Climate Strike: All Storms Lead to Wall Street
By Talib Agape Fuegoverde / occupytheory.org

The city has been shut down. Bridges and subways and airports are closed. There is no school, no shopping, no work. The stock exchange is shuttered. The circuits of capital are disrupted indefinitely. A state of emergency--but not the sort we had hoped for on May Day.

This is not a General Strike but a Climate Strike.

The banks are lined with barricades. But they are not there to fend off the People. They are there to protect against the rising tide of the storm, a symptom of Wall Street's own self-induced destruction. At Wall and Water, the tide surges.

Debt-fueled growth, unchained fossil fuel extraction, the mendacity of politicians, the myopia of the media; capitalism turns against itself like Frankenstein's monster, flooding the abandoned streets of Lower Manhattan, wrecking the construction of a ninety-story luxury condo in Midtown.

The bent-over crane is a ruin in reverse, a monument to the civilization of the 1%.

Climate Strike captures the imagination; monster-memes and cinematic fantasies proliferate; the apocalyptic impulse is powerful. But the 99% knows to follow the money: all storms lead to Wall Street.

At the same time, we hunker down with our friends and families, communities and neighbors in an exceptional period of mutual support and common care. Climate Strike thus alters time and opens space for other modes of living. As Christopher Key puts it in issue 3 of Tidal: Occupy Theory/Occupy Strategy: "People are not helpless against the storm. While the winds howl, the thunder rages, and the waters rise, people can find shelter when they act together in the face of collapsing economies and ecological crises." Climate Strike gives us practice even as it puts our lives at risk--risk that is unevenly distributed, with Rikers Island as ground zero.

On September 17th, we prefigured a swirling Storm on Wall Street that would wash the ecocidal tyrants out to sea. How prescient our imagination, but how limited our powers compared to those of the striking climate. Rather than push us in the direction of doom and gloom, however, what if the disruptive power of Climate Strike were a kind of inspiration for us? Not the chaotic spirals of the 1%, the storm of capitalist progress.  But rather an epic upsurge or groundswell of popular power striking against the pillars of Wall Street: debt-bondage, labor exploitation, carbon-burning, mass incarceration, food imperialism...

In Year II, A People's Hurricane. Maybe it strikes during Earth Month, the annual ritual of self-congratulation by greenwashing corporations and lifestyle consumers. But the strike would only punctuate a longer movement toward genuine sustainability and other modes of social and economic life,  a "politics of the living"based on our debts to one another and to the planet--not to the 1%.  As Chris Key concludes "Mutual Aid in the Face of the Storm": "The powers that be are counting on our efforts to construct alterative economies to founder, especially since the current system has made us feel isolated and alone in the face of crises...As long as the system isolates and pits us against each other, successful strikes against capitalism are impossible. Thinking and acting alone, we suffer alone. But creating a unified front disrupts this ongoing pattern. We are forming debtors’ unions, energy coops, food collectives, strike committees, legal clinics, communes, training centers, and more. When we develop sustainable networks based on mutual aid and solidarity, we will realize the following:  as terrifying as the storm of the current system may be, the power it wields is miniscule compared to the torrential deluge that we, the 99%, are capable of unleashing against capitalism itself."

