Q for the anti-globalist set

My friend Natalie Jermijenko, a mad engineering prof who has invented such kickass nift as feral robot dogs is interviewed today on WorldChanging. Here's her talking about her role as "Q" for the anti-globalist set, designing mediagenic gizmos to take to demonstrations.

There are Italian and Spanish direct action groups, very well trained in direct action. They're doing marvelous actions using blow up pool toys, big happy smiley faces on the strike zones [parts of the body would be likely to be hit by police] so they can protect themselves. Putting pockets into these bright clownish costumes they wear, both mediagenic and highly visual, but also with room for putting in an empty two-liter soda container, with their tops on. These make good protection in the strike zone.

Nonviolent defense is a long tradition. Profoundly misplaced, but necessary. I wish our energies could be better spent. Nonetheless, their threat has to be answered. And systematically, we have to answer every threat of this abuse power, of criminalizing political process, the political right to gather with a nonviolent method.


(Thanks, Alex!)