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NYC RNC Protests: SMS Txt Comms Dispatch Log

NYC RNC Protests: SMS Comms Dispatch Log


From txtmob.com

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is an artifact of the Republican National Convention protests this week, a fascinating record of events as relayed to protestors via the mobile phone txt network. The messages originated from the 'comms_dispatch' group - sign up at txtmob.com. Thanks to Miles Thompson for drawing this to Scoop's attention – The Scoop Editor

The information is arranged chronologically…

19:40:52 Fri, Aug 27

neffy54

NYC Comms on the air for Critical Mass. Ride underway. Feedback to commsnyc@stealthisemail.com

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19:57:46 Fri, Aug 27

neffy54

Mass split in two N. on Madison @ 30th, and N. on 6th @ 35th

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20:38:36 Fri, Aug 27

neffy54

Mass split once more at 34th and 7th ave. 8:37

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20:42:58 Fri, Aug 27

neffy54

14th St. and 7th ave cops in riot gear getting into formation

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20:46:09 Fri, Aug 27

neffy54

7th blocked at 13th st. Arrests in progress.

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21:10:03 Fri, Aug 27

neffy54

There are reports of arrests throughout the East Village. Safe stop at St. Mark's church (12th St. 2nd Ave)

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21:23:25 Fri, Aug 27

neffy54

There is a group moving south down second ave @ st. marks pl.

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21:26:53 Fri, Aug 27

neffy54

Arrests in progress 2nd Ave btwn 14th and 10th streets.

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21:30:44 Fri, Aug 27

neffy54

Riot cops on 2nd Ave walking south at 13th St.

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21:37:21 Fri, Aug 27

neffy54

Arrests in progress at 2nd Av & 10th St.

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21:45:37 Fri, Aug 27

neffy54

Arrests at 35th St. btwn 9th & 10th

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21:53:49 Fri, Aug 27

neffy54

More arrests at 9th st. and 2nd ave.

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22:01:51 Fri, Aug 27

neffy54

Traffic btwn 8th St. and 14th St. East of 3rd Ave has been halted. Police have roped off area.

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22:53:08 Fri, Aug 27

neffy54

Arrests throughout the East Village and midtown estimates higher than 200. Information slow.

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11:17:31 Sun, Aug 29

neffy54

Good Morning! The NYC Comms list is up and running. Right now UFPJ march is still gathering, things r calm

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11:20:52 Sun, Aug 29

neffy54

Aprox 150 youth activists r marching in the street south on 5th ave @ 34 St

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11:38:46 Sun, Aug 29

neffy54

Counter-demonstrators marching south on 6th @ 27St, Aprox 200 with PD

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11:41:49 Sun, Aug 29

neffy54

UFPJ March has started!

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11:56:03 Sun, Aug 29

morgan

Police moving fast Westbound on 23 St toward the bike bloc

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12:05:25 Sun, Aug 29

morgan

At 34 St, a strong police line blocking people from heading north to the park.

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12:11:17 Sun, Aug 29

morgan

Bike Bloc is calling cyclists to regroup @ the South Side of Union Square

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12:35:07 Sun, Aug 29

morgan

UFPJ is requesting people enter the Assembly area from 5Ave or 9Ave as the area is very crowded

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12:38:06 Sun, Aug 29

morgan

Aprox 20 to 25 Bike Bloc-ers have been arrested, Bike Bloc is calling on cyclists to regroup at Union Sq South

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13:09:22 Sun, Aug 29

morgan

People are blocked from entering the assembly area from 14th St by PD. Best entry: 9 Ave or 5 Ave

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13:23:00 Sun, Aug 29

morgan

Front of UFPJ March has reached the end point, Union Sq: most people haven't left assembly area.

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14:34:26 Sun, Aug 29

morgan

Police are agressivly harrassing cyclists:several reports of ticketing and confiscations

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15:09:06 Sun, Aug 29

morgan

There is a 30' dragon float on fire on 7 Ave @ 34. Protesters can only get past on sidewalk.

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15:21:46 Sun, Aug 29

morgan

The 30' dragon fire on 7 ave and 34 has completely blocked 7 Ave, no protesters can get by at all.

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15:27:54 Sun, Aug 29

morgan

UFPJ march is moving again.

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15:51:05 Sun, Aug 29

morgan

Over 1000 protesters have gathered in Central Park, seems calm at this time.

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16:00:30 Sun, Aug 29

morgan

Police are not allowing bicycles to ride on the streets in the Times Square area.

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16:11:56 Sun, Aug 29

morgan

Update: police have closed 6 Ave and all streets west of 6ave from 34 St to 59 St to bicycles

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16:14:56 Sun, Aug 29

morgan

Kiss-in in progress! 5Ave @ 41 on the steps of the library

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16:23:38 Sun, Aug 29

morgan

The crowd on the Great lawn of Central Park is growing, police seem calm

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16:37:07 Sun, Aug 29

morgan

The Kiss-in is marching toward Times Square, and the mouse-bloc actions in that area are begining

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16:48:24 Sun, Aug 29

morgan

Times Up! and the Bike bloc are calling for documentation of harrassment of cyclists

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16:58:44 Sun, Aug 29

morgan

Police are cracking down on bikes west of 6 Ave from 34st to 57st...bike ban in effect

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17:07:11 Sun, Aug 29

morgan

Several groups have converged on Times Sq: Billionares, Kiss-in, and the Mouse Bloc.