0.0 · 0
What's Next
Related
Load Comments
Trending Today
"Desert Goddess" Remembers Arizona's Glen Canyon
7 min · 11,655 views today · In this excerpt from the award-winning documentary DamNation, filmmakers Ben Knight and Travis Rummel interview the "desert goddess," Katie Lee. When the Glen Canyon Dam was...
This Dude Just Used Jelly Beans To Convince Me To Live My Life To The Fullest
3 min · 6,997 views today · After watching this video, I just wanted to make the most of my free time. I also wanted some candy, so we will call that a 2 for 1. - Rafael Casal
Watch a Giant Suction Tube Gobble Up The Earth In This Brilliant Video about Our Economy
7 min · 4,319 views today · Modern production is based on extraction from the planet, and modern finance is based on extraction from the many for the benefit of the very few. What would a new economy look...
I Wish for You... Jeremy Irons is a Grandfather With A Beautiful Message for His Granddaughter
5 min · 3,946 views today · 'War Horse' author Michael Morpurgo and actors Jeremy Irons and Maxine Peake have joined forces to make a powerful new 5 minute film especially for you. Please watch and...
Varoufakis Leads European Left to Reclaim Democracy From "Authoritarian Technocrats"
Nadia Prupis · 2,320 views today · Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 seeks to find 'common solutions to common problems,' says former Greek finance minister
Alan Watts: The World of Man and Nature
3 min · 1,786 views today · Words from Alan Watts combined with breathtaking timelapse footage by two amazing photographers, and beautiful music by Carbon Based Lifeforms.
Feeling the Yern: Why One Millennial Woman Would Rather Go to Hell Than Vote for Hillary
Holly Wood · 1,780 views today · Stumping for Hillary Clinton this weekend in New Hampshire, hedge fund manager Madeleine Albright squawked, "There's a special place in Hell for women who don't help each...
John Lennon's "Imagine," Made Into A Comic Strip
John Lennon. Art by Pablo Stanley · 1,269 views today · This is easily the best comic strip ever made.  Pabl
9 Ways We Can Make Social Justice Movements Less Elitist and More Accessible
Kai Cheng Thom · 1,245 views today · In my first year of college, I stopped calling myself an activist. It took attending just a few meetings of the campus queer group for me to realize that I didn’t fit in with...
Republicans Welcomed Bernie Sanders to Wisconsin By Calling Him an Extremist. His Response? Perfect.
5 min · 1,244 views today · This was just awesome. No wonder so many people love Sander's message. The opening minutes of the July 1st rally was a classic #FeelTheBern moment, delivered to a 10,000...
Today I Rise: This Beautiful Short Film Is Like a Love Poem For Your Heart and Soul
4 min · 1,111 views today · "The world is missing what I am ready to give: My Wisdom, My Sweetness, My Love and My hunger for Peace." "Where are you? Where are you, little girl with broken wings but full...
HEIST: Who Stole the American Dream? (2012)
76 min · 1,109 views today · HEIST: Who Stole the American Dream? is stunning audiences across the globe, as it exposes the real truth behind the worldwide economic collapse, tracing its origins to a 1971...
Who Are You? This Breathtaking Video Might Change Your Life
2 min · 1,042 views today · "Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work, driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for, in order to get to a job that you need so you can...
Nigerians Are Building Fireproof, Bulletproof, and Eco-Friendly Homes With Plastic Bottles and Mud
Amanda Froelich · 964 views today · These colorful homes are bulletproof, fireproof, and can withstand earthquakes. They also maintain a comfortable temperature, produce zero carbon emissions, and are powered by...
When Corporatocracy Replaced Democracy - a Dystopian Warning From the Future
Andrew Butler · 714 views today · Ever since Trump was elected the question on everyone's lips has been, "Who’s next?" The border between the US and Mexico is effectively closed to people, although it’s still...
F*ck That: A Guided Meditation for the Realities of Today's World
2 min · 555 views today · Just acknowledge that all that sh*t is f*cking b*llshit — you're here now, in this place, with your inner stillness. Take in a deep breath ... now breathe out. Just feel the...
The Lie We Live
8 min · 508 views today · Spencer Cathcart raises all the right questions, exposes collective lies and stories we tell ourselves all the while retaining a sense of hope for humanity. This video will...
Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed (The Real Reason For The Forty-Hour Workweek)
David Cain · 464 views today · Well I’m in the working world again. I’ve found myself a well-paying gig in the engineering industry, and life finally feels like it’s returning to normal after my nine months...
The Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy
3 min · 431 views today · What is the best way to ease someone's pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic...
HUMAN (2015)
382 min · 405 views today · What is it that makes us human? Is it that we love, that we fight? That we laugh? Cry? Our curiosity? The quest for discovery?  Driven by these questions, filmmaker and artist...
Load More
Like us on Facebook?