so is stop patriarchy run by the RCP/Bob Avakian cult?
It would appear that they are:
Targets of the state are heroes, targets of patriarchy disappear
In the course of activism, many of our allies are attacked by the state. They get targeted arrests, trumped up charges, long trials, and long sentences. These attacks on our comrades are devastating, repressive, intimidating, and our communities rally to give support.
Many more of our allies have been the targets of patriarchy. Our allies have been assaulted, intimidated, raped, and shamed. How often has your group done support and public campaigns for a member attacked by the state? And how often has your group done support and public campaigns for a member attacked by patriarchy? Where are the fundraisers to support rape survivors? Legal support teams to defend assault survivors? Why isn’t the National Anti-Patriarchy Guild at events and meetings wearing neon caps, documenting and reporting patriarchal repression and providing pro bono survivor support? Squads of armed and trained Anti-Patriarchal Action punks, physically confronting patriarchal groups and individuals? Where is Patriarchy Watch, documenting and publicizing attacks by specific individuals on women?
The state is a clear enemy. It wears uniforms and titles. The state is the other. Activists against the state engage in planned, theatrical resistance. Each side is obvious and engaged in a deliberate struggle with a predictable outcome.
Patriarchy is a more insidious enemy. It wears the face of each of us. To fight patriarchal repression includes confronting ourselves, our friends, our allies. We can’t otherize patriarchy like we can the state. We might find that when we confront patriarchy that our friends and our own behaviors come down on the wrong side: confronting patriarchy is risky.
The targets of the state are usually men conducting public theatrical actions. Being a target of the state is a heroic act and a badge of honor in our community. The targets of patriarchy are usually women* who were attacked in private by their friends, colleagues, family, partners, and comrades. Being the target of the patriarchy earns further betrayal and shame from our community in the form of skepticism, inaction, or worse. Survivors who have the strength to speak out and/or confront their attacker and his defenders do not receive the praise, support, and admiration that targets of the state receive. Survivors fear intimidation, repression, and attacks from within their own communities. Many eventually leave or are driven out of their communities, let down and ostracized by their former comrades who lie to themselves and others that they are anti-patriarchy. A movement that cannot confront its internal abuses of power and support its own people cannot succeed.
* We use the terms “men” and “women” as crude shorthand for patriarchal structure experienced by all genders in a diverse set of circumstances.
"I was once a linebacker-sized eighteen-year-old, too. What I knew then, what black people have been required to know, is that there are few things more dangerous than the perception that one is a danger."
This is adapted from a great image that originally appeared in a newspaper in 1899.
The explanation in the paper was equally great: “An extraordinary scene was witnessed on Saturday morning in Peel Lane, a thoroughfare connecting Little Hulton with Tyldesley, in which the principal participants were a young lady cyclist and a youth of nineteen or twenty. The lady was riding at a good pace, and when in a quiet part of the road the young man, who had apparently been imbibing, stepped into the roadway, and, addressing some insulting remarks to the cyclist, made as if he intended pulling her off the machine. She immediately alighted, caught hold of the astonished youth, and gave him a sound thrashing, using her fists in scientific fashion, to the delight of several colliers who were passing. The young man made off, and the cyclist, who is believed to be a Bolton lady noted for her athletic powers, rode off towards Tyldesley.”
Jacob Bacharach - No, Angel
Not six-wingèd, nor a fiery wheel,
not four-bodied, though a living being,
human but for other human’s seeing
only what they a priori feel
to be true. Did he say fuck? Did he steal?
Was he sometimes prone to disagreeing?
Black? A teen? All but guaranteeing
some journalistic posthumous appeal
to see the nuance, meaning the bad sides.
No life is a story, and no story has
two sides: it is a universe, expanding,
not some taxonomic Alcatraz.
Here is the truth your subtlety elides:
there is no peace surpassing understanding.
@rahulbot and colleagues have explored visualising data on food (using laser cutters) to engage the public with local issues in Somerville, MA
This is the Somervillest thing ever.
(Runner-up: a whiteboard I saw at Union Square on Saturday where people were writing in suggestions to improve the square. Half of them were “fight gentrification” and the other half were “put in a vintage clothing store and an organic juice bar!”
What fucks me up about the Darren Wilson fundraiser is that he hasn’t been charged with a crime. He doesn’t have to hire a lawyer. He’s on paid leave, so he’s not losing wages. This is not covering his expenses, because he doesn’t have any additional expenses. This is a reward. He’s getting a $250,000 reward for murdering an unarmed black kid, two days away from starting college, in broad daylight.
John Wesley Harding - There’s A Starbucks (Where The Starbucks Used To Be)
cops is wack
zines about specific anti-cop struggles:
Nights of Rage: On the Recent Revolts in France
(Region Parisien, France)
August 2011 Revolt: Anarchy in the UK
The Flatbush Rebellion
Up Against the Wall: A History of Resistance to Policing in Philadelphia
Revolt in Edgewood
The Rioter and the Witch
(Region Parisien, France)
No we can’t all just get along: hip hop, gang unity and the LA Rebellion
(Los Angeles, USA)
Dispatches from Ferguson, Vol. 1
updated with ferguson zine