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somepolitics:

cartoonpolitics:

“Very few protest  movements enjoy perfect clarity about tactics or  command widespread  support when they begin; they’re designed to spark  conversation, raise  awareness, attract others to the cause, and build  those structural  planks as they grow and develop.  Dismissing these  incipient  protests because they lack fully developed, sophisticated   professionalization is akin to pronouncing a three-year-old child   worthless because he can’t read Schopenhauer: those who are  actually  interested in helping it develop will work toward improving  those  deficiencies, not harp on them in order to belittle its worth.” ~ Glenn Greenwald

This quote is perfect.

somepolitics:

cartoonpolitics:

“Very few protest movements enjoy perfect clarity about tactics or command widespread support when they begin; they’re designed to spark conversation, raise awareness, attract others to the cause, and build those structural planks as they grow and develop.  Dismissing these incipient protests because they lack fully developed, sophisticated professionalization is akin to pronouncing a three-year-old child worthless because he can’t read Schopenhauer: those who are actually interested in helping it develop will work toward improving those deficiencies, not harp on them in order to belittle its worth.” ~ Glenn Greenwald

This quote is perfect.

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austinkleon:

curiositycounts:

This Occupy Wall Street poster by longtime Radiohead artist Stanley Donwood says it all. Thought You Should See This has more. Plus, more on art and protest.

Filed under: Stanley Donwood

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readnfight:

This is a note I posted on facebook and shared with some people involved in Occupy New Haven and actions nearby. Hopefully folks here will start doing some critique (or else their shit is bound to implode).

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I have been holding on to these articles about race dynamics within Occupy…

You should click through to read this. There are some great resources at the bottom for anyone who has attended an Occupy event.

harvestxvx:

cuntymint:

Might already be posted, but colonialism is the core of our problems. When we hear “take back our nation/government” and “occupy” already occupied land, we’re really just different colonialists competing with or reforming another colonialist society. Attack colonialism, attack the problem at its core. 

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“I am Indigenous.
My people’s and my lands have been occupied illegally for decades by a government and society which tries to rob me of my identity and lands. They have attempted genocide on my people and culture in order to control, dominate, and exploit my lands for profit in order to fund their attempt to control, dominate, and exploit the human species.
My people have a suicide rate 10 times the national average. My people make up 40% of the prisoners incarcerated and only 3% of the population in what is now called canada. Over 100 communities of my fellow Indigenous people in canada can’t drink the water that comes from their taps because it is toxic.
I am subjected to racism and stereotyped as being lazy, stupid, inferior, ungrateful, hostile, drunk, don’t pay taxes, and I get everything given to me.
My lands are being occupied by a public which largely remains ignorant or silent about the injustice I live with every moment of every day. I am silenced or minimized in the “occupy” movement frequently as my issues of injustice transcend mere financial concerns.

I am Indigenous and I am the ‘un-%’ “

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kibbsy:

oh snap, janeanger is all over the internet with her rad occupyphilly sign!

Whoop, whoop. That’s me.

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fuckyeahfeminists:

Trigger warning. The entire blog post is all sorts of fucked up.

Steven Greenstreet is the dude behind the Hot Chicks of Occupy Wall Street tumblr and video. That video has gotten a lot of attention — a lot of women and some dudes have been like “well this is fucked up,” and then some other dudes have been like “I don’t see what the big deal is, boys will be boys and what’s wrong with wanting to meet attractive women at a protest?”

And like I said in my initial post, the deflecting from legitimate concerns, and the fact that the OWS “public” includes a lot of men who think it’s ok to treat women at a protest like we’re there for their visual fulfillment, troubles me. No one is saying, “Don’t find women attractive.” I actually like hot chicks too! No one is saying “Don’t meet hot people at a protest.” People meet people in all kinds of social settings, and that’s great. I met a past boyfriend at a liberal blog conference. Meet away, I say. No one is objecting to dating or hooking up or meeting women or meeting men. No one is objecting to the fact that straight men are attracted to some women (fun fact: straight women are also attracted to some men! So really, no one is pissed about attraction, I promise).

Also - beware of the comments section. Defenders of Greenstreet showed up in droves.

friendopportunity:

adailyriot:

I have yet to feel connected to the Occupy Wall Street movement, or even the Occupy Boston movement happening here in my backyard. I consider myself an activist, an at-times radical, and I clearly feel passionately about advocating for voices unheard and on the margins. But, Occupy Wall Street hasn’t appealed to me. There has been a lot of coverage as to why people of color, and Natives in particular, are having mixed emotions about this whole movement—and I agree with a lot of those sentiments. But I even have issues with the language and images being used to represent the Nativepresence in the movement. I’m not easily pleased, apparently.


