Monday, 8 December 2014

Revolution Recap

The ongoing Wave of Action – are we building up to a Tsunami?

Wave of Action began in April this year. So taking that as a starting point for action taking place, wouldn't you say there'd been more this year, in the UK especially, than ever before? I would.

Recently Beaty Pea talked brilliantly about Revolution – asking when’s it gonna happen. If not make change now? When? If not you? Who? What are we waiting for, the one big event? No, this might take more than that. She's right, but I say, the revolution is well under way. It's just a bit of a slow-burner - and pushing against a centuries-old, dark, crazy system that won't die as easily as we'd like. 

There’s been a steady, constant stream of protests, direct actions, unifying moments for a few years now building up especially over this year, worldwide. But in the UK alone we have seen so many people on the streets, in uproar: the massive People’s Assembly at summer solstice and again in October, climate marches, Stop The War, anti-fracking protests, Occupy sit ins, Class War no poor doors weekly demos, Anonymous Million Mask March, which has felt like a catalyst for even more direction action from the heart and with humour. How about this manure dump outside the Ukip offices for the LULZ? And the recent Twitterstorm CameronMustGo!

Some argue that some of the protest is orchestrated to bring in a police state. They can try, but in the UK we have a massive house of cards tumbling down around us, rocking the status quo beyond belief as we discover so many establishment have been involved in paedophile rings. And the police are as corrupt as the rest of them, implicated in criminal behaviour and protecting corporate greed, when they should be working for the people who pay for them - us. 

Like Wave of Action on their post-Anonymous march chat, I feel we made a mockery of the police as they didn't seem to know what people were doing and we gave them a good run around the capital city. ‘They were walking with their arses clenched,’ says Beaty Pea. 'At one point there were thousands of protestors around about ten of them. They got caught up and couldn't get out. They were kettled by protestors. They were shitting themselves.'  

Whatever hardened on-the-street activists say about clicktivism, in the cases of 38 degrees and Avaaz, millions of signatures on petitions against the rot being dished out by governments all over the world - have powerful effect and have stopped stuff at times, such as the forest sell-off, and at least delayed decisions, on fracking, a bit. But we still have a long way to go as those bastards at the top won’t give up the fight easily, as their old world dies away (PLEASE!)

Keep up the good work! We are really stepping it up now, can you feel it? Up the pressure, the positive action, genuine people speaking out, truth coming out, as the establishment are shown to be what they are – criminals. Mindblowing change happening under our very noses. 

But we do need to work out what we want instead. Or will it just develop naturally from a place of love? With 4,000+ people, maybe 6000, on the streets at the Million Mask March and only ten arrests – and loads of homeless people helped - that’s what happens when anarchy happens: people look out for each other, smile, feel connected, cooperative, like one big party. Or is that too dream-world to expect it just to happen naturally, leaving revolution at risk of being hijacked by glory-seekers. We need practical plans, decisions about who makes them, how to go about it... There's a lot of work to do to work out the new, and meanwhile the fight against the powers that be still goes on at the same time. You can’t let your guard down, or take your eye off the ball for a second.

But take a moment to see what we have done over this last year alone. Celebrate the building wave of action and know that change is coming, slowly but surely. SURELY!

And while we’re on the subject of Tsunamis of Truth coming out: Fukushima - hello? 

Why is this not on the nightly news? Why is nothing being done to help, about clearing it up, rectifying it? It's another mahooosive thing we’re not told about. There's a lot of propaganda and bullshit being spread, you have to be your own reality filter. Time to work out what is the truth, and deal with it. Together. In a grown up way. Are we ready? Are we capable? 

It's worth noting, as Pema Chodrun says in her book When Things Fall Apart, which is guiding me through the one of my toughest years: 

'Times are difficult globally, awakening is no longer a luxury or an ideal. It's becoming critical. We don't need to add more depression, more discouragement, or more anger to what's already there. It's becoming essential that we learn how to relate sanely with difficult times. The earth seems to be beseeching us to connect with joy and discover our innermost essence. This is the best way we can benefit others.'