Our Occupy Guitarmy call to arms! Bring your guitar, string instrument, voice, and/or shakers to Bryant Park on May 1, 2012 at noon. We’ll teach you songs, get you all together, and let you lead in a march to Union Square, where we will play together on stage with Tom Morello. Complete beginners and advanced musicians alike wanted and welcomed. See you soon.
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The extent to which dudes sag their pants in NYC reminds me of Marx’s point that history does, in fact, repeat itself, but first as tragedy and then as farce. When I was younger sagging was ridiculous (but don’t get me wrong, I was all about it) but at least our pants were above our asses. Now this shit is just comical.
Have you been to occupy wall st?
Yes, I went for the first day, then briefly again at the culmination of the justice for Troy Davis march last Thursday, then again yesterday. I have mixed feelings about the movement, though generally I think it is positive and something that communists should attempt to relate to. My problems with it are as follows:
- Lack of leadership and organization. In order to do anything, it seems to require an hours-long general assembly. This also prevents them from moving quickly and undertaking surprise actions, because all options have to be announced publicly before a decision is made.
- Low basis of political unity. Because there is no leadership and making decisions requires consensus or a large majority, positions often depend on the lowest common denominator, meaning that the weakest politics control the direction of the movement as a whole. It is a problem that, two weeks in, the Ron Paul and Zeitgeist types still feel like they have a place there.
- Neglect of the issues of people of color in the city. In a place such as New York where its Black and Brown residents face constant police harassment, the conciliatory attitude toward the cops that they are “one of us” rings hollow to many that know better. This is reflected in the overwhelming-whiteness of the crowd in a majority POC city.
- Neglect of imperialism and how it relates to the U.S. economy. Because of the general liberalism of the crowd, wars are often boiled down to merely a moral outrage with no analysis, or a dislike of them because they drain resources from more important economic concerns. It doesn’t generally look at how U.S. capitalism actually requires war and conquest in order to provide us a relatively-decent standard of living while maintaining the institution of private property, and consequently doesn’t understand that even talking about things like free college education under a somewhat-more-benign capitalism is predicated on the United States maintaining its privileged position in the global economy.
Anyway, just some thoughts. I think it is a good sign that people in this country are finally waking up, I’m simply wary of this movement’s inherent limitations. It’s part of a learning process for the people, and I hope that they will depart this experience with a clearer understanding of what needs to be done. Obviously it’s a diverse movement, and there are many who realize that we can’t reform capitalism to our liking and that the police are not going to be our friends, so I can’t speak in reference to everyone, only the general character.
I plan on going down again today. March at 3PM, hopefully I can get myself down there by then.
I was here at Riverside Church yesterday with Tumblr’s own costapobre and the revolutionary people of New York, sending our energy and prayers to Comandante Hugo Chavez in his recovery from cancer. It was a beautiful celebration of life and the brotherhood of humanity, incredibly cathartic.
If you’re in NYC I urge you to come through to this, normally I’m not big on protest hopping but I think we need a good crowd of angry people at this one.
After halting his execution in a last minute reprieve on Wednesday night, the Supreme Court of the United States refused to consider Troy Davis’s request for a stay of execution.
He was murdered by the state of Georgia, a little after 11 pm, Wednesday night.
Hundreds turned out in Harlem on Wednesday before the final decision came in. We vowed that we would rally tomorrow in Union Square at 5.
For everyone who is heart-broken…
For everyone who is outraged…
For everyone who has been touched by Troy’s case…
Troy may be lost but his fight goes on. FORWARD THIS MESSAGE, and don’t let his state-sanctioned murder pass in silence.
“We Are All Troy Davis”
Join the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, New York, on Facebook:
A letter from Troy Davis:
I want to thank all of you for your efforts and dedication to Human Rights and Human Kindness, in the past year I have experienced such emotion, joy, sadness and never ending faith. It is because of all of you that I am alive today, as I look at my sister Martina I am marveled by the love she has for me and of course I worry about her and her health, but as she tells me she is the eldest and she will not back down from this fight to save my life and prove to the world that I am innocent of this terrible crime.
As I look at my mail from across the globe, from places I have never ever dreamed I would know about and people speaking languages and expressing cultures and religions I could only hope to one day see first hand. I am humbled by the emotion that fills my heart with overwhelming, overflowing Joy. I can’t even explain the insurgence of emotion I feel when I try to express the strength I draw from you all, it compounds my faith and it shows me yet again that this is not a case about the death penalty, this is not a case about Troy Davis, this is a case about Justice and the Human Spirit to see Justice prevail.
I cannot answer all of your letters but I do read them all, I cannot see you all but I can imagine your faces, I cannot hear you speak but your letters take me to the far reaches of the world, I cannot touch you physically but I feel your warmth everyday I exist.
So Thank you and remember I am in a place where execution can only destroy your physical form but because of my faith in God, my family and all of you I have been spiritually free for some time and no matter what happens in the days, weeks to come, this Movement to end the death penalty, to seek true justice, to expose a system that fails to protect the innocent must be accelerated. There are so many more Troy Davis’. This fight to end the death penalty is not won or lost through me but through our strength to move forward and save every innocent person in captivity around the globe. We need to dismantle this Unjust system city by city, state by state and country by country.
I can’t wait to Stand with you, no matter if that is in physical or spiritual form, I will one day be announcing,
“I AM TROY DAVIS, and I AM FREE!”
Never Stop Fighting for Justice and We will Win!
Some comrades and I last week, minutes after forming the “Ad Hoc Coalition Against Obama on the West Side Highway,” and minutes before it was dissolved.
Context: The POTUS was visiting NYC and the pigs closed down the WSH in preparation. Luckily, the Brecht Forum is located on the WSH and we had enough notice to make an epic sign.