we interrupt your regularly scheduled wage/debt slavery broadcast to report
my partner was taken into custody
in a “court of justice,” if you will, but i am here to tell you — these psychotic people with delusions of grandeur, who have conflated their own worth into believing they are serving justice in this society, have in fact perverted it.
lawyers of either “side,” gathering together to push paperwork, play this game with the judge to see who will win in a gamble of a person’s life. a person’s future. and none of these agents of the state care one way or the other.
because a part of becoming an agent to the state is the pathological idea that you are doing the right thing, that whatever you are doing is helping people, that whatever you are doing is ultimately good for society.
einstein asserted that insanity is, “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
so, criminal “justice” system, while your lawyers and judges issue absurd sentences, fees, and anger management classes in the name of “justice,” terrorizing and incarcerating people of color at rates that surpass the rates of any other industrial power in this world, what is justice?
how do you define justice, because it most certainly is not this.
let’s forget the facade and talk about how you really operate. let’s talk about how it’s a hard concept to grasp, but the ruling elite and the city government and the lapd are all in the same bed, playing the same game we call “justice,” imprisoning people of color, the houseless, trans* folk, and occupy los angeles, exchanging money between hands to violently enforce the status quo.
do you get how real this is?
litmus test: would the state come at a movement of so-called miscreants and hippies with so much force as to harass them every morning, every day, every night with their police officers and their privately-hired security guards, harass them every morning at court with their crooked lawyers and judges, harass them with this random charge and that random charge, hoping they’ll be so terrified by their experience with the police state that they’ll never attend even another liberal bullshit rally again, IF WE WEREN’T A THREAT TO THEIR POWER?
if just nine months of concentrated radical direct action, of feeding the people, shutting down banks, organizing our communities, normalizing collective living, deconstructing how we think about EVERYTHING, and bringing forth a radical dialogue in this city, could scare them this much, could make them resort to such absurd and inhumane treatment of political dissidents who have found a way to survive outside of this capitalist structure, then let me assure you:
it is worth it.
what we are doing has never been more evident to me. it has never been more real. yesterday, it really hit me that the street we live on is being gentrified and all the poor brown people are being harassed and arrested and forced to feel like they can’t live here anymore. today, it hit me that our collective is a direct threat to the powers that control this city and they are seeking us out to take us down.
we threaten their power and their legitimacy, so why wouldn’t they use the toys they have to make sure we all crawl back into the awful places we came from? why not arrest these protesters for using sidewalk chalk, trespassing, hell, why not resisting arrest, and then we’ll give them probation and make a boatload of money for keeping them in jail ($200 a day per person).
this system is CORRUPT. stop blaming the victim and open your eyes to what is going on around you. people who are doing NOTHING WRONG are going to jail over and over again because the state wants them to shut up and sit down and conform. trap them in jail, trap them in court, call it justice. arrest poor people who are so disenfranchised from this system that their only way of life is already made criminal by the system, call it justice.
this morning i woke up and was notified that a situation of entrapment had been created for my partner. he is fearless in the face of oppression, in the face of patriarchal police officers who constantly ridicule him for what he does, he is targeted to the utmost extent in this city, and today, a judge decided, without batting an eyelash, to remand him into custody for it.
this is the most painful experience i have ever been through. but i can state, without a doubt, that this is worth it. all the stress, all the pain, both physical and emotional, solidify in my mind what it is that we are doing. fuck, this is so painful and i miss my best friend, but what we are doing is right.
the state is lashing out against us because it is scared. it feels threatened by the power we have when are united against it. it feels weak when we are able to feed and love each other, things it knows nothing about, outside of its oppressive structure.
the state exists to repress us and the only solution is each other. once you step outside of the self and inside the community, you really get to fucking experience that.
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