Here is what a true leader of the opposition party would do: state clearly and unequivocally that he would pardon any officer of Trump’s secret Police who lays down their guns and abandons their post under a President Biden. To do so would be to play a card that Trump loves to play. It would also clearly pick a side and help keep up the momentum for systemic change that the reason for the 55 nights and counting of protests in Portland and across America.
Try to imagine yourself 20 years in the future, explaining the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus to someone who did not live through it. Go ahead. Come up with a metaphor, leave it in the comments, and have a blast. The overlap between what would typically be called hyperbole and the truth of the matter offers a breathtakingly wide-open opportunity.
But let us also recognize this moment as one that calls for something so much more significant than the old Joe Biden middle of the road mentality. What do you say, Joe? You’ve got the votes of the centrists, corporatists, and the Karen Democrats all locked up. They are not going anywhere. If you pursue a traditional campaign, with watered-down melba toast policy demands, you risk the same fate as Hillary Clinton.
The first feature-length documentary on the Occupy movement, American Autumn: an occudoc not only offers answers for those who continue to ask: “what does the occupy movement stand for? What are our demands?” — it offers a challenge and an invitation to engage with the movement.
LEGALIZE DEMOCRACY is a short documentary by Dennis Trainor, Jr. about the movement for a constitutional amendment to abolish in its entirety two illegitimate, court-created legal doctrines—the concept of “corporate constitutional rights” (sometimes known as corporate personhood) and “money equals political speech.”
An estimated 10 thousand people, including approximately 2,000 Veterans who were prepared to act as human shields against any stage aggression were hunkering down under the watchful eyes of the various police agencies assembled high on the hill just past the 1806 bridge. As the state had already displayed a wiliness to employ a level of brutality not seen since the civil rights era water cannons—in sub-zero temperatures no less—a PTSD-fueled adrenaline was growing thick in the air.
Remi, an Indigenous Vet of Navajo Nation, told me that Veterans were coming to risk their lives to protect the Water Protectors as a gesture of apology on behalf of the 7th Calvery for atrocities and genocide that have occurred on this land throughout history.
100-140 million were exterminated, Remi told me, due to the same policies that “We are experiencing to this day.”
The sense of preparation for an upcoming battle changed to euphoria and renewed resolve, however, when the news came down that the pipeline project will be delayed—and perhaps rerouted.
A significant, if temporary victory. DAPL could decide to continue drilling and simply pay the fines. In that case, will the Obama administration send in law enforcement to say #NODAPL?