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17:20:50 Sun, Aug 29

morgan

standoff between police and protesters at 46th and Broadway. also many people in central park- things are calm

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17:27:15 Sun, Aug 29

morgan

The end of the UFPJ march is arriving at Union Sq, stand-offs continue in Times S

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q 17:36:06 Sun, Aug 29

morgan

Police are using a net to detain a group of aprox 50 protesters in Times Sq.

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18:04:08 Sun, Aug 29

morgan

Mouse Bloc has called for a regrouping at 53st and Bway at 6:15 IFO Bombay Dreams

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18:23:12 Sun, Aug 29

morgan

mouse bloc regroup at Aida 42nd and 7th at 630

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18:25:56 Sun, Aug 29

morgan

mouse bloc regroup at 47 and 7 630pm

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18:32:09 Sun, Aug 29

morgan

46th and broadway netted off, arresets likely.

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19:38:36 Sun, Aug 29

morgan

30 arrests at 52 and broad

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19:47:26 Sun, Aug 29

morgan

RNC delagates are at the boathouse in Central Park, there are protesters outside

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20:04:21 Sun, Aug 29

morgan

police may arrest protesters at boathouse in Cen park

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20:27:43 Sun, Aug 29

morgan

NYC Comms is signing off for the night. Please send us feedback! commsnyc@stealthisemail.com

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12:08:31 Mon, Aug 30

morgan

Good Morning! NYC Comms is on the air for todays events!

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12:41:20 Mon, Aug 30

morgan

Still We Rise March has begun, front of march at 6 Ave and 15th St

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12:47:47 Mon, Aug 30

morgan

NYPD has stopped the permited Still We Rise march at 6 Ave and 15 St

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12:51:00 Mon, Aug 30

morgan

NYPD is blocking the Still We Rise march at both 5 Ave and 6 Ave

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13:07:49 Mon, Aug 30

morgan

NYPD is finally allowing Still We Rise to cross 6 Ave

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13:15:29 Mon, Aug 30

morgan

2PM today CODEPINK is calling for 1000 women to go to 72nd and Central Park West for an areal photo. Wear Pink

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13:23:15 Mon, Aug 30

morgan

Still We Rise march has turned north on 8th Ave and is moving smoothly

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13:33:15 Mon, Aug 30

morgan

people arrested yesterday have started to be arraigned and released from 100 centre street

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14:11:04 Mon, Aug 30

morgan

Still We Rise march has reached the end of the route at 30th St and 8th ave

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14:53:00 Mon, Aug 30

morgan

Still We Rise is rallying on 8th Ave atmosphere is good, people are allowed to come and go from the site

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15:23:17 Mon, Aug 30

morgan

reminder that the March For Our Lives is meeting at 4pm at 45st and 1st Ave

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15:58:26 Mon, Aug 30

morgan

The March for Our Lives is begining to gather at 47 St and 1 Ave

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16:23:49 Mon, Aug 30

morgan

March For our Lives still gathering at 45 st and 1 Ave, large police force in area

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17:19:33 Mon, Aug 30

morgan

The March for Our Lives organizers are negotiating a route with Police; protesters are still at 45 st and 1 Av

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17:45:44 Mon, Aug 30

morgan

March For our Lives has started- heading west on 47th St.

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17:53:36 Mon, Aug 30

morgan

March for our lives has turned South on 2nd AVE at 47th St.

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18:20:41 Mon, Aug 30

morgan

Proposed march route: south 2nd, west 23rd, north 8th Ave- police build up @34th to keep people going south

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18:45:07 Mon, Aug 30

morgan

front of march for our lives reached 2nd and 23rd, turning west on 23rd street

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19:08:33 Mon, Aug 30

morgan

Minor conflicts with police around Lex and 23, otherwise the march is going well

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19:26:25 Mon, Aug 30

morgan

Reports of arrests and other conflicts at 23 st and 5 ave, at least one injury

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19:41:21 Mon, Aug 30

morgan

The front of the March for Our Lives has turned North on 8 Ave

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19:50:42 Mon, Aug 30

morgan

The Police have agreed to allow a half hour rally in a pen at the end of the march

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19:59:31 Mon, Aug 30

morgan

Confrentations with police at 29 st 8 Ave, police set up barricades, protesters going over, arrests in progres

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20:03:17 Mon, Aug 30

morgan

Pepper spray and mounted police at 29 and 8, injury at 28 and 8

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20:08:36 Mon, Aug 30

morgan

North of 29 St, protesters blocked in on 8 Ave, South of 29 police are forcing everyone onto sidwalks and Sout

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20:11:32 Mon, Aug 30

morgan

Large numbers of police heading toward 29-28 and 8 ave from the south and east

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20:21:54 Mon, Aug 30

morgan

Police are slowly allowing the crowed to leave toward 7 ave on 29, 28, 27 sts in small groups only

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20:37:36 Mon, Aug 30

morgan

Police are still holding a large # of protesters on 8 Ave north of 29 St and not allowing them to leave

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20:45:26 Mon, Aug 30

morgan

29 and 8 Ave calming down, riot cops backing off, small groups starting to be allowed out, rally starting

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21:13:56 Mon, Aug 30

morgan

situation @ 29th and 8th is vary calm 100-200 people still in pen, people are allowed to exit.

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21:32:54 Mon, Aug 30

morgan

NYC Comms is signing off for the night. Please send us feedback! commsnyc@stealthisemail.com

(Note we will update this log later today….)

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