Not that we need that, but some dedicated non-violent folks in the movement should know that
u have2work with others to make change. Folks dedicated to blac bloc tactics shuld understand working w/others as well. We can't be dedicated2a tactic. We must b dedicated2winning. I believe that breaking windows is not "wrong"- it just doesn't work. For a number of reasons. That is a tactic that puts the mask wearers in a "vanguard" position. It says "We are the revolutionaries- everyone else needs to wake up!" This either turns ppl off cuz their not at that point yet, or it causes people to simply cheer from the sidelines. It's problematic in a mass action where the masked ones know whats about to happen and everyone else is caught off guard and more vulnerable to the police. The other problem is one of analysis. If we are in the middle of one of the biggest, most overtly class conscious acts of the last 65 years- one that has the unity of action of 50,000 pplone that caused millions in damage through an action that teaches class analysis and builds an apparatus for future action-why would u think breaking a window at whole foods is taking it to another level? Its not. The message it gives to most is one of futile frustration. It makes many feel that they can't win, that all we can do is break windows. We are making a movement that can stop the wheels of industry. That's much more powerful than breaking some windows. Those tactics are ones that could b of use when masses of ppl aren't taking action. But w/an action in which 50,000 people are making a huge step and having a general strike, the message should just be "We are all awake." But, I think there is an ideological trend that i have encountered that leads to this- one that thinks that the ppl can't win. When I critiqued someone around a similar action a few years ago, saying it didn't pull ppl in, & u can't win w that tactic. they resonded: responded: "You can never win, you can only choose how to lose." Versions of this idea
But. if everyone perceives u as white cuz u have a mask onthen it has the same effect. many masked blac bloc folks are NOT white. it feels like the white kids are claiming ownership. The thing is. There r other cases as well. Blac Bloc is not a group. now even more than a few months ago. it's just ppl who deciding to use that tactic@that To be clear. in war. the only tactics I'm speaking of are vandalism and why that doesn't work. It makes it harder to build a viable mass movement. This is a new era. did similar things. There is no "Blac Bloc". We can win. Now. I believe. I'm saying this knowing the truth. To be clear. Black folks in the community I come from look at marches on Washington and breaking store windows in a similar light. that ur gonna use 1 tactic in every battle. So people stay away. even if it doesnt work. that we can win. People are ready. proven police agent.are at the heart of some of this. and that we used for the march to the port. there is a reason why ppl suspect that as bein done by agents: Recently. don't have the crowd b the buffer btwn u & police. I am speaking to people that I consider comrades. I'm speaking to folks as comrades. It's like saying.that they're futile appeals to power. That's all. its folks deciding2use that tactic at a certain time. If u wanna break windows do it separately. There are other tactics that do work. The problem comes w using those tactics in a crowd. There are tactics I've seen. Mandingo. not saying that this city is all of ours. But. I have to say. no one can show me a successful revolutionary organization who relied on the tactic of breaking windows as a lynchpin. I believe.During the OscarGrant case. We need tactics that help build that movement. in which we have
. The other thing that I left out is that when a group of masked white kids break windows in a city that's many ppl of color.
2supporters of blac bloc tactics: it keeps folks away that would otherwise be militant supporters otherwise. Gandhi called strikes violent cuz they physically kept scabs out. When I say I'm from Oakland. He was at odds w many others in movement. many say "Oh! Caleeforneea!".a group of folks with shields that can push thru a police line. We'r in a new situation. We must be guided by what's rightðical. I advocate using numbers2make it so police can't stop our movements.There r others Often as seen in OO's thanksgiving video. For everyone quoting Gandhi: His movement wasnt the only reason India gained independence. U think the British were only fighting Gandhi? India had been fighting for its independence for decades via MILITANT movements that still existed during Gandhi's time. The main thing I'm saying is that every situation. but half say "Oui! Occupy Oakland!"
. The Hollywood version of Indian independence amazes me. most of you wouldn't know me if I had just made an album w different versions of "The Internationale".not what's legal. This takes not being dedicated2 a certain tactic. Will we do it on Dec 12? Hell yes. Britain was involved in a BLOODY conflict w Palestine that soaked up resources. For example. We can use our own distractions as well2get thru their lines. Did we do it? Yes. Sidenote: I'm in Paris. Lastly. doing shows. police will charge@ one person. We need the numbers. blocking themselves from batons and bullets & creating a spearhead for the march to go thru.Nothing I said advocates assault. That's a good one. Blockin the port: illegal. calls for different tactics. To answer some tweets. but being dedicated2winning. every terrain. causing our line to break and allowing them thru.