From: Juan Wilson of Kauai
I remember the demonstrations at 2004 Republican Convention in New York City. Both my kids were there and saw first hand the dark side of regulated demonstrations in designated areas behind concertina wire. See http://homepage.mac.com/juanwilson/islandbreath/13-justice/justice01NYGauntanimo.html for a Maui mother's account.
I have seen many demonstrations over the years. They seem to fall along a gradient of more intense resistance to authority.
Here are six levels of the gradient of resistance to an injustice.
1) legal, permitted, regulated demonstration in designated area
2) unpermitted, unregulated but legal public demonstration
3) nonviolent civil disobedience (willing to be arrested and take consequences of actions)
4) nonviolent illegal action (avoiding arrest and consequences)
5) resistant illegal action (unwilling to be arrested)
6) violent resistance (willing to use force against injustice)
I hope, for now, we and Maui can take a variety of actions that range between 1.25 and 3.25 on this scale. I am not looking for cracked heads, but enlightened ones.