protest BP Oil Spill

Where: BP Gas Station, Houston and Lafayette Sts., Manhattan

When: Friday, May 28th, 6pm

Contact person: Bitta Mostofi

Contact number: 773-655-2980


As the oil blackens the waters and life of an entire sea, the world watches in silent horror. The oil spill in the Gulf Of Mexico was not an act of God.  It was an act of three irresponsible and remorseless corporations cutting corners in the pursuit of profit and quarterly production quotas.  The waters of the planet are owned by no man. They are ours as a global community, and being the property of humanity and our aquatic companions, the destruction of this ecosystem will not be tolerated silently.

On May 28th, nearly 40 days after the beginning of this disaster, we shall come together as citizens of NYC and march to the BP station on the corner of Housten and Lafayette.  There, we will be dressed in all white with gas hoses wrapped around our bodies and necks symbolizing the asphyxiating hold the oil companies maintain on the world.  We shall enter the station and for two minutes stand in a formation that demonstrates our solidarity against BP and other companies guilty of the same crimes. There will be a speaker demanding that BP, TransOcean, and Halliburton halt all drilling world wide till the oil spill is totally cleaned. After the speech, we will chant: “BP How do you like your home black, BP you can have your oil back.” We will then dump buckets of “oil” (black water) over ourselves and the station.  Then we will disperse.

This is a peaceful, non-destructive piece of performance art.  It will be videotaped, edited, and digitally disseminated. A flash protest if you will.

The point is participation, not perfection. If these companies and powers defeat us, that is a shame. However, if we defeat ourselves by being indifferent, callous, numb, and fearful, that is a tragedy we all will have to live with for the rest of our lives. I ask you all to muster your courage and love and join us in giving British Petroleum back its oil.

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