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Accounts of 3-29-01 NYC Local Advisory Board attempt to meet at WBAI

From the www.goodlight.net/wbai message board

LAB meeting @ 120 Wall Street 3/29/01.
From: Paul claydawg9@hotmail.com
Fri Mar 30 11:30:33 2001

I arrived at 120 Wall street at 5:45 PM yesterday, the scheduled start time for the listener group to assemble. About 40 people came out which probably is a good turnout considering the weather. Mimi arrived a few moments later and mingled with the crowd in her usual upbeat mood. She then warned us that the doors may be locked to the listeners as it had been done the last time the LAB tried to meet and urged everyone to remain calm.

Sometime after 6:00 PM, someone shouted "They're locking the doors!" and everyone turned and looked to see what was going on. Some of the custodians of the building had locked the revolving door in place from turning and were checking all personnel who were entering and exiting the premises. Behind us in the parking lot, a few police officers stationed themselves in the event the listeners made a bum's rush on the building.

Mimi then began handing out candles to everyone to "mourn the death of free speach" and a few speakers began to address the small gathering. I stuck around to hear Laura Flanders, Leslie Cagan and another woman speak and then had to leave to meet at another engagement.

My feeling on the events of last evening is that whenever you become afraid to meet with the people or must be "protected" from the people, something is wrong.


From the savewbai.tao.ca list

Brief report on the WBAI LAB meeting attempt tonight

Date sent: Thu, 29 Mar 2001 20:34:43 -0500
Subject: tonight at 120 Wall
From: christine karatnytsky christinekaratnytsky@juno.com

I hope you'll get fuller reports than mine, but I just wanted to check in to say that the public was locked out from the WBAI LAB mtg at 120 Wall Street. I arrived after 7PM as a spirited, well-attended protest rally, despite rain and the abnormally low temperature, was breaking up. Apparently, the police had been called to man the locked entrance, but no arrests were made. The rally was completely peaceful.


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