Anarchoviews on OccupyPhilly

Quotes from the field

~Rich people paying rich people to tell middle class people to blame poor people – from a sign @ Occupy Philly

~The United States is the current (though fading) imperial power in the world, and empires are bad things. We have to let go of self-indulgent notions of American exceptionalism—the idea that the United States is a unique engine of freedom and democracy in the world and therefore a responsible and benevolent empire. Empires throughout history have used coercion and violence to acquire a disproportionate share of the world’s resources, and the US empire is no different – jadaliyya.com

~ Keep going and do not stop. Occupy more, find each other, build larger and larger networks and keep discovering new ways to experiment with social life, consensus and democracy. Discover new ways to use these spaces, discover new ways to hold on to them and never give them up again. Resist fiercely when you are under attack, but otherwise take pleasure in what you are doing, let it be easy, fun even. We are all watching one another now – The Occupiers of  Tahrir Square

~ Dozens of smug assholes and their batons surround the emptiness they prefer to the fragile possibilities that were created, getting paid overtime to chat across their barricades with idiots who think the cops are on the same side as those they just attacked and threw in jail – Comrade in Oakland after the destruction of OaklandCommune at the hands of the police

~ But if we knew this morning would come, we also know that the clocks have already stopped, that the real movement continues, and that time is on our side – Comrade in Oakland after the destruction of OaklandCommune at the hands of the police

~This occupation is inevitable, but we have to make it – Comrades from Baltimore

~ So we stand with you not just in your attempts to bring down the old but to experiment with the new. We are not protesting. Who is there to protest to? What could we ask them for that they could grant? We are occupying. We are reclaiming those same spaces of public practice that have been commodified, privatised and locked into the hands of faceless bureaucracy, real estate portfolios and police ‘protection.’ Hold on to these spaces, nurture them and let the boundaries of your occupations grow. After all, who built these parks, these plazas, these buildings? Whose labour made them real and livable? – The occupiers of Tahrir square

~ Freedom will not rise up to us. We have to rise up for it – Live from NY

~ Stop policing the world – live from NY

~Dedicated, ongoing, sustained movement that has to last a long time – Noam Chomsky

~Let’s run the bastards out of town – Jeffrey St. Clair & Joshua Frank

~ More than once those who have the least defenses against the violence
of the powerful have dared to defy that power, dared to confront
that violence, with their own. And, more than once, those with the
most meager resources to resist oppression have won something
important, as the result of that confrontation. And in every instance,
it has never been who is the leader but rather who are the people. It
has never been what is the organization but what is the crisis – June Jordan, Some of Us Did NOT Die

~ These people down there–they’re not the counter-culture. They’re the culture -bill maher

~ First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win – Gandhi

~ At last I perceive that in revolutions the supreme power rests with the most abandoned – Georges Jacques Danton

~The newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, & loving the people who are doing the oppressing  – Malcolm X

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