“Nonviolent movements shift power by attacking the columns that hold the power structure in place. Those columns are the military, police, media business, workers, youth, faith groups, NGOs and civil servants. Every time we deal with the police we have that in mind.”
“The goal is NOT to hit them, hit them, hit them and weaken them. The goal is to pull people from those columns to our side. We want the police to know that we understand they’re not the 1 percent. The goal is not to get every police officer, but to get enough police so that you have a division.”
The above appeared on the Occupy Hartford Facebook page . I tracked the quote down and found it on Occupy Washington D.C and it is attributed to Kevin Zeese of Voters for Peace and Occupy Washington D.C. and then brought to the Occupy movement by Chris Hedges. Now I have nothing against these guys really except their liberal ways get my goat and more times than not those ways stir up a lot of trouble for any real change. Blockers are the worse type of folks that we can know. But really and truly I think they have too much time on their hands. Let me explain.
I am resenting more and more the Amerikans who think that we can educate the police, the military one by one or two by two and then have enough in a zoo to cause a division. Well, do they really think that the police who get paid quite well to protect the ruling class and its property will suddenly come on over to the side of Occupy anything? Are folks so stupid to think that the mind set that police have can be changed by telling them they are part of the 99%? They are tools of the ruling class. Meanwhile folks like Zeese, Occupy Hartford Peacnicks who like the quote, and others, are looking far away from the reality of of how the police have responded to the Occupy movement, how they have responded and respond to immigrants, Blacks both young and old, sex workers, radicals, the homeless and others who are considered outcasts of society. Mr. Zeese and fellow travelers while chipping away at this column of the ruling class, or we should say think that they are chipping away at this brotherhood of street gestapo, are forgetting one thing. Others are at the hard end of the beating stick. Mr. Zeese has lots of time on his hands but those who bear the brunt and the grunt of these fascist pigs do not. The police are not bad little boys who can be taught to be good by a few pieces of candy. (more…)