We finally made it back to New York! The trip from North Carolina to Florida to New York was quite instructive on a number of fronts. First and foremost, we learned a lot about each other. Secondly, we learned a lot about the WVO (waste vegetable oil) system, thirdly, we learned a lot about this land we will be touring in earnest very soon. I expect we will continue learning these three lessons, and others, for our entire journey. The future is full of blank pages that we are eager to write upon. But at the moment a more immediate message is being written by the people of East Flatbush, New York City.
There is an uprising happening at this moment in East Flatbush, NYC. The NYPD shot 16-year old Kimani “Kiki” Gray in the back, and killed him. I have documented NYPD abuses toward Occupy Wall Street, women, the homeless and the poor. I have sought to support and aid the citizens of New York City against the NYPD in every way I can. Mostly, my mutual aid comes in the form of street medicine, but it is also as a blogger and an ordinary citizen that I help. I use whatever skills I have to help. There is an undeclared war against the poor, the homeless, people of color and against women here in New York City.
As far as that is concerned, there is an undeclared class war world-wide. The 1% see that time is running out, and they are making their moves to solidify their dictatorship of the masses. We cannot let that happen. East Flatbush is not alone. Police aggression in support of the 1% against the people is global. The police and the military are weapons of the 1% just as a police horse is a weapon to be wielded by the rider. The police and the military have no more freedom than a police horse, and their ultimate fates will be the same — the slaughterhouse.
Wake up! Rise up! Stand up!
I once engaged an NYPD officer (a blue shirt) at Occupy Trinity Wall Street on S17, 2012, in conversation about protest, change and power. The officer scoffed at our ability to produce change, declaring we Occupiers had no power. I shot back that he was part of the 99%, one of us, and he certainly had the power to effect change. He denied he had any power. So I pointed out to him the riot cops behind him, the weapons they (and he) were carrying, and the organization they had. I told him he had the power to not obey illegal and immoral orders, and that he had the power to arrest those giving those illegal orders. He did not reply. He ignored me after that — at which moment, when he turned away, I protested to him that he did not know his job and that he only knew how to follow orders.
NYPD I have a message for you: More barricades! Bring more barricades! Bring as many as you have. There will never be enough barricades to stop the 99%, but maybe you can fashion a ‘freedom cage’ for yourselves.
I support the people of East Flatbush.
“Warriors are not what you think of as warriors. The warrior is not someone who fights, because no one has the right to take another life. The warrior, for us, is one who sacrifices himself for the good of others. His task is to take care of the elderly, the defenseless, those who cannot provide for themselves, and above all, the children, the future of humanity.”
~Tatanka Iyotaka (Sitting Bull)