El Gobierno: Breaking the Spine of La Gente
STOP TO WONDER. If "Democratic" governments are elected by La Gente, and work for La Gente, then why are they so afraid of La Gente?
I was one of the RNC 1800, as many of you know. I spent about 55 hours in jail without talking to a lawyer, without room to sleep or lie down, with la chota snickering and eating pizza outside the fence they had hundreds of us caged in, in a filthy bus garage, exhausted and starving. Or waking us up screaming at three am, about what criminals we were, what anti-American losers we were for protesting. We spent hours in cuffs that were tortous in the amount of pain they brought upon your shoulders. I remember the insane urge to break my own shoulders just to put the joints in a diferent position. But hey, five hours in zip-cuffs pulled very tight can do funny things to the mind. Some people (like mi ruca, who the cops told me would not be separated from me but was within one minute) were crying from the pain. And for what? Marching in the street. Or standing on the sidewalk near those who marched. Or walking out of a bodega or deli on the same street. Or taking photos of those being arrested. These were the August 31, 2004 unprecedented premptive mass-arrests in New York City. All due to the Decider arriving in a town that hated him, so he could exploit 9/11 and pimp his gross little campaign in the city his government could not protect. They swept the streets and locked nearly 2000 of us up. And this was funded by my own tax dollars.