I have thoughts
(Don’t worry, that wasn’t my actual answer.)
I’ll be honest with you. I hate war in all its forms: physical, psychological, spiritual, emotional, environmental. I hate war, and I hate having to struggle…I wish I had been born into a world where it’s unnecessary. This context of struggle and being a warrior and being a struggler has been forced on me by oppression. Otherwise I would be a sculptor, or a gardener, a carpenter…I would be free to be so much more. I guess part of me or a part of who I am, a part of what I do is being a warrior, a reluctant warrior, a reluctant struggler. But I do it because I’m committed to life. We can’t avoid it, we can’t run away from it, because to do that is to be cowardice. To do that is to be subservient to devils, subservient to evil. And so that the only way to live on this planet with any human dignity at the moment is to struggle.Assata Shakur (via nuanced-subversion)
food should be free. water should be free. housing should be free. power, fuel, electricity should be free. basic necessities should be free.
the idea of “people should have to work for a living” carries the implication that some people deserve to die
“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness—and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe. The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling—their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability. Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them. Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”
―Arundhati Roy, World Social Forum, Porto Alegre, 2003
i need ferguson to go down in history books. i need school children in the year 2074 to learn about michael brown being shot on august 9th, 2014 by officer darren wilson. i need this to spark a movement. this can not lose the focus of society a mere month after it happened.
Who’s reading social-justice WTNV analysis at one in the morning, for an Actual Academic Assignment? Certainly not me. No, not at all. What are you talking about?
No, Lane art-and-barricades, you are not allowed to run around campus shouting, “Multiple cities in the USA have no water and racist police are murdering several people per week and we are dependent upon a system that exploits the global working class and climate change is a thing so WHERE ARE THE BARRICADES!?” because that is not how you make friends at college.
Update: this is actually the best way to make friends at college.
Students show solidarity by helping Columbia rape survivor carry her mattress
September 12, 2014
Responding to the call to “carry the weight together,” fellow students helped Emma Sulkowicz, the Columbia senior who is lugging her mattress everywhere while her rapist remains on campus, carry it from the courtyard to her class yesterday.
The collective carry was organized by students and alumni who want ”to help Emma carry the weight of the physical mattress, give her and other survivors of sexual assault in our community a powerful symbol of our support and solidarity, and show the administration that we stand united in demanding better policies designed to end sexual violence and rape culture on campus.”
As Alexandra wrote, the idea of “carrying the weight together” holds much symbolic resonance — not just as a way of lightening the burden on survivors but also by highlighting the collective sacrifice required to eliminate it. “If we all helped carry the weight of injustice, we could not bear it,” she wrote. “And so we would finally stop tolerating what we’ve been content to force others to carry alone.” And it makes a damn powerful visual too.