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16 Chicagoans traveled to Quebec for the anti-FTAA protests, 15 were arrested. 7 Chicagoans traveled to Buffalo, NY for solidarity border actions to help plan successful civil disobedience.
16 Chicagoans traveled to Quebec, 15 arrested...

First of all, let me give you some news from the 16 people who drove up to
Quebec this weekend. They made it through the border at Detroit with no
problem. From there, they went to Montreal and I received a short email
from one. The Buffalo group did not have any other contact from them. We
received a call late last night on hte drive back to Chicago from the
mother of one of the members and apparently all except one members are
being detained in Canada until the protests are over. They did not make it
to the protests, they were found with anti-FTAA paraphrenalia. The wife of
another member says she received a call from the member and the police are
treating them well and they have ok accomodations. They should be released
today if they weren't already last night. We will keep you posted as new
information comes in.


7 Chicagoans traveled to Buffalo, successful civil disobedience...

The Buffalo group had a fun and productive time. Buffalo is a city in
which you can see the obvious effects of NAFTA. The CIA (Chicago In
Action) represented Chicago quite well I must say and helped plan the
civil disobedience march across the Peace Bridge into Canada. We were
stopped by riot police of course, but we did shut down the bridge for 3
hours. The police had tear gas, but did not use it. Part of the march
included us dressing up as dollar bills and asking the police to cross the
bridge because capital is allowed to freely cross borders. They looked at
us like we were on crack. :) It was awesome. One person got arrested but
we sat down on the street and didn't move until they gave him back. Even the local media expressed disbelief that the cops released him. The vibe from the community was good, and we felt like we were doing a good thing for Buffalo and for all those affected by trade agreements that rank profits over people.
 
 

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