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firesandwords:

troubledsigh:

readnfight:

Who’s down?? Fuck this noise about reclaiming (black) neighborhoods for the (white) masses. Fuck this noise about flying the 13 colonies flag at the occupation (srsly white people are saying this on the facebook page).

the fucking 13 colonies flag? the fuck?

heres a more specific link to the exact thread in question. 

aaand, deleted. What? What are all us crazy people talking about? I don’t see any stupid rhetoric anymore. Except in the cache.

[EDIT] a bunch of people who argued some pretty simple reasons against this ALL GOT BLOCKED FROM THE OCCUPY NEW HAVEN FACEBOOK PAGE. FUCKING GREAT. THIS MOVEMENT IS FUCKED. OH BOY.

POCcupy New Haven

readnfight:

Who’s down?? Fuck this noise about reclaiming (black) neighborhoods for the (white) masses. Fuck this noise about flying the 13 colonies flag at the occupation (srsly white people are saying this on the facebook page).

the fucking 13 colonies flag? the fuck?

dahlias-y-rosas:

crankyindian:

What “Wall Street” and the U.S. has become — an imperial-colonial power over the world’s economics and the laws that protect it — is a direct legacy of the fraud and violence committed against Native nations.
Perhaps those who now claim to OCCUPY WALL STREET in the name of reforming America could remember their history and call it something else (see Racialicious’ post on the importance of language in opposition). Wall Street is, after all, already an occupied territory. As are all of U.S. land holdings in northern America, the Pacific, and the Caribbean.

Decolonize the opposition!

THANK YOU OMIGOD someone said what I didn’t have words to say. Replacing one occupation with another is NOT liberation!!!

chyeah.

A Protester’s Account of the Occupy Wall Street Brooklyn Bridge March

coffeeshakes:

I figured I should write down what happened today, before I forget or before too many stories get muddled together.

My friend, my partner, and I arrived at Zucotti Park around 3 for the march, which began quickly, after everyone shared various rules. (No violence, write the phone number for legal council on yr arm, etc, etc)

We marched through lower Manhattan, and no route was specified, but we were told to not pass the head of the crowd, which was carrying a banner. Cops stood by and kept us on the sidewalk.

Then I noticed we were approaching the Brooklyn Bridge.

Cops were ushering people onto the bridge, but as I noticed we were walking into the roadway, I started to get scared. We climbed over the fence onto the pedestrian bridge. The first half of the crowd continued on the road, while the second half continued on the pedestrian bridge. Cops were flanking both sides of the entrance to the bridge and there was no way to turn back. As we walked up the elevated pedestrian bridge, we heard cops call for backup and they drove 2 police vans backwards up the bridge to where the protesters were. They stopped traffic and then brought vans in from the other side as well and trapped the protesters.

We watched from above as people began climbing the cords and metal of the bridge to escape the cops. People on the pedestrian bridge were trying to pull people up out of the roadway. 

We continued forward into Brooklyn as the cops brought a net onto the bridge from the Manhattan side. 

By the time we gathered into the park in Brooklyn, only a few hundred of us were left.

Cops began surrounding the park, and we all disbanded.

One of my friends was in the area where cops had people corralled. According to her Facebook updates and tweets, and other updates from trapped protesters, a child was arrested, and busses were brought in to arrest every single person. All of the men were taken first, and then all of the women.

They were told they were being arrested for disorderly conduct.

The police led them there and trapped them.

Please reblog this. People need to know what happened, and cops need to be held accountable for their actions.

readnfight:

Custer Died for Your Sins: ok, just so we’re clear

ziatroyano:

so-treu:

ayiman:

note-a-bear:

so-treu:

we know that V for Vendetta is a poor poor guide for organizing for long-lasting revolutionary change, right?

(i find it unsurprising that both #OccupyWallStreet and #anonymous both utilize them, both two “movements” that don’t seem to have spent much time…

The masks dont represent Guy Fawkes, or his cause.

The mask as used by Alan Moore in his comic book wasn’t a symbol used to express solidarity with a centuries-old sectarian struggle, the mask represents something known as ‘propaganda of the deed.’

Propaganda of the deed was the belief that symbolic revolutionary acts would inspire the masses to rise up against the prevailing order. In blowing up the English parliament, Fawkes hoped to inspire his fellow Catholics to rise against the reformation of the Church of England. Moore’s character V does the exact same thing, as does Anonymous.

