Thursday, October 20, 2011

"Justified Rage from an Unsafe Space: Reflection on Occupy Wall Street"

I've been wondering about the politics of sex and gender in the various Occupy (Decolonize?) spaces -- not to mention potential problems for so many people (in terms of race, ability, immigration status) in camping out in some of these spaces where "occupation" is claimed predominately by straight white men – here's a great piece that addresses some of these very issues at Occupy Wall Street…

5 comments:

werehirwerequeer said...

Hey mattilda, the link didn't work for me. Can you double check it? I'd really like to read it!

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Definitely -- let me check it...

Love--
mattilda

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Hmm... works for me, maybe try it this way?

http://www.facebook.com/notes/charlene-obernauer/justified-rage-from-an-unsafe-space-reflection-on-occupy-wall-street/10150365341919618?notif_t=note_reply

Love--
mattilda

Furbird said...

Let me try this again.

Queerphobia is running wild at Occupy Hartford. It is not a safe place. It is not safe after dark for women when the homeless take over. Most nights there are more homeless folks than those who occupy. All 5 members of the food tent quit including me. No one was stepping up to lend a hand. I am afraid this is not my awakening as I have been awake for years. Never in my 40+ years of radical movement activity have I seen such a disfunctional bunch.

I can't get either link to work.

Richard.

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Richard, I wonder why the links don't work, let me investigate… Awful to hear about the queerphobia at Occupy Hartford. And, the dysfunction, so frustrating!


Regarding homeless people at the encampment, however, doesn't it seem like that would be a useful purpose for these types of occupations, to provide some sort of shelter, food, etc. Perhaps it's the tensions between homeless and non-homeless people at these events, and the way that there is no process for engaging all the (systemic, structural, individual) issues?

And, yes, my dear, I'm certain that you have been awake...

Love –
mattilda