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It looks like the arrests in Cleveland and Chicago are more frame-up jobs. After all, there is a very long history of these frame-up jobs, from Haymarket through CoIntelPro to St. Louis. And the press goes along with the story. When the police tell reporters that gazpacho soup is "pepper spray," it's easy enough to suspect that they are telling reporters that beer-making equipment is "Molotov cocktails."

Now first of all the centrists and rightists denounce the accused and denounce all anarchists. They say we're violent. They are the ones who believe violence and domination are a just social order, and they say we're violent. Many of them are calling for violence against us. One said he'd take me down with a rock, and 'joked' about raping me or raping another activist womon.

Second, there are those rushing to declare the guilt of those accused, yet insisting we ought to assume the innocence of the police departments. *facepalm* On one side you have people, who may be [are being] railroaded. One another side you have institutions, ruling institutions, with a history of railroading people. There is no equivalence!

People deserve the benefit of the doubt. Institutions do not. And the more powerful the institution, the more important it is to challenge it and hold it to scrutiny.

Third, there are those saying the frame-up in St. Paul was not a frame-up, saying that the people accused there were guilty of 'terrorism' and let off with 'a slap on the wrist.' I suppose it would help to gather resources to debunk this.
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One thing about surviving trauma is that you can get a little wiser about the world. Another thing about surviving trauma is that you can get broken.

That feeling of constant vulnerability? That sense that you need to get away from the danger and find safety, and that knowledge that you can't get away from the danger and there is no safety and there is no truly safe space? It's true. It's true and most people flinch away because they know they can't function if they know this truth. But some of us don't get to flinch away. And we can't function any more. Not unless we change the world and change its truths. Not unless we change the world so there is safe space.
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Why?

Because ptsd is not simply a problem with us - it is very much a problem with society, power, and disempowerment. I can't talk about my ptsd without talking about politics, because the violence is political, and the threats are political, and the absence of safe space is political, and the dependence on abusers is political, and the victim-blaming is political. I know politics can get a lot of us angry. But it's still necessary to have spaces to talk about politics and movements to change the world, if we are ever to be able to function again.
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http://humaniterations.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/letter-to-the-undead-of-geekdom/

Well, it's not always the same. I'd geek out because I wanted to set things right, I'd geek out partly because I wanted to know what was wrong and how and what could be right and how, but also, because I wanted to know for its own sake. I delight in stories. I delight in exploration. I tend to back away from judgement.

I designed a game of protest tactics in the Battle of Seattle, but the situation has changed, and the lessons seem out-of-date. And I never figured out how to cover practical day-to-day activism, pre-protest organizing, street theater, except abstractly, getting food and shelter and enough bike locks, street medicine, or coping with police harassment and/or post-traumatic stress, each of which is just as important.

I want to design a roleplaying game, tentatively titled 'Every Empire Creates its own Resistance,' on trying to make do as people find themselves on the edges of a steadily-narrowing society in a self-destructive Empire.

But it's pretty dark, and I'm coping with other stuff.

Once my hands heal I'll finish some of my historical games.

I doubt I'll design a hard-core activist roleplaying game in the next few years. I am more likely to try to create an escapist fantasy where, for example, certain parties have slipped lesbian concentrate into the water supply, with more dramatic effects than they had dared to expect. It wouldn't be about our-world activism, it would be about escape, but in such an escape, I hope to create a healing space, and heal, and regain the strength to help heal the world.

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Oct. 6th, 2011 03:36 pm
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I dropped by Freedom Plaza today. It was pretty crowded, between 500 and 1,000 people. I couldn't stay as long as I had hoped because of my smoke sensitivity. An hour or so of exposure can mean a day or two of sickness, and I think activist groups should be more aware of the disability issues involving smoke, and more pro-active to try to ensure that smoke-free space can exist.

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