May Day: It’s going down!

May 1st, 2020  |  Published in General

Multi-genre paper by Story

May 1st, 2020

 

1: Mutual Aid

In this world, we live on top of one another [1], Social Darwinism [2] has declined yet it still indirectly influences [3] how we perceive and act with each other, whether it’s the pop-fascist [3.1] [3.2] and direct/indirect neofascist apologist [4] [5] [6], a candidate who has a record of championing segregation and war [7] [8] [9], violent neofascists who will defy science and morality to get people killed so that their beliefs become normalized [10] [11] [12], all of these things….are an inevitable product of the world we live in [13] [14].

 

Wandering around, are people like me & you have hidden from this world because we are deemed useless [15], predatory [16], abnormal [17]. As an autonomous being, I have been belittled, harassed, beaten-down, manipulated, and bullied by people from all walks of life (and I mean that literally) hell, I’ve never even been able to maintain a single real-life friendship. Only until middle school when I got my first Instagram account was I able to make friends with other misfits and this opened me to a different way of living [18]. Due to my Neurodiversity [19], Major-Depression [20], Anxiety [21], and Mild Cerebral Palsy [22] I have trouble understanding and applying certain accepted norms. Most (if not all) of the time these norms are conscious, sub-conscious, or unconsciously forced on me and forced on people like me, if we take into consideration the vast range of experiences, positionalities, and ways of life then, the entire idea of “normal” and “normalcy” becomes useless and oppressive, as amazingly illustrated by the essay Queer-Cripping Anarchism: Intersections and Reflections on Anarchism, Queerness, and Dis-ability (page 172), the same can be said with queering heterosexuality as both of these essays (despite being written 7-8 ago) are very relevant in the current infighting within the LGBTQ+ community [23] [24] [25] [26] [27] [28] [29] [30] [31] [32] [33] [34].

 

Despite what the pop-fascist peach in office tweets, America is not great [35] [36], it never has been [37] [38], and never will because this nation just like all others is drenched in the blood of slaughtered minorities across centuries which have not only inspired some of the worst crimes against history [39] [40] but, many still continue to this day [41] [42] [43]. If we want survival then we have to fight for it! [44] organize unions [45] [46] [47] [48] [50] [50.1], community defense [51] [52], popular power from below [53] [54] [55] [56] [57], radical love [58] [59] [60], education [61] [62] [63] [64] [65], and mutual aid [66] [67] [68] [68.1] [69].

 

2: A Brief History of May-Day (poetry)

 

The workers’ struggle 

All for a better day

Since the 1800s

Against Bolsheviks & State-Capitalism

To 1936 in Catalonia

 

May Day

Thank the workers who produce

Help them take control of their labor

Educate them to be better 

To learn and re-learn

Organize

But, most importantly:

Be your authentic, imperfectly-perfect self

 

3: Regressive Waves in a Dying World

 

We are living during a climate disaster [1] while we all watch western society crumble and fall before our very eyes through our phones, work, and school (in my opinion this is good [2] and inevitable as western society was founded on the destruction and of natives, people of color, black folx, neurodivergent humans, disabled humans, LGBTQ+ [3] folx, etc.) while people will defend Trump saying he isn’t fascist despite there being papers written and published saying otherwise [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [10.1]. Conspiracy theories and unethical actions are raging about COVID-19 from government officials and the general public [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16], this is alarming considering the fact that the united states have a very flawed health care system [17] and has the most COVID-19 cases [18].

 

Centrism, as a political idea has begun to wane as those who viewed themselves as “left-wing” like Pete Buttigieg [19], Hillary Clinton [20] [21], Joe Biden [22] [23] [23.1], Elizabeth Warren [24] [25], even the widely praised Barack Hussien Obama II [26] [27] [28] [29] [30]. If there’s one thing that all of these politicians have in common is that they are all neoliberals [31] and I happen to live in a neoliberals paradise [32] on one of the many stolen lands of the Fernandeño Tataviam tribe and Chumash tribe [33] [34], I mention these Native lands above because of the product of all of my oppression dates back to colonialism [35] and as educator Natalie Avalos titled her essay Insurgent Pedagogies; Decolonization is for All of Us [36].

 

In the long-run, centrism will most definitely fail as it did in 2016 [37] we cannot beat the far-right by going down the middle and not taking a side as Holocaust survivor Elie Weisel said: “We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.” [38], if we want to take the far-right head-on we have to take sides even if it feels inconvenient to the status quo, remember that Adolf Hiter democratically got into power and was supported by businessmen [39] and supported by the Infamous Gobbels family [40], and his followers did anything to defend him [41] while no brown shirts have appeared in the usa Trump has gained his own cult following of MAGA hats [42] as we see them defy scientific agreements of quarantine again and again [43] [44] and his campaign gets support from conspiracy theorists and businesses alike [45] [46].

 

If we’re going to beat the far-right we have to understand that the left has the quality and the right has the quantity and electing someone who can open up the sphere of organizing outside the state [47] [48] just like Bash Back! during Obama [49] [50].

 

4: Journal Entry

Entries of Revolt #4: The Queerantine

 

Once this ends, I’ll most likely forget it even happened so I’m gonna document it so that I don’t, the story I’m leaving behind on this crumbling earth that I desperately want to save from the terrors of the ruling class and the people who have more power than me.

 

I want to have a livable future past 35, to stop seeing people who have the same skin color and ethnicities as me stop being persecuted and demonized for wanting a better life when they effectively helped create a void that creates our suffering….

 

How then, am I expected to stay silent in the face of injustice when the communities I fall into are attacked…..Cuando una Hermana Panameña ….Como yo…..es arrestada porque es Transgénero y ayudando los pobres!

 

Do not stay silent in the face of injustice towards the communities you are a part of and fight back because a body cannot function heartless or mindless!

 

5: Poetry for the death of time (for everyone on the front lines)

Eventually, time ceases its motions

For us when we’re in our graves

Yet, we live on like everything that lives

Its soul continues to live on….

 

Ghosts guide us with love and rage

All throughout our lives

Death will bring us back to the ghosts both living and dead who haunt us

With love and rage in their hearts and minds……

 

6: Never stop fighting for the future

Fight for your life, no matter what ignorance says. We’re running out of time, we need to fight back and build each other up with empathy, compassion, education, radical consent, and radical love! I will not stop fighting where I can love in community unity!

 

As Marine Shern titled her album: This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It and She Is It and It Is It and That Is That.

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