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For the students and teachers of: UC Santa Cruz, UC Fresno, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Los Angeles City College, San Francisco State University and San Francisco City College; for the UC 8 [including Dave Id and Carwil James, Ph.D.]; for the Safe Ground movement in the Central Valley and many still employed, this new poem is for all of you. The current financial crisis has not taken away your spirit to protest & survive. In creating the free life of your desires. You did not create this crisis. Those who benefit from this Capitalist class society have, and worst of all, they're making you pay for it. Don't let them.
by Dee Allen.
When land is left vacant,
Pitch up a tent on poles.
Drive ropes & stakes into the ground to secure it,
And a new home is established.
Many more tents will follow.
A village in formation.
Fertile, safe ground.
When foreclosed houses are left vacant,
Fill them up again.
With families. Give each other
A home in formation.
Warmer, safer ground.
When the workers lose jobs and the factory floor threatens
to be empty, sit.
Stay. Own & operate
The means of production,
The source of your livelihood.
You don't need a boss.
When the fees for higher learning
increase and teachers & classes
are eliminated because the
Regents hunger for more money,
The halls of education are yours
To re-shape as you see fit.
Learn as you see fit.
Live outside another's dictates.
The perfect storm
Hit Wall Street one year ago
And only the elite were spared.
The storm's path of destruction
And before it could bury us,
We took shelter
What occupies our lives all along.
It is a right & a biological necessity.
What you see are warning signs
Of an insurrection forthcoming.
Bigger than this crisis.
Capitalism is on its last legs,
Turning to ruining lives & Fascism
It has then, now & always
Been the crisis.
To survive the storm surge, here
is the cure:
Strike. Take over Occupy
[An open letter to recession's victims.]
One minor correction, folks:
I meant to say "UC Davis". "UC Fresno" doesn't exist. There is, however, Fresno State University.
Sorry for that little mess-up.