People are talking about the St. Paul Principles in reference to that problematic Portland person. Fine. Deal with that.

But while on the topic, I just want to point out that number 2 was a major reason the J20 mass arrest happened. Thread.
It was an incredibly bad idea to have a 2000 person black bloc march separately & disconnected from all other protest actions that day. It painted a huge target on our backs & the MPD et al knew exactly which group of protestors to focus on that day.
The bloc should've merged with the Festival of Resistance & the family friendly stuff. Response would be "what? don't put the children in danger!" No, just let people have agency & do their thing. Keep them away from broken glass & just hang in the parks. Be jubilant
And later that day the family friendly events got tear gassed too. The kids got attacked regardless. Which brings me to my 2nd point: The social escalations in the past 5 years have drastically nullified this point. Liberal protests in Times Square are getting attacked.
Hit & Runs, chud assaults, mass arrests, snatchings, wanton police brutality. These are the norm at protests now whether they be "peaceful" or not. The distinction between such events is no longer meaningful. There's no safe protests anymore in the US. That requires an update
In NYC for example, actions have been successful when the street youth engage en masse. There's no black bloc but rather hoodie bloc, a type of casual wear that still obscures identity but doesn't make you stick out like a ninja strutting down 5th ave.
COVID got folks wearing masks already. It wasn't that much of leap to have a spontaneous bloc of just everyday people form in such a way. Arrests & post-action repression have been less at these actions compared to the distinct black bloc actions & the large liberal gatherings
so yeah, that's my critique. Its been 12 years, that shit was written for the antiglobe era. Things have developed differently that requires a reassessment of the principles or even a establishing of new ones. Some food for thought.

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