Recently I was asked to be a part of a queer writers collective and project, the In Our Words blog. According to the site, In Our Words is:
Militant! Radical! Spectacle! Revolutionary!
These are words that, at one point in time, could have been used to describe queer activism and organizing in the US. From Compton Cafeteria and Stonewall, to ACT UP and Queer Nation, the fight for LGBT liberation was about justice by any means necessary.
Read those words in the paper today, and it’s unlikely they’d be describing the LGBT movement. And as of a few weeks ago, there’s a good chance they’d be describing the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protests. Thousands of people have taken over public spaces in New York and other major cities across the country to protest a system so unjust that it enables 1% of the wealthiest global elites to make economic decisions that hurt the rest of us in the 99%. The movement has been criticized for its “incoherent message,” but others appreciate the way a broad vision allows for a diversity of tactics and opinions. When I attended the Occupy MN rally in Minneapolis, I was met with an extremely diverse group. All the regulars were there—the anarcho-punks, the hippies, the moms for peace, the labor unions; but there were also people in work clothes, middle aged folks with signs about unemployment, and Ron Paul supporters. For better or for worse, the protests are attracting any and all demographics that feel outraged by the current economic conjuncture……Read More!