At 7:00 p.m. many from the consulate went downtown to the Federal
building to join a Stations of the Cross protest in response to recent INS
raids and rounding up of undocumented workers. Several people captured in
last week's raid had participated in New York Zapatista meetings and
activities. At the Federal building, INS headquarters, there were at least
200 people, the vast majority (95%?) were from New York's Mexican
communities. This event, which was well covered by the media, including
international Spanish language television like ECO, was pulled together in
less than a week by the Asociacion Tepeyac de New York and several from NY
Zapatistas. At each Station of the Cross a statement was read. Throughout
there were links made between low intensity war in Chiapas, INS raids and
roundups in New York, and how they are situated in neoliberalism,
neocolonialism, and globalization. The first paragraph of the first station
read as follows:
"Los que gobiernan este mundo imponen el llamado Neoliberalismo, Nuevo
Colonialismo, o Globalizacion dondequiera. NAFTA o el tratado de libre
comercio con Mexico es una de sus concrecione."
The beta actions of Electronic Civil Disobedience had mixed reviews,
in face-to-face reaction and on-line reports. The actions also had mixed
results. The strongest critique of Electronic Civil Disobedience revolved
around the meaning of "civil disobedience." Others were less concerned with
the literal meaning of these words and enjoyed some of the features on the
April 10 web site. There were mixed reports about the impact. Remember this
was an experiment, a test, a dress rehearsal. Part of the experiment was to
see if people all around the world can act at the same time on the Net.
This seems to be the case. Yesterday, when some tried to access the web
site of Zedillo, they could not. But when others tried, they were able to.
It seems that numerous people were tuned in to Flood Net: Version 1.0.
Probably at certain points during the day a critical mass was reached at
which points access to Zedillo's web page were temporarily cut off.
Please send both positive and negative critical reaction to what appeared
on the April10.html web page, the dress rehearsal of The Electronic
Disturbance Theater, to mailto:email@example.com and to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org