[lbo-talk] Occupy the hood revisit

shag carpet bomb shag at cleandraws.com
Thu Dec 15 14:22:07 PST 2011

I see that the official OWS just pushed out a big blast related to an initiative to create a number of actions around MLK Day and the anniversary of his death. It's interesting because, way back in late September, I heard talk (around here) of getting things fired up in the churches. There was much excitement, then - poof! - nothing.


I watched the video, without sound, and found it problematic.

<> My slant was merely that resentment runs deep and that looking at <> things from the bottom up offers a somewhat different view. Consider <> the public worker saga in wisconsiana. These people sought all this <> "we are your neighbors" sentimental support and "this is OUR civil <> rights movement/moment" talk abounded. Yet from the bottom up these <> are the same people who staff the punitive/vindictive social services <> systems (education,health,corrections,welfare,childcare, law <> enforcement) which decimate or at least oppress the black community <> daily. Until there is more than opportunistic solidarity coming from <> these folks and by extension ows-ers, one has a hard time seeing why <> we need all get with the occupy program on its current terms. Don't <> get me wrong, I'm all for a true anti-capital orientation, I'm just <> not sure this manifestation of ows is heading there over the long <> sweep. Paraphrasing gary younge, race (and gender) might not be the <> best place to finish, but it's not a bad! <> place to begin when considering present reality and what is. <> Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T <> <> ___________________________________ <> http://mailman.lbo-talk.org/mailman/listinfo/lbo-talk <>

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