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Victory & Abolition

Victory & Abolition

The victory of the West Coast Port Shutdown is cold and calculated proof that the Occupy Movement, as a cumulative idea, has been shown as victorious and strong. Congratulations to everyone who participated even in the smallest way. The simplest act of observation and awareness makes this victory yours. The observer has reached across the great divide between mainstream and livestream leaping the bounds between specialized knowledge and public knowledge.  Livestream is important because it garners transparency. Media analysis has become a necessary endeavor because the breadth and scope of the information being presented is seeing a velocity never before imagined.  Savor this information; It is precious because it is not prefabricated and packaged. It is full of faces, of beaming faces that should be very proud.

Part of the preparation for this event that puts Occupy further on the path to creating a forum for the addressable grievances of humanity has given me the pleasure of observing and interacting with many individuals who represent a variety of groups.

Occupy Phoenix must be mentioned too because ALEC is such a weakness in the infrastructure of the American legislative system as a whole.  ALEC is also a target for the Prison Abolition Movement  whose membership includes former Black Panther Angela Davis. The prison industrial complex as an American institution is an extension of the pre-abolition state. Criminal laws are passed, often times, with xenophobic agendas and the result is a prison population composed of mostly minorities.

The main tool of the maintenance of both the military industrial complex and the prison industrial complex is fear mongering (it always has been and it always will be). We must be careful not to allow self-proclaimed representatives of these complexes induce fear in our midst. All the minions of these complexes wear uniforms. If one hides behind the uniform it is a mask that allows the uniform to excuse unethical behavior. If one hides behind a mask then that mask is uniform to the absence of ethics we see in these complexes.

“There is nothing to fear but fear itself.” -FDR

If we stand in front of the system naked we can account for ourselves and police ourselves.

Fear is an alarm, it is not an endpoint.

About karololesiak

Karol Olesiak is a poet, writer, and activist. He is a graduate of Eugene Lang Liberal Arts College at The New School and an MFA student at The University of San Francisco. As a Navy sailor, he commissioned the USS Ronald Reagan, navigated the straits of Magellan, and served in the Persian Gulf. In 2011 Karol headlined The Bowery Poetry Club in New York. That same year he became a staunch supporter of The Occupy Wall Street Movement and became entrenched in the Occupy network of affinity groups. Karol was one of the founders of He became an antiwar activist in 2010 and has written many political essays. He has been translated into Spanish. Karol's poetry has been incorporated into cinematography and sound art.

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