day two and possibility
day two (or is it three?). it's both surreal, and more hyper real for me, here, in this city that seems to sleep less than new york. right now it seems like business as usual, crazy crowded streets of people who seem to know where they're going minus the tourists (unless they are protestors in disguise). except the increasingly large police presence, in the streets, the park,the papers...
what do I want to say? we aren't there yet - in the middle of this potentially great thing. there are moments when the not knowing and the thought of what might not happen makes me feel kinda small, retreat inside myself, but once there i find incredible anger, energy and compassion. in this particualar historical and political moment we have a chance to strike a blow at the the u.s. imperialist/neolibral machine.
of course, as strong as this possible gain for the world's people might be, the wto is only one intersection of countless threads in the monumentall net that is today's current political economy. the more I learn - aoa,trims,trips, nama, gats - and how the whole thing works in consort with tncs, the IMF, world bank and the whole u.s. agenda - the more I am enraged.
and the more i am inspired to devote my individual energy to that of our group, which will in turn add its energy to the KPL, which will add its to the larger korean delegation which will add its to the whole body of protest; to our ultimate goal not to call for reform within the system, but to strike from a place radically outside , disrupt its operation, shut it down.
that's it for now.
ps my love and thanks to the folks in the bay who just put out the book Towards Land Work and Power for clarifying a framework with which to view the world for me. also to family members, east and west, old and new, related by blood and/or our shared struggle, for making me study and sharing in revolutionary dialogue and compassion.