Memorial for the Dispossessed

I thought when I first saw the Metro article on Mia Green’s murder, that the head caption had misgendered her…
“Mia Geen was found in the passenger’s seat of his car with a gunshot wound.”

“his car” referred to the murderer–and that was clear, following the headline: “Man charged with murder of…

… but it upset me… when I saw it riding the subway to a candlelight memorial service of a camp resident.. like…. everything in this world is broken.

The circle of mourners, and those who came to pay our respects, created a sacred space… candles like stars shining from the earth–under a canopy of trees; all around us, the profane world that sorts us out, as worthy or unworthy of life–the endless traffic on the Parkway–the lights of passing cars, for an hour.. outshone by our candles.

Prayers were said. A libation poured out on the ground from a beer can.

The sacred is still there.. waiting… waiting for us to give it room, to mark it’s boundaries, the lights, and signs, that tell us.. we still have a home in this world. If only we are willing to create… and fight for it….and claim it as our own.

…. Yitgadal v’yitkadash sh’mei raba b’alma di v’ra chir’usei; v’yamlich malchusei b’hayeichon u-v’yomeichon, uv’hayei d’chol beit yisrael, ba-agala u-vi-z’man kariv, v’imru …. awmen.

The Violence of the State Must Not be Questioned!

<Biden: Justice Must Come For Breonna Taylor, But ‘Violence Is Never Acceptable’…>

A HUFFPOST headline, followed by this.

<The Democratic presidential nominee spoke about a grand jury’s decision to not charge any officers in the killing of Breonna Taylor in a botched…>

Almost self-revealing, in its mendacity. The VIOLENCE of the STATE–the murder of Breonna Taylor– has been declared, by a Grand Jury, ACCEPTABLE… but, Biden warns us — effective resistance by the people will always be repressed, while the violence of the STATE in its wars of exploitation, is not only accepted, but *thank you for your service* — glorified!

This is what confirms me as an anarchist. The abolition of the state and the creating of a new order of radical equality and democracy, may be a far distant goal, but the work of building its foundation is the obligation of every present moment, and part of that work is demonstrating how– it’s not just Trump–but the STATE itself that is a monstrous lie, and the mother of all the lies that flow from the mouths of it’s leaders and servants.

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