its the notion of boycotts
you wanna know why the bus boycotts of the civil rights movement were so successful?
because an alternative black run transportation system was created for those who couldn’t walk to work or whatever they had to go
they didn’t just tell people “oh the bus enforces racist policies so don’t take it and FUCK if you can’t get to work on time or where you need to be!”
they said “hey you’re paying to get on the bus and not even being given a seat let alone being ejected if a white passenger needs your seat. here’s a potentially better alternative where you pay to sit down and get to where you need to go”
all this “boycott Target, Walmart, Monsanto owned companies” comes from a notion of boycott located in the politic of privileged white people
and that’s why they are largely unsuccessful
its why Obama just gave Monsanto the green light to commit even more fuckery to your food
its the reason why cooperation are considered people
its the reason why Walmart is allowed to usurp safety and labor regulations in their factories, and underpay their American workers
because you say “don’t spend your money there” and that’s the end of the story
you expect people to locate their survival in a politic of “abstaining from unethical choices”
and then from there those unethical choices are somehow supposed to magically disappear. when really only a small percentage of people are able to boycott so many things
there wouldn’t be a movement located around the “99%” if 99% of people could really afford to stop shopping at the unethical places and stop buying the unethical brands
good luck with your hocus pocus activist logic
— april 2013 communique from jason sutherlin of the tinley park 5 (via no-vvolf)
— Noam Chomsky, Imperial Ambitions, p. 39-40 (via sgandhi)
Palestine solidarity activists now have the backing and support of major civil rights and legal organizations if they are harassed, intimidated, singled out, or pressured to shut down activism campaigns across the US.
The Center for Constitutional Rights, in conjunction with the National Lawyers’ Guild and the Student Speech Working group coalition, has launched the Palestine Solidarity Legal Support Initiative (palestinelegalsupport.org) that is geared to “track incidents of repression and provide legal support to advocates facing legal and other challenges to their activism,” according to a press release.
The initiative urges Palestine solidarity activists to contact them to “request legal advice, to seek advocacy support, or to report incidents of repression” by going to the website, palestinelegalsupport.org, or calling them at (312) 212-0448.
Please contact us if you:
- Face attempts to shut down, smear or hamper your activism
- Believe your First Amendment rights to organize and protest have been violated
- Need legal advice about BDS or other campaigns
- Experience verbal or physical intimidation or assault
- Experience different treatment than other groups on campus
- Have questions about your rights to engage in activism
- We are tracking incidents of repression — big and small.
We will help answer your legal questions, refer you to partners around the country, and provide you with resources to inform your work.
For real. Occupy wants to get all over Idle No More, I guess they see it as sexy somehow? Or easily co-optable? (Won’t be.) Cause at least in my experience & many, many others, the LAST thing they wanted was POC voices, let alone POC leadership.
BREAKING NEWS: This morning Judge Gene Paul Kean of the 5th Circuit Court in Aberdeen, SD dismissed ALL charges in the trial against Brandon Taliaferro and Shirley Schwab. This is a huge victory for these two child advocates, who were targeted by the state for speaking out on behalf of sexually molested Lakota foster girls and accusing the DSS of protecting the abusive father. We are grateful to our research and investigative team, which helped expose the state’s actions in a special report last year. And we’re so grateful to our allies and supporters—especially those who made it to Aberdeen for the trial! You can read about Judge Kean’s decision here: http://lakota.cc/U8HK4c
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, War Talk (h/t Eman)
This is everything.
This is everything this is everything this is everything we mean when we say friendship is political and storytelling and listening and teaching are political. Reclaiming space little by little through small acts of creativity and love in order to spark resistance
“intellectualism” kind of turns me off. it’s like the $50 vocabulary only serves fellow “intellectuals”…like they cloak their language in enough scholarly morse code that only they can understand it and muse about the world’s ill’s over tea. it makes me think you don’t really care about solutions, just sounding like you might know them. like you don’t care to translate your ideas into terminology the average person can really understand and take heed to….basically like the downtrodden are one big science experiment you observe from suburbia. that’s why something like”fight the power” still resonates more than all the essays in the world. after a certain point it’s just say what the fuck you mean, you’re not getting graded anymore.
300% agree. Most self-proclaimed intellectuals write/research only to inflate their own egos and feel “smart” to themselves and their equally intellectual peers. Creating change isn’t usually on their agenda. It’s like, what’s the point of acquiring all that knowledge if you’re not actually planning on going out in the world and using it for the betterment of others?
By Palestinian Queers for BDS
“As Palestinian Queers, we see the Queer movements as political in their nature; and ones that analyze the intersections between different struggles, evaluate relations of power and try to challenge them. We firmly believe that fighting for the rights of oppressed and marginalized queer minorities cannot be separated from fighting against all forms of oppression around the world This is evident in the proud history of the queer movement worldwide, which has joined numerous global socio-political struggles against manifestations of oppression, imperialism, injustice, and discrimination wherever they exist. In continuation to this proud history, we Palestinian Queer activists, call upon the LGBTQI communities around the globe to stand for justice in Palestine through adopting and implementing broad boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until the latter has ended its multi-tiered oppression of the Palestinian people, in line with the 2005 Palestinian civil society call for BDS ”
“Thus, we Palestinian queer activists call on Queer groups, organizations and individuals around the world to stand for justice and in the face of Israel’s pinkwashing efforts through joining the global campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it fully complies with international law, and ends its occupation, colonization and apartheid. We call on you to:
- Endorse the 2005 Palestinian civil society call for BDS, spread it in your Queer community.
- Reject all invitations to speak at and collaborate with Israeli universities and institutions, in accordance with the guidelines for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel set by PACBI 
- Campaign against all activities aiming to Pinkwash Israel’s crimes and oppression of the Palestinian people.
- Organize in your respective communities to initiate BDS campaigns, or join existing ones.”