Michael Moore stopped by Liberty Plaza tonight to humble himself in front of the masses.
2 blocks from Wall St. the next American revolution has begun. It is an experiment in direct democracy that has begun to spring up all over the country. Soon there will be occupations of public space featuring nonhierarchical consensus based decision making and a new way to hold corporations and politicians accountable for their actions. join us on Wall St. or in your city, join us on the live stream. Get off the coach and into the streets.
The encampment is growing. Generators and sound systems and tents are coming in and a full on media center has been created. Also, people all over the world have been ordering pizza for us to the tune of 2800 dollars worth.
live streaming @ http://livestream.com/globalrevolution
5 years ago I covered the 911 events in NYC and it seemed like we were about to win this and convict those terrorists. 5 years later, on my 10th anniversary as an activist the mood is more somber. We've awoken the masses; who wrote the congressman, signed a petition, went to a protest and gave up. Now what?
compare this year to this
The West Virginia cultural museum hosted a panel on the importance of Blair Mountain to Union and Coal aficionados yesterday. During the "official" panel there was hardly a mention of the current efforts of out of state coal mining companies to destroy this piece of history and the psychological & economic impact it could have as a tourist attraction.
One of the most common responses to the thought of wide spread Anarchy by those who've made it past the anarchy=chaos misconception is that of the lowly trashman. "But who'd take out the trash" if we were all free to do what we wanted, who on earth would choose to be the trashman or the sewer worker, you know.. the shit jobs. I've heard this arguement often and I finally have an answer. .... I would.
I have met many Rainbows over the years volunteering with one disaster or another; some standing up for your rights on a street corner but I had never made it to a Gathering "on time". 2008 saw a valiant attempt to make it to Wyoming but our side trip to the Pine Ridge Reservation left the bus sabotaged and we spent the week of the Gathering waiting for a part we didn't even need. So this year I found a random ride home, on Facebook.
Going in I envisioned prolonged down time and hanging out with people I knew but that's not how it played out. Turns out my friends seem to be the ones that ... do the work.. and we "hung out" mostly in passing as we went about our "work" daze.
Instead of camping with pregathering friends I decided to stick with the 3 random strangers I'd shared a van with for the 5 day journey that we all thought was to be 3. There were no mechanical problems; we just stopped every hour or 2 and the van was too cramped for comfortable napping. It was a bit frustrating for me to take 5 days to drive a distance I've done alone in 2 &1/2 but it was the 1st time I ever road tripped somewhere and did not drive so that was way different and certainly a bonding experience. ;~)
This features an extensive interview with Christy Covington from the PR office of the Forest Service. I shot very little video at the Rainbow Gathering, it was glorious.
A few days ago someone blocked the public access road to the Blair Mountain Battle Field with boulders that were clearly brought from a mine site. This would prevent the march from using this state road turnout off the highway as a pick up and drop off spot for Marchers who intended to walk up the Public Road to the historic site. A small group of marchers took the initiative to move those boulders with their bare hands. They opened up the road while jeering miners, private security and state police looked on. The action had been cleared by the Dept of T
The March on Blair Mountain has lunch at an camp spot of the original 1921 march and enters Logan County.
It was NOT actually Bug Spray. A counter protester tries to sabotage the generator being used by independent media at the first campsite of the march. Several independent reports from those on the scene said it smelled like Starter Fluid. Irregardless, the best thing that could have happened if I had allowed this man to continue would have been the destruction of the generator. The worst thing that could have happened is that he blew up himself, the generator, gas can, and potentially the Media Bus full of people and equipment.
A little bit of Union History, morals & ethics in regard to the Blair Mountain Historic Battle Field; the site of the largest Armed insurrection in the United States since the Civil War. 10,000 union miners engaged in armed conflict with coal company thugs and the US Military over the Unionization of the coal mines in 1921.