An announcement just came out from Adbusters to the effect that the hacker group Anonymous—which has gained recognition lately for its support of Wikileaks—has joined the #occupywallstreet campaign, scheduled for September 17th. We’ve sometimes raised concerns about the extent to which Anonymous’s methods are really nonviolent, but in the video released in their name on Monday, they stress that “this will be a nonviolent protest. We do not encourage violence in any way.”
This is also the first public indication of the duration of the action—“a few months.”
As K-pop fans and Black organizers and artists are demonstrating, joyful, powerful movements draw more people in and reflect the kind of world we want to live in.
If soldiers train for armed combat, why wouldn’t activists train for toppling the political-economic structure that’s killing our chance for a just future? The stakes are just as high.
Uganda’s COVID-19 experience underscores the seemingly universal opportunism of authoritarians amidst crisis, as well as opportunities for resistance.