Although I would like to see us move out of the "marching" rut and actually start to do something, I understand the strategic importance of working to build community first. I also thought it was an excellent tactic to go directly to the home of the mayor (because now we know where she lives).
I didn't like the fact that we were ushered about by armed pigs. I don't like that feeling. It's part of what's making me so angry about them. They are lawless thugs who shoot people down for looking at them funny, and then hordes of them descend upon us to prevent us from jaywalking? It makes no sense.
I really want to express my concern about what happened with Joe Keller, though. I don't know what he really said, or how much this was taken out of context, but it looked like he was playing "good dissenter/bad dissenter" to the corporate media. I know they lie and take things out of context, so I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
But if this is true, I really feel betrayed by him, and by the liberal organizers who handed out flyers last night telling people not to come to the demonstration today. Things will never, ever change if solidarity is so easily forgotten. I understand if Mr. Keller disagrees about tactics, but to undermine many, many people who are working as hard as he is to end police violence in this city? That seems almost unforgivable. Almost.
I've gone to every liberal demonstration, and every radical one as well. I understand the tactics used by each side, and I truly believe it will take us all. I thought we were starting to get beyond the stupid name calling and insults between the two sides. It really looked like people were respecting each other, having different events, attending each others' events. Then this comes up. As I said, it may very well be that the corporate media was playing this with an inaccurate spin, but it sure looks like (at least SOME) liberals (Joe Keller?) are starting in again. "Play by our rules, the system's rules, don't make anyone angry, don't do anything effective, just wallow in this mess until we're all just sick of it."
What's up with that? Mr. Keller and the other people handing out the flyers last night need to understand who their friends are. If they don't, they will drag us all down with them.