I’ve grown to love many of the people I’ve gotten to know through the occupy movement. Nearly everyone I’ve met has given extraordinary thought to their involvement and so many people are completely dedicated to some serious social change. It’s a wonderful thing to be part of and it’s really unfortunate that more people haven’t felt the need to get involved yet. I’m not sure what’s holding them back aside from fear.
We can’t let history repeat itself.
As the saying from Germany during the 2nd world war went: “First they came for the Communists but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out; Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists but I was not one of them, so I did not speak out;
Then they came for the Jews but I was not Jewish so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.”
They haven’t come for me yet, and even if they did – I don’t have anything to give them. Can’t get blood from a stone. And so I’m dedicated to speaking up for people who have already lost their house or their savings in this crisis. And I’m dedicated to speaking up for my fellow occupiers that have been the subject of police abuse. No one can possibly justify police violence and come off looking like a sane person.
I hope Oakland residents understand how out of control the police have become. When you step back and look at the history of this movement so far, the occupiers have been incredibly passive. Or at least they’ve been passive compared to what’s going on in Syria right now. The community gave the movement so much love early on; I think it’s time to see who really wants to see the change to society that we so desperately need.
But it seems clear that Oakland is running out of patience with the occupiers.
So I would like to suggest that the occupiers move northeast into Piedmont. Here are ten good reasons to do so.
1. The 1% lives there.
2. Oakland city hall will stop sicking police on the occupiers since it’s out of their jurisdiction (we can work on language to deter any sort of mutual aid).
3. Occupiers will have to deal only with Piedmont police.
4. Piedmont police force is puny compared to Oakland’s force.
5. Piedmont is a place where we could begin doing wealth addiction interventions with families and provide lectures against consumerism and promote the values of anarchism.
6. If done the right way, we could fundraise to rent the Kaiser Auditorium from Oakland City to use it as social center.
7. If done properly, we could garner major support from Oakland citizens with this kind of action.
8. If done right, we could garner major support from Piedmont citizens.
9. Clearly occupy Oakland needs to try some different tactics.
10. It would be a good example to other occupations around the country and world.
I wish that I had the time to pitch this idea to the General Assembly, but unfortunately my schedule has me pre-occupied during them. I hope that this idea can work its way over there from someone or another. Otherwise I’ll have to try to squeeze in the time to make the proposal.