Time For the People to UPRISE, Because We Know Who Our Enemy Is
This morning I was sitting on my porch and as the bus drove by I saw this very noble and beautiful black woman staring out the window and looking in my general direction. She was looking sad and I could only wonder what menial job she was headed to. I could only wonder if she was thinking to herself "i've been working all my life but ain't got nothing show, i ain't telling you nothing you dont already know."
This is all taking place in North Portland, and the community is getting harder. The other day the shots rang out. They rang out on 17th and Killingworth, the rang out on Shaver and Mississippi. The nice weather brings out the street element.
As protesters we say to ourselves, "whose streets, our streets" and we say it to the cops with little or no meaning whatsoever, because we dont have it in our colelctive consciousness that we CAN make that the reality.
The kids on the blocks with gang colors say the same thing. THese are thier streets and they have the guns to defend the streets. The white folk moving into these neighbourhoods are amplifying the situation, bringing white money to these parts and buying houses, upping the property values. The gang turfs are shrinking and this causes gun battles. The police move in to protect property and murder unarmed black folk.
This is going to be a hot summer, and the guns are going to be drawn, just like last summer and the year before. And the situations are just getting hotter until they copletely explode. But who do the guns get pointed at, we point them at each other and the cops point them at us.
It seems like we are quick to draw guns and point fingers when we are fighting each other, but when the real enemies, these oppresive systems of control and the goons that are here to strike fear and maintain the status quo, come in we continue fighting ourselves.
This is nto a proper way to create or sustaina revolutionary track. We need to organize, if not for ourselves then for our kids, because it is clear who the enemy is. We need to uprise and point our guns and our strength the other way, BECAUSE WE KNOW WHO OUR ENEMY IS!
Portland is a great area to uprise. We seem to always be on the brink on taking that step and crossing the line. But there is this unspoken fear, we watch comrades cross the lines by themselves and systematically they are gunned downed, imprisoned, silenced. And we allow this to be a means to further suppress our desires to follow through with that chant, "whose streets, our streets."
The truth is that these streets are ours and that we have every right to take them back. Actions in the Biscuit, those forests are our forests and why would we let the capitalist pigs to rape this land, we stand against that and risk arrest, some comrades are sitting in jail or in a grave because of thier love for this land that they believed was theirs to defend.
We need to collectively beleive that we can win, we outnumber the capitalists and the police a hundred to one, yet when they strike down on us we recoil. Why havent we banded together to take that next step, what is this fear that is so great to keep us from living out our lives?
In this society that i was brought up in, a society of convenience, it is hard to imagine not living without that safety idea of being able to just walk to a store an buy something. It is hard to imagine that to get waht I need I will have to do something, it is easy to allow other folks to do that for me and remain it to be unseen.
Collectively we are aware of the struggles that labor goes through we are aware of sweatshops and corporate violence against idigenous people. We fight it yet buy into it at the same time. Why cant we be quick to do away with those systems of control and fear and start living our lives for ourselves, why cant we put our hands into soil and watch our food grow?
Again, we know who our enemy is. It is not each other, yet we constantly battle each other or belittle each other. We should look hard around us and say that these are our comrades, we may not agree with everything the other beleives, but if we want to win we will have to sacrifice that pride, bind arms and draw weapons.
These ideas of petitioning a system of control so great that it overcasts the entire world, how can anyone imagine to change it without enacting the same violence against it that it enacts against us and so many others?
There are people training every day all day, getting big and learning to fight. Picking up guns and aiming them at the day they can start to take out our collective enemies and move forward with each other. I think the day is soon that we should prepare for. I think we should stop marching in the streets and start training together eating healthy together, diggin in the dirt climbing trees and doing drills.
Can you imagine the small band of folks, like the black panthers who in the sixties became the greatest threat to internal security of this country only had membership of 5000. They were threatening because they had weapons and community support, and they knew how to use both.
This is not saying that the entire activist community has to drop what they do and pick up guns, but imagine that. Support groups are necessary, here in Portland we have great support groups in regards to food and health. We are working on homes and processes of production. THose that are working on health and food and shelter, continue. Those that are endlessly yapping about what ifs, get down on the ground and do twenty pushups. Go to the park and do some pullups. See what you can do.
It is time for us to start thinking critically and realizing that we can play this game of cops versus protesters or we can train to win. And if we make the right choice we can win. We need to think about sacrificing our lives in COMBAT for our communities and our comrades. Our sisters and brothers, our flesh and blood.
Right now, we are at war and we fail to beleive it so much so that we are constantly picked off and losing. Whatever happened to the idea of critical mass? I remember reading the autibiography of Malcolm X and what solidified the Black Muslims as a force int he community was when one of their brother was brutalized by police and the Muslims marched on the police and stood strong. Just stood strong and ORGANIZED.
That solidified a force that was reckoned with. And eventualyl that support was eroded because of a general failure to unify under the guise that WE WANT FREEDOM BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY! THink about banding together for collective freedon. Think about what that means. Then think about winning and start moving forward.
See you at the gym, at the shooting range, then on the streets. Arms locked together masks tight around our faces as we begin to take back our lives, because we know who our enemy is.
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