Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Statement from Anti-Fascist (Antifa) Working Group - Occupy/Decolonize Seattle on the Dictatorship Of The Self-Medicated at Occupy Seattle.
We are fellow survivors of this racist, patriarchal, transphobic and ableist capitalist society. The capitalist system forces all of us to conform to its norms, and punishes those of us who can’t or don’t, with hunger, depression and homelessness. In the midst of pain, we all seek coping strategies. Some heal us, and others don’t. . It is our hope that this movement will create alternative ways for people to cope with their alienation, and ultimately, that revolution will create a world where we don’t feel as alienated, and as heavily reliant on drugs as we are here, today.
Drug use and addiction among our communities is a way in which people cope with the horror of this society. However, those same powerful drugs that temporarily relieve the pain and alienation of this society, also cause harm to the individuals who are using, as well as those around them. In our encampment at Decolonize/Occupy Seattle, we have unfortunately experienced the negative impacts of drug use through violence and aggressive behavior. Our friends become unrecognizable under the influence of drugs. The drug’s behavior creates an unsafe space for people in the encampament and put us all at unnecessary risk and danger.
The safety of the campers and all members of Decolonize/Occupy Seattle is important for the movement.
Antifa Working Group - Occupy/Decolonize Seattle.
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