Sunday, September 6, 2009
The idea of proletarian unity is exciting - but there are major hurdles. On my street there are white kids who chase people while screaming "nigger!" at the top of their lungs. Someone close by us we are pretty sure is selling drugs. There's a lot of traffic that goes back and forth because so many homeless people sleep by the river. We've found one jar with a crack pipe and a needle in front of our house. Then there was the time that the door to our house (and my room) was open and we're pretty sure someone was trying to break in.
It's nice to talk about communities without the police, but in reality the gangs and the dealers and fuck ups are often more scary and more down to just blow your ass away. What do you do when someone who is slanging is beating his girlfriend so loud you can't sleep and you can't really do anything about it? You certainly can't have a community meeting or a general assembly. Makes me not want to be without protection and without a sense of not being able to defend myself.
What's stupid as well is that in California you got to go before the Sheriff or Police Chief if you want a Concealed Weapons permit. You got to give copies of police reports to show that you need one, etc...Pigs hold all the cards.
"if you're poor, you better stay strapped..."