Stale anti-war movement you say? Ya Basta!NYC 02 Mar 2007 17:09 GMT
We are a group of individuals living in the belly of the beast--each with our own experience of privilege and oppression, each faced with the ongoing slaughter of thousands, the immiseration of millions, and the desperation of all. Every day, human beings are maimed and killed not only in Afghanistan and Iraq (and possibly, very soon, Iran) but anywhere the war machine meets hope and resistance with the deathly silence of Empire.
We are the moderate multitude that has marched, chanted, and testified against an imperial project of brutality and arrogance for 4 years. We are the nameless ones who have seen the powerful unmoved by millions marching, chanting and crying out. This journey has brought us to a question: Is there nothing more? and an answer: There is, and we must make it ourselves.
We pronounce this answer as it was said by our friends in the Lacandon jungle 13 years ago, as it was said by our mentors in Genoa in the face of terrifying repression, and as it has been said since people first demanded a new and better world. Facing a leviathan that can produce only carnage, oppression and absurdity, we throw our hands in the air.
WE SAY: YA BASTA! ENOUGH!
We call on those of conscience to put their bodies where their hearts are. To escape the conflict between those who walk and those who run. Not to offer themselves as a symbol to be argued over by politicians and pundits, but to create a reality that confronts war and its technicians. We are ready. It is time to begin a dialogue, on our feet, as we walk; a conversation about how to transcend our hopelessness, and dismantle the machinery of global violence.
We have our lessons. We have our networks. We have our histories/herstories. What have we learned? Where have we been? And where can we go now?
FIRST TIME AS TRAGEDY, SECOND TIME AS FORCE!
We call on those of conscience to wear the overalls as a symbol of the invisible yet resistant multitudes who suffer the injustice of globalized brutality.
We call on those who wore the overalls in past struggles to don them once again.
We call for the color orange, as testament to the victims of a war that turns countless deaths into sanitized language, and human beings into "detainees."
Orange for the alarm we raise at an impending catastrophe, as U.S. elites prepare for another attack in the name of "security" and "democracy."
Orange for the threat level we face today, in this 500-year nightmare from which we must awake.
Only an army of dreamers can stop the nightmare of war!
ALL OUT! YA BASTA!
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