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Work 4 Peace,Hold All Life Sacred,Eliminate Violence! For now, I’ve returned from my Joiyssey to participate in the "revolution":I’ve been at many Occupy sites across the country:1st in D.C. Freedom Plaza I faced & challenged racism/white supremacy, sexism/patriarchy, classism, heterosexism & eventually was kicked off the island; then I offered workshops as I drove to CA:“Anti-Racism Geared for White Occupiers”; “NO DRONES” "Successes and Pitfalls of OWS"

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Occupy Tyler Texas - to be continued

More fabulous womyn working their hardest in Tyler Texas!

I reconnect with two womyn who were in D.C. - womyn that Des asked me to ask them to put down their "Ron Paul" signs while representing CodePINK at an action we were doing. I did ask them and they very wonderfully complied.

And here they are in the park filled with hostile, mostly white Texans who want to party, barbeque and not care about what else is going on outside their little worlds!

STRIKE Dec 12th! SHUT DOWN the West Coast!

Union "leaders", i.e. those in top level paid positions, have not supported any 'strike' since the beginning with our invasion of afghanistan up to and including nov 2nd, 2011.
 
I think we MUST keep in mind the utterly pervasive, extremely detrimental divide-and-conquer tactics of those in power who keep us separated, fighting against each other, and our interests negated at best.

It does not matter if the union 'leadership' - or the ALC - is supporting the strike or not. The important thing is that this action happens, and happens in the biggest, best way we can make it happen.

The eyes of all occupiers, media, and all folks fighting for the end of wars, the end of disparity of resources, the end of the military and prison industrial complex, are watching the west coast, waiting to see how many people are more concerned about the above then they are about continuing business as usual.

Isn't that the bottom line of any protest? Is to STOP BUSINESS AS USUAL, and say "NO, we will NOT tolerate another day of killing another human being", or another day of suffering of another human being?

It is never the people following their conscience and attempting to right wrongs that cause "loss of jobs", or "economic hardships". It is the intention of our forefathers in the creation of this country and every one of it's institutions to ensure certain people have jobs that pay certain wages, while others work enslaved.

It is the SYSTEM that causes job loss and economic hardships. We have to be vigilant and informed about the tools of the system, and guard with all our might and awareness against those tools, especially divide-and-conquer!