Note: A rational response should be written to that dick statement concocted by liberals like the funders of the buses, Shen and whomever the fuck else. But that’s not where I’m at this week.
In order to board a bus to Chicago, you have to thank the rich 1%ers and their liberal cronies who are mostly unpopular within Occupy Wall Street but still creep among us, by signing this piece of shit.
Unfortunately, they don’t begin to know the meaning of solidarity. It doesn’t mean unity of purpose and strategy. It can mean alliance across wide sectors for a common cause. They completely ignored the Chicago Principles of OccupyChi. They used the word solidarity like a cliche and a buzzword, because liberals know more about marketing than coalition building.
There is no offer, from what I understand, to front the bill for bail for non-violent arrestees. There is no due process to determine if someone broke this Agreement. There is no offer of support to find a place to stay, to find a means of nutrition, but only a dependence on local Chicago organizers who have a different framework that isn’t beholden to fears of Black Bloc Boogiemen, or the fetishization of the nonviolence/violence false dichotomy.
And speaking of Due Process, on a day when a federal court found the NDAA of 2012 lacking in 6th Amendment protections, they didn’t define this terribly vague violence of fist, tongue, and heart. As one friend joked, “so no heartbreaking flings?” Does that mean no swearing? Or could it have possible meant no denouncing each other in the media, which is what real solidarity is about.
And there’s no humanity in it. The people who wrote this statement have not by and large been suffering from the PTSD of this system (and yes, I realize in the following I’m making a lot of assumptions for which I might need to eat my hat, but being poor, I’m used to that). They haven’t known the hunger or humiliatition or homelessness of poverty. They haven’t lost their jobs to automation or outsourcing and found no job but Wal-Mart greeter. They haven’t had their fourth amendment rights trampled for being a young brown man. They haven’t lost their families to the prison system. They haven’t lost cousins at US military checkpoints. They haven’t toured the bombed out areas of their homelands with their brown grandfathers. They haven’t suffered NATO wars or those of the white supremacist police state at home. (And yes, I know Shen’s self-promotional back story.)
What they did do was prop back up that Black Bloc Boogieman and instil wider fears that there are bigger threatswithinthe anti-war/counter-globalization/occupy movements than there are from the war machine and the police state. What they did do is delegitimize certain manifestations of struggle, outrage and indignation, and decide that there must be a play fair mentality with a system that does anything but. What they did was spit in the face to anyone who has undergone irrevocable damage at the hands of this system, and put the language of “the 99%” and “protesting NATO” at the face of it.
They made an avowed commitment to liberalism and to reject radicalism, right in the language of seeking “reconciliation” and some ephemeral “justice” rather than to “conquer and control,” the latter being their euphemism for being a part of the creationg of a better world on the ashes of the old. And then they had people sign that they will be stranded in Chicago if it is alleged that they violated the agreement.
And organizing a bus is not that much to be proud of. In Chicago, we did so tons of times to head to Washington, Minneapolis, Detroit, Benton Harbor, New York and elsewhere. It took some logistical work and fundraising, but there’s little a big institution like NNU gets to pat themselves on the back for. It woulda meant a lot more if they filled those buses with their members.
I’m not having a good week, so I’ll speak plainly. People who seek to enforce this law and order upon people in struggle are one of the cancers in occupy. To the few of you who are part of this and very well know what you are doing, go fuck yourselves.