by Priya Warcry
The Occupy Wall Street movement (OWS) is definitely being disrupted, both in obvious violent ways on the street when we assemble to protest and in less obvious but also crippling ways, insidious ways when we assemble to communicate, work, plan, share our intelligence, creativity etc. Provocateurs, informants and government agents of the police state we live in are not going to show up at our meetings wearing a uniform and announce, “HI! I’m here to fuck up your meeting and make it impossible for you to get any work done!” Yet, that is exactly what they have been doing. These agents of the State, the 1% etc., are very good at what they do and OWS is not the first movement that has been subject to State violence, infiltration, disruption and DEMORALIZATION! They use stress very effectively to disorient, confuse, and stress us out so that we forget why we are gathered in the first place; to fight for what we most care about.
The general tactic used by State disruptors (not just in OWS, but in general) is to identify existing weaknesses and divisions in a given group or social movement (and let’s admit we do have plenty of divisions and weaknesses, though our task & goal is to combine our strengths not our weaknesses!) and proceed to find the best ways to divide us, weaken our morale, determination and undermine our concentration, and overall ability to organize and create. WE ARE MOST POWERFUL WHEN WE UNIFY! OUR UNITY IS INDEED A THREAT TO “business as usual.”
As you already know, some are very invested literally in maintaining the status quo and keeping things the way they are. THEY WANT TO KEEP US AFRAID TO RESIST, KEEP US MISTRUSTFUL OF EACH OTHER SO THAT WE DO NOT GET TOGETHER & GET SHIT DONE AND KICK ASS. It is NO COINCIDENCE that just as the people, yes we the people, are FINDING our VOICE, FINDING OUR COURAGE TO RISE ABOVE FEAR, FINDING A WAY TO COMMUNICATE & UNIFY, that we are being subject to intense levels of stress and aggression and disruption.
PLEASE REALIZE DEAR FRIENDS, that asserting your self means being a target. I’ve been a target and its no fun. In the words of FBI COINTELPRO, it is about “neutralizing” us. OUR PROTECTION IS OUR LOVE FOR EACH OTHER AND FOR LIFE ITSELF. AFFINITY IS NOT JUST A THEORY, affinity is love is the core and heart of relationships, groups, and movements… GENUINE AFFINITY ALLOWS US TO RESIST STATE TERROR! DO NOT GIVE UP IN DISGUST & FEAR NOW! INSTEAD WE MUST LEARN, PROCESS, WISE UP! WE HAVE TO OUTSMART OUR OPPOSITION! THEY ARE VERY AFRAID THEY CANNOT CONTAIN & STOP US! THEY ARE RIGHT! WE ARE UNSTOPPABLE IF WE COMBINE OUR STRENGTHS instead of succumb to our divisions & weaknesses! ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE! “To the daring belongs the future!” – Emma Goldman.
We have come too far to turn back now! LET US REMEMBER THE HOPE WE HAVE FOUND! THERE IS JOY & LOVE & LIFE TO BE HAD! NO RETREAT NO SURRENDER! THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING! LET US GO FORWARD WITH GREATER WISDOM! REVOLUTION IS HARD WORK! YES WE CAN!!!!
Egyptian Revolution. Or strength in numbers