Jess Yee (who I’m obsessed with) wrote a fabulous piece for Racialicious pointing out the inherent issues with calling the movements “Occupy….”, namely, that, oh, these lands are ALREADY OCCUPIED and sites of ongoing colonialism. She quotes John Paul Montano, an Anishinabe writer and his open letter to the “occupiers”:
I hope you would make mention of the fact that the very land upon which you are protesting does not belong to you – that you are guests upon that stolen indigenous land. I had hoped mention would be made of the indigenous nation whose land that is. I had hoped that you would address the centuries-long history that we indigenous peoples of this continent have endured being subject to the countless ‘-isms’ of do-gooders claiming to be building a “more just society,” a “better world,” a “land of freedom” on top of our indigenous societies, on our indigenous lands, while destroying and/or ignoring our ways of life. I had hoped that you would acknowledge that, since you are settlers on indigenous land, you need and want our indigenous consent to your building anything on our land – never mind an entire society.
I agree completely. But, being the person that I am, I also feel the need to deconstruct images and language—I’ve got a critical filter that can’t be turned off. So let’s look at the image above, the one that’s being widely used to “complicate” the Occupy Wall Street narrative. 
This image (which I can’t find the original source for, so please send it over if anyone knows), was shared far and wide on Facebook, and even made it to the Indian Country Today article that quotes Jess’s piece. From my ventures around the internets, this seems to be “the” image used to push back on the narratives of colonialism in the OWS movement.

But, in my opinion, this image only serves to further stereotype Native people and present mis-information about the land which is currently being double-occupied. We’ve got the red and black motif, the Edward Curtis stoic Indian warrior with the eagle feather and buckskin—who’s clearly from a Plains community, with a buffalo, an arrowhead, and a red power fist. Reads like a list of “10 things to include to make it recognizably Indian.” 

Yes it acknowledges Wall St. is on “occupied Algonquin land”—but one problem: Manhattan is Lenape land. So we’ve got the stereotypical Plains imagery to represent a movement that is taking place on the East Coast. Everyone already forgets that there are Nations and Indigenous Peoples in the East, and this just continues to marginalize and erase their ongoing presence in their homelands.

Luckily, I’ve come across some posters that do a better job at representing the issue:


This at least has a Lenape woman (Jennie Bob, picture from 1915), and I like that the message is clear at the bottom: “Occupied since 1625”—because, let’s be honest, I really don’t think a lot of non-Native people even know what “decolonize” means, which makes it easier for them to dismiss the underlying issues. But, it’s still a historic photo, which could be argued puts the issue in the past. I still like it way more than the original (again, if you know the source, let me know).

 
This poster comes from Oakland, and I like the juxtaposition of the current Oakland skyline with the Ohlone tribal member. No Plains warrior here. 

I want to end with pointing out that not all of the “Occupy” movements have marginalized Native peoples and ignored legacies of colonialism. Occupy Denver has taken a bold stance, incorporating a 10 point platform from the Denver American Indian Movementinto the overall message of the movement. The points can be read in full here, but here is an expert from the intro:
 If this movement is serious about confronting the foundational assumptions of the current U.S. system, then it must begin by addressing the original crimes of the U.S. colonizing system against indigenous nations. Without addressing justice for indigenous peoples, there can never be a genuine movement for justice and equality in the United States. Toward that end, we challenge Occupy Denver to take the lead, and to be the first “Occupy” city to integrate into its philosophy, a set of values that respects the rights of indigenous peoples, and that recognizes the importance of employing indigenous visions and models in restoring environmental, social, cultural, economic and political health to our homeland.
Lulululu’s to that.  If every “Occupy” City began with that foundation, I sure as heck would be out there with my signs and warrior-activist attitude. But you know I’d be breaking up some faux-“Indian” drum groups along the way. Appreciation without appropriation, folks! geez. 

So what do you think? Is it more important to disrupt the narrative with images that non-Native folks already recognize and resonate with? or are the images like the “Decolonize” poster doing more harm than good? And what do you think about Occupy Denver?

Awesome articles you should read:

Racialicous: Decolonization and Occupy Wall Street
Racialicous: Occupy Wall Street: The Game of Colonialism (Jessica Yee’s article)
John Paul Montano: An Open Letter to the Occupy Wall Street Protesters 
Unsettling America: Decolonize Wall Street 
Tequila Sovereign: Manna-hata (Info about the Lenape history of Manhattan)
Indian Country Today: Indians Counter Occupy Wall Street Movement with Decolonize Wall Street
Indian Country Today: Why I’m Occupying Wall Street
Press TV: Indigenizing Occupy Wall Street (about Occupy Denver)
Occupy Denver: An Indigenous Platform for Occupy Denver (AIM’s 10 Points)

(Thanks to Kannon, who was the first one to point out to me that the Decolonize Wall Street poster was problematic.)

dang.

brownroundboi is always providing the information I want/need without knowing I want/need it. This is something I have been thinking about — more people need to do so. I have seen some inklings of acknowledging the Native population at Occupy Philadelphia, but no where near as robust thought at mentioned here. I am going to read up.

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Understand that the police and laws are part of a system that is anti-poor, anti-women, anti-people of colour, anti-queer, and anti-people with disabilities. Understand that to truly be free, to truly do what you are trying to do, which is resisting the laws that allow some to be rich and powerful and for the rest to live at their mercy, you must resist racism, sexism, classism, homophobia and disableism. You must resist the very structure every one of these laws is based on — you must resist colonialism.

Understand that to truly be free, to truly include the entire 99 per cent, you have to say today, and say every day: We will leave no one behind. We will leave no one in jail. We will leave no one in the clutches of immigration enforcement. We will leave no one when they are strong. We will leave no one when they are weak. We will support the decisions people make, to do whatever they feel necessary to survive and to resist. We will support those that fight in the courts, and we will support those that fight in the streets.

- Syed Hussan in #OccupyTogether in the age of conspiracy | rabble.ca

now this is a rallying cry i can get behind.

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afternoonsnoozebutton:

Oh Rush, you piece of shit.

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occupyphiladelphia:

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