The second day I printed with David – this time we started out by getting some fabric from the “comfort” station to make little patches/flags out of. As we were doing this, people came up asking if we would print on their clothes, which we did, and if they didn’t have anything to print on, we’d send them over to comfort, which had mounds of donated clothing that they could sort through to find something they liked. Eventually, comfort found out that we were doing this, and they were so excited about the printing that they rooted through their donations and found all of the brand new things (a big box of hoodies, some white teeshirts) to send over for us to print – explaining that the new stuff didn’t feel quite right, but once we printed on it, it would fit in better). And so, now we were printing flags, hoodies, tee shirts, as well as personal clothing items… and we got a lot of prints out there.
So much of the occupation is a post-scarcity environment – not everything – but a lot of things are in complete abundance: Clothing – just go to the comfort station – money (relative to the costs of occupying – or at least of printing – there is no shortage of money or people who want to donate money in solidarity) – food (served all day in the middle of the park) – and workers…
One of the very palpable undercurrents of the occupation is a prevailing sense that people want to work. to feel productive. to contribute. to make things with others. This is what capitalism has stolen from us – this is what people want returned to them – some semblance of a collective humanity. When you think about it, its actually pretty simple.
There’s this annoyingly amorphous critique floating around about a lack of clarity on what the occupiers want, or stand for. You’ve heard it by now I’m sure, or even feel this way yourself. Speaking for myself, it only takes a day or two of participation to understand exactly what the occupation is about – and the problem is that for those who aren’t present and who rely on media accounts (which tend to focus on violence and confrontation) its easy to lose site of the less visible social reproduction practices that are providing cohesion to the occupation and really, in so many ways – ARE the occupation.
Liberty Plaza has become a space that is reclaimed FOR something – and that something is a world where we don’t have to demand anything of any state or any corporation, but a world where we can live with one another, and enjoy social relations that are unmediated by socially constructed scarcity. The demands are still there – and they are plural and even contradictory at times – but what unites them all is a social practice of occupying together, a demonstration yelling in one clear, united voice: WE DON’T NEED YOU.
We don’t need capitalism, corporations, profit motives to organize our collective and creative production. That’s the punchline. And people are starting to get it.
If you want to have a feel good moment – troll the comments on the occupy wall st blog – not the political discussions, but the spaces for donations and other smaller matters… Support for this occupation movement runs very, very deep – even if FOX News reports otherwise.
So let’s make some revolution together.