I'm filling in for Gwendolyn Holden Barry this Saturday on Here Be Monsters. Once again, Woody Konopeli has agreeed to help me out since I can't talk to myself for a whole hour, and he can talk longer than that as long as someone is there to say, "uh huh." Just follow the link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/here-be-monsters/2011/10/29/here-be-monsters--occupy-usa-wall-st-solidarity
As grateful as I am to Woody - and I am particularly grateful since the first time I attempted to host Here Be Monsters my dang internet and land line were so fucked up that the only thing I could manage was playing some songs Gwen had downloaded while Woody was stood by in Albuquerque wondering WTF was going on - I am even more grateful that The Punk Patriot has landed in my living room for the weekend. He's in town shooting film for Dennis Trainor Jr's documentary project on Occupy! and Oct2011. Dennis is out in Oakland at the moment. Here's his latest:
I'm not sure what Punk is up to tomorrow since I left for work this morning before he was up. He's bunking in Velvet's room. Yesterday when he came up to school to get the keys, the mother of one of my young students asked me if he was my son. Prior to that moment, I was indulging in a little crush on Punk. I'm pretty sure I've had a bit of a crush ever since I started watching his videos a couple of years ago.
Here's an oldie but goodie
Given that Velvet has had that very same manifestation of facial hair, it's no wonder that I'm developing a distinctly maternal affection for Punk. I may have to temporarily adopt him - at least for the duration of the project. There's talk of an Operation Detour where the Occupations in the North would migrate South for the winter, then in the spring, they'd all come back to New York and Washington DC. There's also talk of something resembling a Constitutional Congress where two delegates would be elected from congressional districts - one male and one female - and meet up in Philly on the 4th of July in preparation for the coming Republican and Democratic National Conventions (Roundtree7.com Oct 17, 2011).
For now, though, who knows what will happen? I fear that the violent response from the cops will escalate since the military moved heavy equipment, retrofitted for use with "non-lethal" weapons, to stations near major metropolitan areas last summer just in case there was civil unrest about the economy (WWH News 08.07.2011). And lately, the NYPD has boasted that they have the ability to take down a fighter plane. The way those jerks like to play with their toys, this can't be good news for the Occupation.
I remain jazzed, however. Wednesday night, Punk was at the march on Police Plaza in solidarity with Occupy Oakland. Some marchers went over to City Hall, and it turned out that most of the cops were chasing other marchers so there weren't that many at City Hall. The cops decided to hurl kettling nets on the demonstrators, but the kids somehow got a hold of the nets and ran around the street hollering, "Whose Nets? OUR nets!" Eventually they kettled the paddy wagon, and went on back to Zuccotti Park.
Sadly, Punk just heard about that activity since he was off with another group. I hope I get a chance to talk with him before the blogtalk radio show at 1:00 tomorrow so I'll have more news from the front lines. It sounds pretty cool until you remember that the Occupiers are all at risk.
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