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Commentary :: DNC
If not us, then who?
16 Jul 2004
If not us, then who?
If not us, then who?

note: this is not from the Bl(A)ck Tea Society, we are just helping to get the word out.

This is not about getting one person out of power. This is not about replacing the president. This is not about replacing the cabinet. This is not about replacing George W. Bush with John Forbes Kerry. It goes deeper than that. This is about challenging the structure of the entire system. To some, simply changing the name on the door is sufficient. Frankly, that is not a solution. In fact, it is a threat. It leaves the vital problems of our society unaddressed, both on the local stage and on a larger scale. Issues of class, race, sexuality, poverty, gender, and environmental devastation pass by unnoticed from the tunnel vision of the political institutions.

In Boston, no solution is offered to prevent government plans to construct a Level 4 Chemical Weapons Lab in Roxbury. When the Democratic National Convention comes to town this month, millions will be spent on housing, feeding, and transportation of convention officials. All of this while the poor communities of our city still have no accessible public transportation system. While the homeless of our city freeze to death on the doorsteps of a corporate office building. While the governor of Massachusetts slashes the budgets of public services and cuts taxes on the elite. While the state of Massachusetts spends more on prisons than higher education. While the corporations take over areas such as Central Square and Kenmore, driving out local interests and community needs. All of these problems, and many more, lay untouched.

Plans to act against the coming Democratic National Convention have drawn criticism from those who would prefer to pretend that an election could possibly save us. Many groups are attempting to walk the line between protest and support, attempting to maintain their 'progressive' credentials while not having to actually take a stand. For some, it is easier to turn away than face reality. The reality is that the system is bankrupt, and has been for years now. Every moment spent on reform could be spent of building alternatives.

When the DNC invades Boston in July, who will stand up to them? Who will cry out in anger against not just this war for territory and money, but against every war for territory and money? Who will dare to say that we have enough of leaders and government and prisons and police and tyranny? Who will say that we will not support evil men? We need answers not diversions.

The gritty task of preparing logistics for this convergence has fallen on the shoulders of the city's anarchists and anti-authoritarians. From securing the convergence center to setting up the bazaar to coordinating Indymedia, legal and medic support, Boston has come through in fine fashion.

So now, with less than a month to go, the responsibility to say no to capitalism, no to war, no to poverty, no to racism, no to a police state, no to the elite will fall solely upon our community.

For those of us who are fed up with the state and all its co-conspirators, we have a unique stage to take action. For once, we can all respect and support each other's tactics. Enough with protest police and vertical organizations. We can set up autonomous zones and provide for our communities in ways that the state never could. We can defend ourselves. We can create something sustainable. We can create something new.

It's time to take the power back.

The author can be reached at nogods_nomasters(at_)

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