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(en) US, Occupied Territory II: Bay Area, California, February 2005 - Out Of Ballot Boxes and Dreams, and Into the Street

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Date Sat, 13 Nov 2004 07:08:57 +0100 (CET)

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A social experiment is taking place, you are one of the subjects
Determining its outcome. We have before us an administration
bent on expanding an ideological view that sees manifest destiny
as a logical advance for US elites. Capital has never been this
homogenized, the state never been this ferocious, the spectacle
never been so clear. Spray paint something on a white wall, see
how long it stays up. Critique your teacher in class, and see how
long you stay in the room. Authoritarian systems can’t handle
critique, because if it’s possible to critique, then it’s even
more possible to come up with alternatives. Alternatives,
that’s what people are looking for. It’s on the tip of
everyone’s tongue, will we give it a name? It’s on the
forefront of everyone’s thoughts, will we create an alternative
realization (or reality)? Are we out to perpetuate oppression, or
just another subculture? Are we out to create just another ism, or
will people be drawn to us as we arm ourselves along side them on
the factory floor as we head for the bosses office, zip each others
back packs as we leave the scene of what they will call crimes,
grow food for each other as we defend the natural earth that we
used to call home, and hold each other and catch the tears of
sorrow and joy? Seattle has come and gone, San Francisco we
know can be shut down, and Chiapas and Buenos Aires still
gleam in the distance. We know we can occupy, but the question
is: can we sustain it?

Many laughed at us when we said that voting wasn’t the
answer, and then they found themselves in the same streets as us,
demanding, acting, breathing, abandoned, awaken and living. In
cities across the empire, people erupted in anger, not just at the
presidential selection, but at the system in general. Against the
sham of US democracy, where only a few powerful parties can act
in the show. Against the sham of freedom when all there is are
conglomerates of wealth and capital. The intense politicization
leading up to the election left many people feeling that their votes
would count. When those with faith in the electoral system woke
up and realized that again they had been marginalized, they are
starting to ask: what now? Four years from now will “Anyone
But Bush” again be the battle cry? Or are we going to be so
enraptured by the sight of a new dawn, the freedom my hand feels
in yours, will weonly look back and laugh. Now that we’ve left
the ballot box behind, how do we approach the dream?

Occupied Territory II

In the summer of 2004, over 75 people, (around 15 were detained
or stopped by police), gathered in the woods outside of Fresno. In
the forests, rocks, meadows, and streams that some of us had
never seen before, we built our community. General assemblies,
work groups, kitchen collectives, security teams, and spontaneous
work associations made sure that things kept running and
working. Anarchy never tasted so sweet, and liberation so real.
We talked into the night, with words, ideas, and opinions so true
and strong they disgraced internet message boards and websites
the world over. When all that stood between federal agents and
our community was us, some flashlights, walkie talkies, and
solidarity, we knew we were fighting for was more than a street or
an intersection, we were fighting for what would be our home. We
are asking for your presence once again to stand with us once
more. To discuss and plan, organize and talk, wonder and argue.
To bask in the inspiration of each others stories, histories,
struggles and skills. We call you to Occupied Territory.

Information Thus Far

Firstly, please make use of www.occupiedterritory.net, and keep
checking back for updates on the gathering. Occupied Territory
will take place in the Bay Area, in the later part of February of
2005. Topics will be more structured around various themes, and
presentations by various collectives and groups regarding various
subjects including: 1.) Anarchists and Labor (IWW Organizing in
Stockton, Etc) 2.) Anarchists and the Natural
Environment/Animals (Earth First!, Etc) 3.) Anarchists Resisting
Empire/Globalization (Direct Action to Stop the War, Etc) 4.)
Anarchist and Mental Health, Self Care, Community Care 5.)
Anarchist and Anti-Oppression; Challenging Racism, Sexism,
Ableism, Homophobia, Classism (APOC, Anarcha-Fem.)

There will also be a highlight on discussions and workshops on
the following:

1.) Post-RNC Reports and Thoughts. Where can direct action in
mass mobilizations go from here? What will anarchists presences
at large demonstrations look like? Was the RNC successful?

2.) Post-Elections: Is there a consensus on voting? Was the
Don’t (Just) Vote campaign and others like it a good
campaign? How can other be moved beyond electoral politics?
What do we do now to defeat the US Empire Agenda?

We are also hoping to show some various films, and to also have
speakers come and speak. If you are interested in speaking, or
doing a specific project for the event, please email:

Until Every Forest Is Defended - Until Every Factory is Occupied

Until Harmony and Respect Return

Occupied Territory Organizing Collective

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