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My old room mate Memet is in Turkey and has been posting updates on the latest events in the ongoing conflict in his country. I’ve asked him to write a comprehensive essay on the rebellion, but so far he hasn’t had time, so I’m going to start re-posting his posts here. If you have questions, post them in the comments and I’ll relay them to him.
A bunch of commuters trying to talk a scared D train out of it’s hole. This is so funny.
One of the Cooper square organizers speaking wisely
If you’ve been wondering where all the smart folks who were in Zucotti park in September of 2011, before the crazy folks & drug addicts moved in on them, they’re outside the main entrance to cooper union, on 7th st & Bowery in manhattan (6 train to Astor place or r train to 8th st) right now. Prediction: this is going to be an amazing summer.
"Jackie" has written fine piece addressing Facebook’s double standards on Women, nudity, male-oriented softcore porn, and women’s sexual health sites. She’s been banned from Facebook for posting "inappropriate" material (a text-book illustration of female sexual anatomy), while numerous "bro" groups post stuff like this:
…hardly the raunchiest material I’ve ever seen, but also far more the kind of stuff we don’t want the 7 year olds peeping into (I assume, I’m not a parent) than this sort of thing:
…but that’s what got her banned from Facebook. People are really hungering for an alternative. I sure wish there was something I could point them at that was ready to be a drop in replacement. Of course, there’s a project in development that looks like it might be able to fill the bill someday soon, but it’s not quite ready to do all that yet. Soon. In the meantime, we could all try making a stink. It’s worked before. The original post with all relevant info, the “Open Letter To Facebook” whence this post takes it’s name, is here: An Open Letter to Facebook and Jackie, thanks for the hard work, and courage to stand up and speak back!
Why do I have to turn to a British newspaper to read an important story in NYC?
A bunch of us from the Kimani Gray protests were interviewed on WBAI last night. I’ve got link to an MP3 of the interview here, or you can listen to it streaming-style here:
Let me know what you think, and of course, pass it on.
This is a copy of a little screed I just posted to the Facebook thread about the on-going Kimani Gray protests in East Flatbush.
See, there was a big march (well, no where near as big as it coulda been) in Brooklyn today that could have been a real turning point in the effort to grow the Kimani Gray protests beyond East Flatbush, but instead is, once again, a foot note thanks to some real 20th century thinkers (or non-thinkers) who just can’t seem to learn from past mistakes. I’ve seen these folks smother one promising effort after another, and I really think it’s way past due we started sending them some memorandums of concern with bricks attached, to paraphrase our dear departed Charlie Barnett.
So to dispense with the verbose forwords, my screed:
For starts, I just want to say for the record that I’m not a Marxist for the same reason I’m not a Newtonian. Great analysis, buggy solutions, and limited applicability, much like Newtonian physics and it’s attendant age-of-steam technologies. Some things make sense in a certain context, but once that context is past, they’re more like religious sects, waiting for their messiah to come again, endlessly promising that his return is imminent, and the faithful will be saved and the wicked expunged.
That having been said, I’d like to admonish a particular group of Scientology-like Lemmings that REAL Bolsheviks mask their agendas and identities, the better to infiltrate and take advantage of more moderate progressive movements and hijack them once their rise to power is a fait accompli but consolidation is still to be achieved. People who go around declaring “LOOK AT ME! LOOK AT ME! I’M A SUBVERSIVE! SEE ALL THE COPS? THEY’RE SCARED OF ME! I MUST BE BAAAAAAAD!!!!
Now, THAT having been said, may I say for the record that I was as thoroughly underwhelmed by todays appearance of the afore-mentioned Reactionary Cartoonist’s Parody as I would have been had Westboro Baptist Chruch suddenly decided that they and they alone should lead our march, crosses pinned to their shirts and prayers blazoned across their chests, which they each paid only $9.95 happily for the privilege of displaying on their chests as a public affirmation of their deluded faith. I have to wonder if you realize the extent to which you make cointelpro like undertakings by the establishment so much less expensive, and some times entirely unnecessary. After all, why waste valuable resources infiltrating and discrediting spontaneous locally-led social change movements when their so called allies are willing to do it for the established order for peanuts?
So, while as individuals, I might have otherwise welcomed your participation and support, as cult members of the scientology of radical politics, seeking to hijack a spontaneous local uprising, and make of it a blood sacrifice to your dead god Xenu, I would kindly appreciate it if you and the Blac Blockers would all just go out for drink together, or engage in some flagellation and mortification or whatever it is you do for fun, and do it somewhere else. Thank you. A copy of this will be posted to http://occupyyourbrain.tumblr.com You can go DDOS that if you know how.
UPDATE 1 - For some reason, I suddenly decided this piece really wasn’t complete without his set of clips from Johnny Mnemonic:
UPDATE 2: I realize that clip had absolutely no relevance at all to my screed, but there’s something about watching a fanatic explode that just made my morning.