Visions of Revolt- Anarchy Fest in Goodale Park and The League of Pissed Off Voters
This was going to be posted as an article but I realized it was too opinionated to be considered balanced. Unlike Fox News we at least try to practice journalist integrity.
On Friday October 21st I had the opportunity to attend the League of Pissed Off Voter's function at Little Brother's bar/music venue. The event was attended by League director William Upski, author of the books "No More Prisons" and "Bomb the Suburbs". There were also some local poets who performed some of their "in-spite-of-how-the-world-works-we're-fightin'" works and then the crowd was told to link arms by Upski.Unfortunately we were not going to practice unarresting tactics, but rather discuss how the group were going to get their new voter guides out in time for the November local elections, as well as getting the fair voting reforms passed. Several touring anarchists were in attendance, and initially the Leaguers did not know what to make of them, seeming very surprised when told that they should bring their voting guides to the Anarchy Fest the following day at Goodale Park.
The next day I arrived at Anarchy Fest after having spent three hours preparing food with a couple of friends for the festivities. There were a few dozen attendees throughout the day, the core group being composed mainly of the folks who were putting it on and local anarchists seeking to network and get to know one another. Stencils were made, zines and anarchist literature distributed, dumpstered food and beverages were consumed, bands and impromptu hip-hop acts performed, and a vision for revolutionaries was conspired. Creating revolutionary change can mean as little as finding oneself in a Temporary Autonomous Zone (TAZ) which is exactly what happened at Goodale Park on October 22nd. Of course, if anarchy is to be more than squatter's rights and diy health care, we need to create long lasting communities built on anarchist principles, right? There was a powerful feeling of connection as some of Goodale Park's regulars arrived to share their own views, one man even spittin' some rhymes about the modern age. Some cynics would suggest that solidarity is a dead, empy word and that the struggle is too lost for us to continue. I say, go down swinging and this was a view shared by many of the individuals at this TAZ.
It was also the National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality, and this was foremost in a lot of people's minds, as we remember all those who are wrongfully imprisoned in this country, (more people in prison than any other "industrialized" nation, not counting the hundreds of thousands we are holding around the world, or the millions we employ in corporate prisons-sweat shops) those who have been killed, beaten, raped and otherwise assaulted by thugs with badges.
If anyone has any photos from the events, please post them here.