Stay And Fight Where You Are
by Kit O’Connell, Gonzo Notes, 1 March 2017. I wrote the last issue of Gonzo Notes, about creating
resilience to both man-made and natural disasters, with a specific comrade
in mind. Just hours after the newsletter hit inboxes, I
found out my comrade Liam Shea had died.
His death was devastating and unexpected to all his
friends and allies, but most of all to his partner Luna. His loss robbed the
world of a powerful activist; an old-school nazi-punching punk; someone who
had, time and again, put himself at risk for the needs of others, to the point
that he tattooed his knuckles with Y.N.W.A. (You’ll Never Walk Alone).
waters had destroyed his phone, he simply stepped out his second story window
into the flood and spent the next two days cut off from the world, rescuing
people, refusing evacuation.
Occupy Sandy, which is why I spoke with him in 2014 for a MintPress News article on community resilience that
in turn inspired my recent newsletter.
he and his neighbors would someday be forced to abandon his community due to
rising sea levels. I was surprised by how vehemently he denied that
allow itself to be ‘gentrified’ with water. They would fight.
darker by the minute, I’ve thought a lot about how hard we all have to fight,
and where we should be fighting.
terrible, which is every day, you can find people in the comments sections
suggesting we abandon the state: let them secede and make everyone of a liberal
persuasion move away.
arguments today. Even though the ruling regime makes it more clear than ever,
to those of us with privilege who are only just realizing it, that the toxin of
racism and nationalism knows no state boundaries.
House, and they’ve always been there.
with legal marijuana (my favorite vice), only to witness our new attorney
general insist on upholding the old,racist war on drugs with renewed
Savage quoted a famous speech by gay activist and politician Harvey Milk,
in which he imagines a gay Texas youth contemplating his grim options: suicide
or a lifetime in the closet.
the paper that says ‘Homosexual elected in San Francisco’ and there are two new
options: the option is to go to California, or stay in San Antonio and fight.”
Canada — their situation is that desperate. Yet Canada has problems of its own,
and its economy is dependent on ours. We cannot expect Justin Trudeau, Trump’s
brother by fossil fuel investment, to resist our fascist regime or protect our
wherever life takes me. I refuse to go back into the darkness. I’ll fight to
keep expanding the possibilities of hope for everyone, documented or otherwise,
trans or cisgendered, straight or queer, of all faiths and none.
of here anyway. They’ll gladly gentrify us with water then they’ll do what they
want. It’s up to people to fight for their shit.” —