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Sep. 20, 14

09:21 PM

“Branding. That’s how the climate crisis is going to be solved. We are in an era [of] postmodern social movements. The image (not ideology) comes first and shapes the reality. The P.R. and marketing determines the tactics, the messaging, the organizing, and the strategy. Whether [ the People’s Climate March] can have a positive effect is a different question, and it’s why I encourage everyone to participate. The future is unknowable. But left to their own devices the organizers will lead the movement into the graveyard of the Democratic Party."

Arun Gupta | How the People’s Climate March Became a Corporate PR Campaign

To better place this in context, Gupta is making the case that we ought to be highly skeptical of the corporatization of social movements, which in turn make them palatable for co-optation by opportunistic party politics. He is further stating the implicit contradiction of such, saying “encouraging bankers to march [is] like saying Blackwater mercenaries should join an antiwar protest.”

While the People’s Climate March potentially will be helpful in generating awareness about global warming, as usual, we need to be critical about what its end-goals could possibly be. Namely, does the People’s Climate March move us closer toward radical divergence from the capitalist paradigm that is murdering our planet, or does it send the message, with its deep funding, P.R. sloganism, and uncritical “inclusiveness”, that we can buy our way out of this calamity with symbolic actions and donations to NGO’S like 350.org? 

Gupta’s critique continues, “So we have a corporate-designed protest march to support a corporate-dominated world body to implement a corporate policy to counter climate change caused by the corporations of the world, which are located just a few miles away but which will never feel the wrath of the People’s Climate March.”

It is not necessarily a zero-sum game, but for it not to go the way of “green capitalism,” or into the coffins of past social movements derailed by mainstream politics, radicals will need to show up and be heard. Further still, they (we) will need to generate support for more substantive tactics, i.e., direct action and other insurrectionary activities. If a few who attend the march on Sunday decide to show up to the Flood Wall Street campaign the following Monday, at least by some measure, that will have been a small but substantive success. 

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09:05 PM

socialjusticekoolaid:

New Protest MVP Candidate! Get it girl! #staywoke #farfromover #thefutureisbright

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09:00 PM

millennialau:

A white civilian plowed his car through a group of peaceful protestors. When police responded they arrested a victim of the assault and not immediately the assaulter. Eventually the assaulter was arrested, but so were two other protestors. It took over 2 hours for the young boy to be transported to the hospital.

Wheres the justice?

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Sep. 19, 14

05:50 PM

If you define liberation as being able to do the things your oppressors do without barriers, you are seeking power, not freedom.

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Sep. 17, 14

09:12 PM

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09:07 PM

lalunaenmisojos:

Sin rumbo fijo
¿podríamos asemejar
las olas del mar?

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09:04 PM

stormingtheivory:

change.org just sent me a petition to demand that the US name a warship after Harvey Milk and if that isn’t the most succinct example of the way queer advocacy has been coopted by neoliberalism and the military-industrial complex, bless me I don’t know what is.

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Sep. 12, 14

05:50 PM

ohheysarahc:

glitterlion:

afro-dominicano:

reminder that ya boy bill gates (along with his bill and melinda gates foundation) invest in the very private prisons that create a demand for more black/brown bodies

ps. Melinda Gates/the foundation has an obsession with figuring out how to control the reproductive decisions of African women, particularly in Ethiopia and Nigeria.

Holy fuck this is true
http://m.motherjones.com/environment/2013/12/gates-foundations-24-most-egregious-investments

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Sep. 07, 14

06:40 PM

Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (2012), Shola Lynch

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05:50 PM

america-wakiewakie:

Concerning ISIS, as a non-Muslim I am less interested in labeling “good Muslims” and “bad Muslims” (like I have seen in the press) than I am re-centering the conversation on the foreign policies and imperialism that make blowback so prevalent. In my view getting caught up in the former plays to the oppressor’s hands in legitimizing Western sponsored terrorism of the region and lays the intellectual groundwork for continued military domination.

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Aug. 30, 14

02:01 PM

“You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time."
Angela Davis (via ninjaruski)

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11:22 AM

fasterorpheus09:

suicidewatch:

The early 80s DC Hardcore scene.

the golden age

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Aug. 29, 14

05:50 PM

http://theyoungradical.tumblr.com/post/96068350770/palestinianpapi-theres-a-reason-honest

palestinianpapi:

There’s a reason honest journalists have constantly been persecuted. My uncle who was involved in the PLO his early years was arrested for years because he was a leader of the newspaper team that wrote and distributed in secret at all times. Places always changed. Most…

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Aug. 28, 14

12:38 AM

merakitea:

boyexemplified:

sleepy-socialist:

vivelamours:

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011), Göran Hugo Olsson

You heard it right folks, the FBI considered free breakfasts for poor children to be the most dangerous internal threat to the country. Literally the kind of thing Jesus would do was the most dangerous threat to the country.

It’s not surprising, considering Hoover was a vile racist piece of shit who lost sleep at night thinking about poor people not being miserable or dead.

Afeni Shakur started that though. Please give the ladies of the Panther Movement their props.

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