We want people to participate, to share their experiences, to share their hearts, to take care of one another, and to build communities that can fight capitalism and fight the state. This is the first step.
Other fears are more essential than the fear of death. The fear of standing alone, or the fear that what you’re doing is futile. Those kinds of fears are more real, and are much more present in Europe than here.
It was normal people who took to the streets, attacked the police, and defended themselves against eviction. This resistance stopped a plan for two hundred forced evictions. It was a spontaneous coming-together in the neighborhood, among people who up to that point weren’t really organized.
Issues of homelessness and low economic opportunity should be front and center for the LGBTQ movement, because they’re hurting the section of our movement that is traditionally the most dynamic, which is young people.
“Our friendliness has nothing to do with our being women*. We were also kicking around other ideas. The occupation could have gone down quite differently.”