Over on n+1 there's a report out of Occupy Wall Street and the problems they've had with a group of drummers who've been irritating other protestors and city officials with the noise at all hours. Buried in a missive about the ongoing negotiations with the drummers is this blind item about a transgender woman (emphasis mine) who's bogging down the process so much that " the board's trust in the demonstrators to police themselves and keep their word may be broken beyond repair."
Unfortunately there is one individual who is NOT a drummer but who claims to speak for the drummers who has been a deeply disruptive force, attacking the drumming rep during the GA and derailing his proposal, and disrupting the community board meeting, as well as the OWS community relations meeting. She has also created strife and divisions within the POC caucus, calling many members who are not 'on her side' "Uncle Tom", "the 1%", "Barbie" "not Palestinian enough" "Wall Street politicians" "not black enough" "sell-outs", etc. People have been documenting her disruptions, and her campaign of misinformation, and instigations. She also has a documented history online of defamatory, divisive and disruptive behavior within the LGBT (esp. transgender) communities. Her disruptions have made it hard to have constructive conversations and productive resolutions to conflicts in a variety of forums in the past several days.
Gothamist, however, fills us in on who the "disruptive" woman is. You guessed it. Ashley Love.
Most everyone agreed that it should be limited to 2 hours a day, preferably from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. during rush hour. These were the terms agreed to by the committees and de facto OWS spokesman Han Shan. Yet the loud outbursts during the meeting by one woman were a portent: some drummers wouldn't be reasoned with.
This protester, who identifies herself as Ashley Love, shouted "four hours!" several times while CB 1 members were speaking, to the anger and frustration of her peers sitting around her. One tugged on her sleeve, pleading her to stop before creating another impasse.
Ashley has a history of vulgar and defamatory disruptions at LGBT or liberal conferences and gatherings - most recently after trying to get everyone pissed off at Don Lemon after she crashed a panel discussion he was moderating. Lemon tweeted later to trans folk angry after only seeing Ashley's severely edited version of the confrontation: "oh. u must've heard about unstable lady who crashed the panel. she kept attacking us for no reason. hope she gets some help."
At this year's Creating Change conference Ashley caused a scene during a panel discussion I was on after calling Mike Rogers "a liar" for saying that not "all trans women" were angry over the film Ticked Off Trannies With Knives and his statement that it is never possible to say "all" people for anything. She also referred to transgender women as "men who wear dresses" as versus transsexual women who've had gender reassignment surgery and followed Rogers around the conference flipping him off behind his back.
With friends like these...
Reports out of Occupy Wall Street say the police may try to force protestors out of Zuccotti Park over the drummers who won't respect other people's wishes for some quiet time. The drumming ended last night at 10:30pm and started again early this morning.