December 5, 2011

Day Two: Toronto to Detroit

Day Two: Toronto to Detroit
Canada farmland flying by the windows, sitting here on the VIA train headed for Detroit. Last night in Toronto we explored the notion of "Occupying" - in the time when we face cops and snow and ice. The occupying in the minds of the police and politicians who front for the bankers... What do they see as their violence re-enters public space? How are they occupied as we urge them into the 99%?

Our General Assembly in Toronto last night was in an old high Anglican church, with a female priest, Maggie, our gracious host. The GA raged around financial issues, and then occasionally the creativity of occupations shown through. The malls and bridges, parks and cash registers of Toronto will find their presence changed by the embodied occupation of OT. My message? I had the impulse to heal everyone in the violence-enshrined church. First of all you've got Jesus hanging from the wall and the killing history of the Brits. Then the growing pains of establishing process, bank accounts, levels of tasking among anarchists - it was exhausting and confusing there for a minute. But we prayed in a secular way that occupied the church, and livestreamed it back to Global Revolution.

We now must invade the 1%, occupy them as we occupy ourselves. The discovery that living life in the open is a devastating protest strategy has now been clubbed and pepper-sprayed into a revolution that is everywhere. It was our continuing to move forward with body and soul that was unmistakable. Now we'll cross this bridge after the violence and the bad weather. Toronto rocks. Revolujah!