Sunday, March 18, 2012
March 17, 2012: Harbinger of the American Spring?
I've been in NYC on St. Patrick's Day. I've watched the parade stream by from grassy knolls in southeast Central Park. I watched the parade proudly march by just a short time before September 11th, 2001. Hundreds of the cops and firefighters in that parade died that September day.
I've also watched the partying crowds drift away from that parade. Hundreds and hundreds of young drunks, yelling at people, breaking windows and pissing into trash cans over-filled with liquor bottles.
When the cops intervened in those scenes, they didn't fucking go breaking heads through bank windows. They cajoled, elbowed or cuffed people, with an equal combination of firmness and professionalism.
Although other actions around the country have also recently been hassled by police, this was a peaceful, benign episode that was sternly broken up. Where the movement originated. There was an intended message here.
Sadly, the way this is turning, it won't be long before the cops kill somebody. We have to be ready to fight harder when that happens.
I covered the student demonstrations at the University of Washington after the Kent State killings for KRAB FM radio. People fought harder then nationwide, after demonstrators were killed by adjuncts of law enforcement. I truly hope we will do that when the inevitable happens again. With firm non-violent action.
The authorities will fight hard to keep us from communicating.
They will lose.
There have been several attempts by either the Obama administration or Democratic Party-affiliated organizations to suborn aspects of OWS, or to derail it when thwarted. The latest is the snide organization called The 99% Spring. As I predicted in January, they've managed to draw such luminaries as Bill McKibben into the borg.
Don't get sucked in.
99% Spring 2012 is as agitprop and phony as KONY 2012.
There'll be more Obama-supporting bullshit like this being rolled out as the Obama and DLC strategies try to work the social networks, etc.
Don't be fooled.
At the same time, the administration will be quietly backing legislation on the national and local levels that will try to disorganize us, make taking photographs of cops breaking the law illegal, and cutting off funding or media sources to the most outspoken of us.
They're fucked though unless they can get hired or coerced provocateurs to create violence, mayhem or worse.
Be peaceful. Be organized. Share the message. Share the love.
This will be The American Spring.
Thanks, firedoglake, for being such a key element in the survival of this movement through the winter.