Finch: “What usually happens when people without guns stand up to people ‘with’ guns?”
from the movie, “V for Vendetta”
~ CenkUygur, of TheYoungTurks.com re the recent NYPD excessive brutality at the six month anniversary of the Occupy Movement.
This is a comment I wrote on Chris Hedges article,
We need a completely different strategy, one that does not give the Black Bloc an opportunity to interfere. We need to do something other than have confrontations with “Peace Officers”. Rallies, Marches, Staged Actions are a game that has been played out before. The police know how to play this game very well. They love a good challenge, and any opportunity to try out their fancy weaponry in the field, so engaging with them is always going to end badly - they have the weapons, there’s no way to win…and besides that, these sorts of confrontations accomplish nothing and are not the true focus of Occupy.
We were not drawn together to have confrontations with the police, we were drawn together by a common vision — the confrontations only came after they saw our peaceful, cooperative, incredibly ingenious and productive nonviolent movement, thriving in the most bizarre of conditions and they pictured the powerful potential of it, and decided that they had to break it up, muy pronto.
We were also not drawn together to camp out and have a party, nor to feed the homeless. All these things came later, and were not the vision that originally brought us together in the first place - the group ideals and goals that we all instinctively shared, when that small group first set up camp in Zuccotti Park, and said “we’re not leaving until things change” had little to do with a desire to engage with authorities. We were just wanting to be able to meet with our working groups, to try to figure out how to solve the world’s immense problems. The cops were a pesky distraction at first, but their attacks continued to escalate, until their demands became all-consuming, and unable to be ignored, and they were finally able to take down the encampments in most of the major cities.
But this was all a side issue compared to the job we all have at hand: healing the planet so that humans can survive on it in health and happiness.
In many cities, the Working Groups are still meeting, and GAs are being held, even without the encampments. I feel that everyone is waiting until Spring before we can determine our next moves.
I, myself would like to see the Occupy Movement do something really fantastic, unique and world-awakening this Earth Day. A real “Event for the Earth”. Like everyone turns off all of their electricity for one hour or doesn’t drive their car, or something really big, but not necessarily a rally, because again, I fear that confronting and engaging government will not fix our broken world, and rallies give the Black Bloc an environment to work in. We need to come up with more creative ways to change the way our world is (not) working. We need to rewrite the program, and give the world a restart.
The antics that the Black Bloc is engaging in will do nothing to change the composition of the air we breathe, or keep the purity of the seeds we plant, or protect our water from chemicals, our fields from radiation, or our oceans from oil spills, etc. etc. We have bigger fish to fry than confronting the police and fighting in the streets with hand-made shields and weapons…we have other, more sophisticated tools we can use to reform, affect and change our world for the better.
P.S. Here’s a tactic to combat the Black Bloc: NO MASKS ALLOWED at Occupy Marches, Actions or Rallies. PERIOD! NIce in theory, but when I actually picture it, I don’t know. What would happen? Who would be brave enough to enforce that rule? And how would the Occupiers get Consensus to make that rule in the first place, when there are provocateurs in the very GAs themselves?
Sigh…I don’t know, it was just a thought…