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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"

Monday, January 09, 2012

Do you hear the war cries?

I'm becoming more and more alarmed not just at the military hawks cries for invading and conquering Iran, but that as an anti-war movement, we seem to be becoming more and more directed by and focused on the goals of Occupy, which does not have preventing or even ending war as it's mission, as it is supposedly ours.

I am not saying the goals of Occupy are not worthwhile or that it is a movement with the intentional goal of distracting us from putting our energy into fighting the horrific wars our country persists in waging in order to secure up to 60% of the world's resources for 4-5% of the world's population.

I am not saying Occupy intentionally set out to ensure we don't examine our current life styles and instead of demanding the 1% share with the middle class who is suddenly feeling threatened at least, deprived at the other end, we should be demanding the 1% pay reparations to the Indigenous, African-American, Mexican peoples of this country and the many people's of the world these resources were stolen from.

I don't want to wake up tomorrow and know that we have invaded Iran without knowing that I have at the very very least stood above a freeway or on a corner or at a busy shopping mall with the message "We will NOT tolerate another invasion" or something snappier and within the 7 second attention sound byte guaranteed to hold our fellow u.s. american's attention momentarily.

I know you must share my alarm. 

I suggest we meet at the MRS (marine recruiting station), 64 Shattuck Square, Berkeley, Wednesday, January 11th, noon, to determine what the hell we are going to do, no matter how feeble, how helpless, how exhausted we are.