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The Republican National Convention is going on right now in New York City (September 1 2004). I live in the middle of New York so I pay attention to what's going on. One interesting service I ran across is a text-message distribution website called upoc.com. Once you sign up for a group on the upoc website, messages sent by anyone in the group show up on everyone else's phone. I joined a group called "Ruckus RNC" that protesters used to communicate, and on Tuesday night I spent the evening skateboarding around NYC and checking out protests. All the while, I was receiving updates on my phone about what was going on.
I found these messages fascinating, and thought it would be good to archive them here. So here you go, the RNC protest messages from the evening of 8/31/04. These messages were sent between about 4pm and 9pm that night.
[Fr:TextAlerts]To:rnc area hot from 27th and park to 28th and bwy arrests et al [Fr:TextAlerts]To:rnc large police presence entering herald square from south [Fr:TextAlerts]To:rnc police planning on penning in all protesters at herald square and arresting: only exits thr the south and subway [Fr:TextAlerts]To:rnc Everyone in streets at 34th st and 6th ave being arrested [Fr:TextAlerts]To:rnc 16th betw irving and union sq people being beaten by police [Fr:TextAlerts]To:rnc 28th and bwy herald sq union sq madison sq pk all ocnfrontation and police activity at all locs [Fr:TextAlerts]To:rnc 16th and 34th people being beaten while in handcuffs