Some Quick Questions for Occupy Wall Streeters

“Supporters of the DREAM Act in Chicago”-December 8, 2010

So with all of this talk about the 99%, I have just a few quick questions for the majority of you:

Where the fuck were you when DREAMers lay their bodies on the line? 

Where the fuck were you when DREAMers went on hunger strikes?

Where the fuck were you when DREAMers outed themselves over and over again in the media and public spaces?

What, were you at work?

Did you have a “previous engagement?”

Were you just all tuckered out from your long day as a visible and documented member of U.S. society?

Because here’s the thing, my privileged and clueless Occupiers, or at least the majority of you:

While you are fighting tooth and nail to retake things like a public plaza in Oakland, California, DREAMers continue to fight for their literal lives.

Don’t you dare tell me that your fight is their fight.

History has shown us many times that the word inclusivity isn’t in the Occupier’s lexicon, much less intersectionality.

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6 thoughts on “Some Quick Questions for Occupy Wall Streeters

  1. I agree with the points you make Giselle, a lot of folks need to be better at solidarity. But I think the general message of Occupy is a lot more than just fighting tooth and nail for a public plaza. I do think a lot of people in Occupy are homeless and not privileged at all, I know so because I saw and have been to the protests and encampments. There are people working really hard to bring awareness and create solidarity among these movements – that is going to take time and a lot of work. In New York black activists have entered Occupy and demanded to be heard and did teach-ins and created acts of solidarity, taking over foreclosed homes for example. And let's not forget the war veterans who cling to life in the hospital at the hands of police brutality. The Occupy movement has been incredibly successful at changing the media narrative in this country to illustrate income inequality – that's something worth supporting and standing up for because income inequality is something that affects everyone. I guess what I am saying here is that the Occupy protestors are potential allies who's hearts are probably in the right place – those are the folks we need to build coalition and solidarity with not bash down. The occupy movement has inspired a new and vast coalition among progressive groups in California, including immigrants rights groups to work together for a change, which is also going to greatly benefit everyone.

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  2. So I might be missing some context if this is in response to something concrete, but just coming in cold it's a little odd. I want to rah rah rah about supporting the DREAMers' efforts, but I can't get with directing this invective at the OWS protesters (for not having enough causes? not having the right ones?).. why should it be their issue, but not everyone else's? If they are indeed the 99%, wouldn't you *expect* them to be just as prone to shortsightedness or failure to be inclusive as the rest of the country? I guess I just don't see suffering OR political action as zero sum games; DREAMers' struggles don't mean that other non-DREAMers aren't genuinely, severely fucked, and OWS protests don't preclude similar action by supporters of another cause (though media attention is another issue). @Cheryl- I adore your writing, largely because of that strong, passionate voice, but given that all of us here are privileged enough to have (heavily used) computers and internet access, painting OWSers as unserious because some of them.. own Apple products?.. seems overly simplistic. You don't need an iPad to not give a damn about other people, and not having one is no indication whatsoever that you do.

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  3. Fuck yeah! They were busy uploading pictures to their Flickr account via their iPad and bitching about how much more a latte costs now. And VERY little is being said about immigration or anything for the undocumented. Guess we're not the 99% right? Loved it!

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