Sunday, November 20, 2011
Occupy Canada and the Silence of the Lambs
I'm going to miss the Occupy Toronto campsite, this colourful little progressive utopia in the heart of a cold grey city. For by tomorrow night it will almost surely be destroyed.
I'm going to miss the endless discussions about how to change the world and make it a better place. I'm going to miss the amazing collection of gentle idealists and activists who kept it running, so long and so peacefully.
I'm going to miss the poor lost kids.
Who along with other marginalized people came to call the camps home.
But like many progressives I also think it's time to move on. Running that camp, and all the others, is consuming too much energy.
Why do they have to sleep there? Who thinks well when they are tired and sick?They say their camp is their power. I say it's an albatross -- exhausting their reserves and energy, and sparking fights with people they should be engaging.
I believe we need to take our struggle to a new level, and into every neighbourhood in Canada. But I also want to make it clear that those humble tent people have only inspired me, and the only thing that has disgusted me is the reaction of so many other Canadians.
The ones who are howling like a pack of rabid hyenas demanding that the camps be destroyed, and the occupiers beaten, jailed, killed. Or just SILENCED.
In all my life I have never seen such a frothy mix of vile and reactionary comments, and hatred for the young.
This in a country where Stephen Harper and his foul Cons are slowly strangling our Parliament. Torching the planet in the name of Big Oil.
Blowing the rich, screwing the poor. Preparing to take us to war. Again.
Preparing to jail even more Canadians for the "crime"of smoking marijuana, or sharing a joint.
“They tend to be anti-intellectual, anti-science and with little interest in debating the evidence or listening to expert opinion,” says Graves. “Many simply want people who do bad things to be severely punished whether it makes streets safer or not.”
Because let there be no mistake. The Cons and those grubby old zombies are the REAL threat to Canada, not the protesters.And the silence of the lambs is slowly KILLING this country.
Which is why I am with the occupiers eh? Because in the darkness of Con Canada.
Jack Layton where are you??? I miss you.
They refused to be silent, they took to the streets, they made me believe again.
And as I tried to explain last night with my new/nouveau video.
In a cold dark land of the walking dead, they are living life like it should be lived.
And keeping hope ALIVE...
Yup. Walk out of your demolished camps with your heads held high, and your drums beating loudly, my gentle occupiers
For this is also my message to you.
It is just the beginning of the beginning. Another world is possible. Long live the Occupy movement.
Long live our REVOLUTION...