Statement by the SPAC-National from the 2007 No Borders Camp
First we would like to mention the fact that this event occurred is amazing. These activities are vitally important- not to show such displays of solidarity and resistance would be morally corrupt and indeed criminal in the truest sense. But something that many of us may already know on some level needs to be stated clearly: this is not enough.
Actions primarily symbolic in nature- even when labeled as direct actions- will not fundamentally alter the situation we are addressing in a manor befitting its extreme severity. Speaking out against brutal border conditions, the plight of immigrants once they have crossed, or against the capitalist systems that cause this terrible situation is only the beginning.
We cannot shake the image of our friends and comrades being shot with pepper bullets, tazed and beaten by La Migra, just feet away from us, for participating in a peaceful action against border injustice. We are not however paralyzed or afraid, we are looking to continue and advance the struggle.
We as individuals and collectives concerned with social justice must go on the offensive. We must adopt a pro-active struggle. Ultimately we must not only halt ,or even destroy, but replace all capitalist institutions and relations if we wish to see a more just world. This means a drastic reorganization of everyday life and this does mean revolution. Times have changed, however, and revolution doesn't mean what it did for past generations.
Instead of mostly deconstructing or taking power we have to start building infrastructure of a substantively different sort than what most of us are used to. We must connect all of the libratory elements of our struggles to replace the industrialist society that is driving us everyday towards a more miserable end. A new president is not the answer, new parties or vanguards are not the answer. We need equitable, sustainable ways of interacting with each other, with animals, with bioregions and with our planet as a whole.
Those of us working in Permaculture, organic farming, green energy and all related fields of sustainability already have some good ideas of what these systems could look like, even if we haven't yet figured out how to get there or how strongly this will effect such wide-ranging social issues. We often forget that the construction of local, sustainable infrastructure tends to lend itself to the implementation of equitable, just economics and politics- what's good for the earth really is also good for the people and we must remember that it's ALL connected.
Immigration will continue as a dangerous or deadly necessity instead of the freely made and supported choice that it should be until you and I start building, struggling and living in accordance with a set of values other than those of profit, exploitation and hierarchy. Like the graffiti says; "It's not the wall that's the problem, it's the structures that support it."
Another world is possible, pieces of it already exist in pockets of resistance all over the planet. We would do well to study these pockets. A lot of people here know that another America is necessary, our job then is to build the connections that we need to make that other America possible, real and sustainable.
November 11th 2007
COMMUNITY, EQUALITY, SUSTAINABILITY
- the Social Permaculture Advocacy Collective (National)