Please, BROADCAST BEAUTY, not just the violence.
I want to cry just now. Why is it that when I read the news this morning about the Oakland General Strike — the common headlines brush over how positive the first 20 hours of the day went? It was only a hand-full of people who vandalized. Headlines make it seem like the entirety of the day was violent —
—— But I was there with friends. New friends and united with strangers over how to make this a positive movement with art. We experienced the EXACT opposite of violence for the 10 hours of our presence. Truly the EXACT opposite.
There were monks there- ALL DAY! There were artists performing in the street! Strangers were speaking to each other, people were feeding each other and a business was even supplying water for the thousands of people- there was SUCH a sense of community. People were just people, as they always are, but they were finding each other on their own streets. Children were using chalk to write “Our Streets” where the first tear gassings were. There was an endless sea of thousands of smiling faces walking proudly over the bridge to the Port of Oakland. It was a parade. Even the port workers we freed from the barricades we made (the ones returning home from their shift) were saying how the supported us and were on our side! ( At 9pm I even got supportive honks and a “I like that!” from a barricaded semi-trucker laughing, describing to someone on his phone my wrench and stilts).
I know violence is terrible and needs to cease. But please, let us broadcast the beauty of this movement as well!