2nd ad hoc Meeting: Friday, May 17, 7-10 PM. Contact: Jose 773-632-9992
Discuss the bullshit reform bill
- How can we make a political attack on the bill that focuses on changing the terms of the political landscape and pushing a radical abolitionist vision?
- How can we unmask the lies behind the media hype and rhetoric? This is NOT a victory for the “movement.”
- Many of us decided we wanted to read the bill — we will each bring key points that we think should be attacked, key ideas on what we think a critique should focus on.
- We talked about the need to “translate” the bill so that we can unmask what is at stake, to analyze and develop a critique that anyone can use — something useful beyond us for those who want to make their own analysis and useful also beyond the struggle around this specific bill.
Tasks for the upcoming meeting:
- Those of us interested in reading the bill will read as much as possible (at least part 1 about militarization) and bring in concrete ideas for what points to attack
- – also, begin to brainstorm and collect possible points of a political program or platform that would express a border abolitionist perspective (or examples of existing platforms you are inspired by or that you think we can use as a starting point)
- – also, collect resources (other good critiques of this bill AND in general border abolition perspectives or political writing that gives us a new way to frame the issues and challenges the “rights” discourse etc. — whatever we want to share).
1st ad hoc Meeting – Sat May 11, 2013
We talked about some possibilities for moving forward
- Produce something that can be distributed: one idea was to produce a “translated” summary that turns the language around (instead of security, insecurity.. instead of parkway to citizenship pathway to apartheid etc…? find creative ways to re-name so as to cut through the bullshit propaganda and attack this thing); another was to produce an “annotated” bill — literally all 877 pages with our notes on the sidelines explaining what this means.
- we will also want to make some kind of action or actions that attract media attention and use the media to insert our voice — for example, a campaign that accuses Durbin or the Gang of 8 of fraud for lying about the true nature of the bill; or an attack on all those sitting at the negotiating table (the senators, ICIRR, unions, CCA, etc.); something about them being a “gang” or a criminal conspiracy; or newsflash: someone stole the immigration reform bill and we found it — here it is! Some kind of campaign to insert an interruption into the media type and quickly go on the offensive.
- Make a website (quickly) that collects all the resources we are putting together and acts like a resource for others too — it can be private at first (internal for us to share ideas and notes and links) and as quickly as possible made open and public.
- Create a political platform — what does border abolition look like? Can we come up with a series of principles (how many); this can hopefully be something others can take up and use as well. any legislation — even after this bill — can be measured up against this platform .
Also we spoke about June being a goal for releasing the critique and for doing some kind of action. End of May or as soon as possible is a goal for having a more public and inclusive process for the meetings and for developing the campaign — once we have a concrete beginning we want to invite others and to be as public as possible?
- There is a border security fair in Arizona in the late summer, literally a fair with weapons contractors and security firms advertising their products. In the past people have tried to protest this. We imagined: what if we GO there and try to participate, try to big a table and showcase our version of a security product (like a fake weapon, or like something that will blow up the border wall…?)
- We imagined an ongoing campaign that is more imaginative and uses disinformation in strategic ways… a possible link for this would be the Yes Lab who helps to fund those kinds of campaigns. Example here: http://yeslab.org/project/loop-coal: for example we could make a campaign to raise funds so that we can go and participate in the security fair…??
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