Media Using Suspected Police Informants to Smear Tampa FNB & Occupy Activists

June 25, 2012
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As the days move closer to the Food Not Bombs World Gathering and the March on the Republican National Convention, mainstream media attention on the planning for these events in Tampa has significantly increased. However rather than focus on people who are facilitating the sharing of food for thousands of people or peaceful demonstrations, or speaking to those that can tell the public at large why resistance to the GOP agenda is so important, the media seems only capable of speaking to known agent saboteurs. In particular, the press has carried ink on more than one occasion in just the past couple of weeks from one Thomas Parisi, described in the press as a “spokesperson” for the Occupy movement, and described by fellow Occupiers as a violent drug addict and police informant. Many articles go as far as describing the arguments and conflicts that Parisi has been known for months for creating in Miami and Tampa as reasons why protestors are “struggling to maintain momentum.”

It’s gotten to the point that activists are starting to put together all of their data on Parisi to out him. So far the list includes arrests for heroin possession, videos of him intentionally disrupting Occupy Miami Assemblies, and even logged online attempts to apply for funding to be a police informant (!).

Parisi has also found a common ally in Al Suarez, another manipulative homeless activist who has been banned from several Occupy camps due to accusations of sexual assault. They now have their own false version of the Occupy the RNC website, much as Parisi did to disrupt Occupy Miami in 2011.

Occupy Tampa recently passed a declaration demanding that the press stop intentionally sourcing agent saboteurs such as Parisi when speaking about RNC activities.

Food Not Bombs shows its full support for the continued organization towards the Food Not Bombs Gathering and the demonstrations against the Republican National Convention, and fully commends activists’ diligence in combating the propaganda and disruptions created by the Florida police state and the mentally disturbed allies that are collaborating with them.

 

 

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3 Responses to Media Using Suspected Police Informants to Smear Tampa FNB & Occupy Activists

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  2. Keith McHenry on June 26, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Thanks so much for the details. I watched the Fox News report on Thomas Parisi and his youtube video. He follows a pattern we saw at many occupations such as Cleveland where a drug addict claims to be a leader, disrupts general assemblies, creates a facebook and interviews with the media in such a way as our movement is smeared. We might want to return to the practice or choosing our own media spokes people by consensus, organizing in affinity groups and maintaining our focus on the goals and message.
    In 2004 the FBI started a New York group called Anarchist Burrito that claimed the Food Not Bombs volunteers that proposed the World Gathering had never talked with New York Food Not Bombs. First a World Gathering can be organized by anyone in Food Not Bombs but as it turned out New York Food Not Bombs was involved in helping organize the gathering. The FBI raided several Food Not Bombs houses before the gathering and ABC News program 20/20 claimed we were anarchists coming to destroy New York City. So far things have not been so disrupted this time mostly because our local Florida Food Not Bombs chapters are doing so well at organizing.

  3. Robert Wakeley on June 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    This is truely a disgusting plan of action the media is executing. To think that our media is blatantly involved is disheartening. There are no TRUE jounalists workin g for mainstream media. I wonder if the ones that do work for them are COMPLETELY ashamed of what they’ve become. Lord knows they should be. Can we have an RT journalist embedded in our camps and at GA’s. It is my opinion that we need GA soundbites. The media has succeeded in making us look like a violent and ignorant movement. We need to remedy that with cold, hard facts.