It is now 2 years on since the day when hundreds gathered at Zuccotti Park. Now the issue has grown from income inequality to the police state and a unilateral war that has no backing from Americans.
When we protest against a war, we call for peace. And this blends into our tactics, where we feel we must adhere to a very passive form of protest to get our message heard. “Peaceful tactics for a peaceful solution.” But this commitment to “peace” often becomes a commitment to passivity. An antiwar general strike might begin to look too “violent” as a tactic, especially to the middle class activists who are both antiwar and have a stake in the economic system that pays for it. It becomes impossible to collectively mobilize against war because the direct action involved would be *too* direct.
In the Spanish Civil War you could see German workers’ resistance when bombs would drop on a Spanish town without exploding. Rumors went around of unexploded shells with messages of solidarity written on them in German from the Berlin factory worker who [didn’t] arm it.
With war production now super concentrated in small areas (like El Segundo or the valley) under supervision of professionals and technicians, that kind of direct action is out of the hands of ordinary workers. So how do we confront the machines of war when we are no longer building them? How does resistance take shape?
California Punishes Hunger Striking Prisoners for Their Activism by Placing Them in “Living Graves” aka “The SHU”
Oakland–At least 14 prisoners being held in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at California’s notorious Pelican Bay State Prison were forcibly removed from their cells and placed in more punitive isolation late last week, according to lawyers who visited their clients on Tuesday.
“They have been singled out for their participation in the ongoing California prisoner hunger strike and targeted because they are outspoken prisoner activists,” according to Kamau Walton of the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition. The 14 were placed in Administrative Segregation last Thursday.
Prison officials, also confiscated legal material from the prisoners, including attorney-client protected documents relating to a highly publicized federal class action lawsuit against the state of California. The lawsuit contends solitary confinement is a violation of prisoners’ 8th Amendment rights against cruel and unusual punishment, as well as their rights to due process.
read more: http://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/2013/07/17/cdcr-punishes-hunger-strikers-brown-goes-on-vacation/
California prison hunger strike is call for justice
Alleged gang members in the California prison system are forced into ‘living graves’. It’s inhumane and without review…