I was at the May Day march in NYC yesterday and was moved and inspired. There were all kinds of people, of all races and ages. I was with the groups for 4 hours from 3:30 until 7:30 when I couldn’t get past Canal Street. It was sidewalk to sidewalk from Union Square to Wall Street. I wonder what the papers will say?
The crowd marched to say and to show that they are fed up with the ills that are killing us: war, corruption, white supremacy, subsidies, growing inequality, white collar crime, unattainable college for the middle class, environmental degradation, unemployment, attacks on schools, closings of hospitals, twenty year paralysis in real wages for the middle class, etc. ... Why list everything? We know what they are ...
I think we MUST accompany these popular movements. The only power we have against the principalities and powers is in our numbers. It is not enough to know all about the problems and stoke our righteous indignation in front of the TV. It is sad but this is all we can do. Voting is not enough. Contributing a few bucks is not enough. I am as aware as the most cynical among our yuppie children that our efforts will probably have little effect but I can’t let them continue to humiliate and violate me!
The only thing at our reach is to practice “representative democracy,” in other more meaningful words: scare the hell out of the bums in Congress by showing our numbers and hope that their own self interest might bring them to make some reforms just to keep their cushy jobs. Notice I don’t say the only “solution.”
Hitting the streets is not a solution; it is an act of defiance. We may not have the courage of John Brown, or of the resistance in Europe and in the Warsaw ghetto, but we have to resist. Don’t look the other way when a protest is scheduled in our area. Anyone have an idea about what to do in Rockaway?