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June 5, 2020


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here in seattle, the politics of love are on the rise, with a message of unity, inclusion, and solidarity for all people. Raz Simone (above right) is emerging as a leader, channeling energy and keeping marches on message both in language and practice.
there wasn't a cop in sight tonight at rally in central district (although i'm sure they had their eyes on it) and subsequent march back to capitol hill was 100% peaceful and inspiring. one way to effect systemic change is to create new and better systems that make the old ones obsolete, and for that to happen it helps to have coherence. the list of demands is growing more pointed and concrete steps are being taken to create a community-based mutual aid organization—Seattle People's Protection—an autonomous alternative to the big-stick militaristic policing model whose primary function is feeding fresh human capital stock to the slave labor pool of the prison-industrial complex. this violent, exploitive system is being exposed across the country as protests against police brutality are met with... escalating and ever more blatant police brutality. they've gotten away with it for so long they can't see the tide is turning. a win is not guaranteed, but as chris hedges says, "I do not fight fascists because I will win. I fight fascists because they are fascists." if nothing else, there is grace in striving for the world you want to see rather than abjectly surrendering to the serfdom they try to force feed.