Any questions?

no, but thank you for proving my point. “inspiring” people with “spectacle” so that THEY can then do the hard work of organizing is the extent to which these “movements” have thought about their own organizational strategy. and that is not how long lasting change occurs.

Boldness added. So-treu’s point is one that I haven’t learned enough to articulate as well, but that I’ve learned enough to see in practice. I think that’s what has mainly been bugging me when I hear people talk about general strikes or mass parties or “mass” anything. And the idea has bugged me when I’ve gone to union meetings about the recall elections in Wisconsin or about generating dues payments. Considerations are made for the media and/or for the election cycle, but actual organizing strategy never enters the conversation.

The way the masks were used in V for Vendetta the movie was one of the things that really really bothered me in how different it was from the book. I can’t honestly remember the book too clearly now, and don’t have a copy anymore. But I was mad that in the movie, there needed to be a physical symbol for people to revolt, and that it had to be started by an individual and trickle down to everyone else before they would think to revolt, rather than something that they inherently were compelled to do and had laid the groundwork for. It just seemed too much like something being started and led by an individual; this isn’t how it was in the book, but I can’t remember clearly how it did happen in the book.

So it kind of seems like Occupy Wall Street is a bit like the movie-version of the spreading of that idea, coming from an individual and with no groundwork or plan for what to do next. And that could be okay, but it is not likely sustainable.

What I’m interested in is finding ways that we can do movement building that is sustainable and diverse and that isn’t dependent on individual leaders. Cause leaders sell out, or are in it for themselves all along, or just otherwise drop the ball. I can’t do what Anonymous does, so if I want to get behind their movement I have to trust them to represent me; and yet they did some racist and gender-repressing shit over the BART protests.

I’m just trying to figure out what to make of Occupy Wall Street, without just being a hater. I want to see this diversify and last, and as has become my main measuring stick these days, I’m not too interested in it until it is relevant to, accountable to, and representative of my students.

^^^ Can I say just wow?

readnfight:

theafrosistuh:

“White america was shocked at what they saw police doing to Rodney King, Black America would have LOVED to have been shocked by what they saw police doing to Rodney King. But Black America only could have been shocked if what the police did to Rodney King was something completely alien to their community experience, something they couldnt imagine the police doing in their community.  There is a Rodney King everyday in this country and Black America has always known that.”

I’m shocked he said this on live, national television. 

Exactly. I keep trying to figure out what’s so surprising about the police response, the fact that they’ve pepper sprayed people unprovoked. Like I’ve said, I read that NYPD uses pepper spray pretty sparingly in general. The only thing I’m surprised about is that the police response has been relatively tame. Any amount of violence from the police (or really, existence of the police) is fucked up; but in many places it’s not surprising. In much of NYC, it’s not surprising.

props to this O’Donnell character. That was the point in that clip that caught my ear. But to me, proof that this shit is beyond systematic is the fact that a prominent white guy in a suit on national TV said something and still the large majority of people aren’t reacting. Liberal bias my ass.

The other day, white people in NYC experienced a taste of the NYPD brutality people of color live with every second, every minute, every hour

Son of Baldwin

yeah, pretty much. (via tinyfist)

kinda sums up some of my concerns about Occupy Wall Street. I hope white folks realize the privilege we have in calling this a revolution and not being mislabeled due to skin color, not being questioned as much as to if this is in fact a worthy and noble cause. I see a certain amount of white privilege in confronting cops. Though they do in fact oppress all of us, the more direct violence and negative consequnces hits lower class and person’s of color far harder.

(via sexxxisbeautiful)

Oh good, so I’m not the only one who isn’t shocked that the police used pepper spray on someone. Cause I don’t know about NYC, but the cops in the places I’ve lived have used it just as easily and often as they use words. And then tell us we’re lucky it wasn’t a gun.

(via readnfight)

i was listening to a radio show tonight and found out the only person facing major charges from occupywallst is a youth of color from the bronx. he came to the protests because his house had been foreclosed upon and his father recently lost his job and he had been forced into homelessness a few times- he had tangible reasons to oppose capitalism. he was attacked by police and charged with assault on a police officer when he shamed officers for slamming female protestors to the ground. i’m not able to find anything about this online, but most recent articles reference one person being arrested for APO. nevertheless, this is pretty typical situation most white folks on the left don’t feel comfortable acknowledging: a POC gets arrested for similar reasons being used to arrest other protestors, but gets the more serious charges.

(via firesandwords)

^^^^