“Governments [and corporations]
create all this fear. They have constituted themselves protectors of the people, and the people are no longer self-reliant but depend upon the Government and expect it to protect them… Throughout the World today, the direction of education is in the hands of Governments [and corporations].
The teaching given in the schools is controlled by them. The result is that there is no public opinion– that is to say no independent opinion
. What is called democracy is a democracy only in name. Everywhere people have the right to vote. Nevertheless, real [political & economic]
power remains in the hands of a few and it is assumed that whatever they do is right. They create “public opinion” and then take their stand upon it… The problems of the people should be solved by the people themselves in their own strength.”– Vinoba Bhave
Namaste beloved siblings satyagrahis citizens of the World!
May this message find you equanimous and fearless.
State Violence Against Children (in the UK and across the Planet)
As many of you might noticed, the ripples of insurgent learning
are all over our Pale Blue Pearl. The reaction of some administrations are particularly disturbing. With our fearless hearts full of love, let’s ride this violent wave and uncover the real interests of the totalitarianism of corporate capitalism death machine once and for all: a heartless system controlled by a few people willing to point guns at students
and to charge them with horses
for profit sake.
It is time to stop this madness with courage and love. The first step towards healing is to recognize the disease. Many of us are still in denial. This system is broken and we need a new one
that celebrates not mediocrity, submission and death but creativity, learning and life. Let’s use these stories to raise awareness among the “general public” and to persuade more “neutral” people to join our efforts to liberate public spaces
and transform public learning. Here are some articles I found useful to spread the word:
- This article from a fellow journalist caught in the middle of evident state violence against children.
- And a 7 minute video + article from the Guardian with a fearless satyagrahi making a stand around an “abandoned police van.”
It is clear to me, that the “abandoned patrols” are a setup to justify police violence. Do you remember how the huge AC Transit bus “got stuck” very conveniently in the middle of Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, during the March 4th civil disobedience actions? We creatively overcome the provocation and continued to walk on the streets towards Oakland and the FREEway. I also recognize that while violence is impractical and immoral, sometimes it is the only way some of us find to bring attention to a dramatic conflict that has been ignored. Or as sister Laurie puts it:
“I’m worried that today, those children feel like they’ve done something wrong, when they are, in fact, the only people in the country so far who’ve had the guts to stand up for what’s right.”
The challenge is: how to raise awareness of silly setups and state violence, without pacifying the conflict by discouraging those who have been willing to express their anger? Well, that’s the nonviolent (true) anarchist way: to channel all that energy toward constructive purposes–the new system we are co-creating–and to courageously step up for our collective dignity. As a very close brother said:
“Easy to condemn the violence of the students at Millbank, while accepting the violence of everyday life and economic slavery. LEARNING IS NOT A COMMODITY. The real vandalism is not a few Millbank windows broken but ~£9000 fees destroying the hopes of so many young people going to university.”
What if we use resources not to build nuclear weapons as the University of California does
, not to bailout the bankers with ~30 trillion dollars, not to build drones to kill human beings as if it were a video game, not to finance the wars in the parts of the Planet we call Iraq and Afghanistan with ~10 trillion dollars… what if we use all these resources to invest in public learning, health care, permaculture and restorative justice?
Police Harassment in Berkeley
One of the reasons I’m still around on this part of the Planet we call the U.S. is because I used the 4th & 5th amendments: our right to remain silent** (not to mention the unconditional love of dear family members calling Arpaio’s jail every single hour of the kidnap). We are not telling lies to jailers or police officers. We are choosing, respectfully, to not speak with them (at least until they leave that miserable job). It requires a certain level of inner strength to ask the agents to leave our homes –always putting human dignity first, for them and for us– but I encourage us all to practice. We did it in Arizona and, at some degree, it works. We practice with daily labor workers by using Popular Theater (ala UCMeP) to be ready for the occasion. We all might want to practice with our housemates/roommates. It gives us a power they cannot take from us. And it actually backfires at them. Ask for their names and ID numbers. Video tape them! Take pictures, so that next time they think twice before harassing students at their homes on Thanksgiving.
I’d be delighted to be part of some sort of Theater Street Mob + “Community Justice Team” to compassionately confront these agents with uncontrolled minds. It is time to put a fierce mirror on their face to let them see how ugly it is what they are doing.
What’s the alternative? For those of you around the Bay Area I invite you to do some research/work around UniTierra Califas
and the Autonomus University of the Mission…
Please let me know how I can be of service.
May all become compassionate, courageous and wise.
Undocumented and unafraid,
PS: ** After all, all those silent Mondays paid off… 😉