[sixties-l] Fwd: Civil Disobedience and Rave Culture

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    >Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2000 22:59:48 -0500 (CDT)
    >From: Errico Malatesta <malatestaleague@usa.net>
    >Subject: Civil Disobedience and Rave Culture
    > or, How To Fight For Your Right To Party
    > by NULL of the Malatesta League (malatestaleague@usa.net)
    > Over the last couple years, "civilized" society has found a whole new
    >enemy for the war on drugs. Raves were originally underground parties
    >that were cheaply available, centered around dancing, technically
    >illegal (no permit was attained), and existed for one night only.
    >People would come together, dance the night through, release their
    > bottled-up energy, and then go home and await the next workday. For
    >a while, everything was good. And then came the police state response
    >to the peaceful gathering of young people.
    > The truth is that busting raves is not about saving people from
    > themselves, or noise complaints, or "disorderly conduct" or any of
    > that. It's about making sure that our right to assemble doesn't
    > exist. The status quo was threatened by these upstarts who dared
    > consider the idea that people should be free to gather for a night of
    > cheap, easily accessible fun.
    > The police came in, they arrested who they could, they intimidated by
    > passing bogus "anti-rave" laws or ordinances, they created a culture
    > of fear that intended to make sure people stayed lawful and abiding
    > in the privacy of their homes. Who needs social interaction, dancing,
    > and music when you've got MTV, NBC, and CNN?
    > And for the most part, ravers listened. Raves became corporate and
    > "legal", and now cost anywhere from $30 - $50 each. Gone is the
    > multicultural attitude based on Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect.
    > It's been replaced with a homogenized environment based on Money,
    > Money, Money, and Money. The whole basis of a rave has been lost.
    > What if people fought to bring it back? What if people stood up for
    > their right to assemble? What if people resisted and fought back?
    > There's ways to do this, methods that after a half a century of trying
    > to subvert, the governments and police departments of the world still
    > have no real way to combat. It all goes back to civil disobedience
    > and how to non-violently protest.
    > Imagine, if you will, a rave out in the middle of a small mid-western
    > town. The town itself has a total of about 8 cops on duty at any one
    > time. They show up to bust a rave, expecting to arrest about 10 or so
    > unlucky ravers who weren't able to run away. But yet, when they get
    > there, posturing with their lights and their badges and fancy
    > automobiles and machinery, people don't run. People sit down.
    > And they refuse to move. They lock arms and non-violently resist
    > arrest. If the cops manage to pull them out of the crowd, people go
    > limp, so that it takes two or three cops to drag them to be arrested.
    > With a large crowd, it could take hours before everybody has been
    > moved. As this is happening, the press and the media show up, and
    > take pictures and give interviews with non-violent ravers who are
    > simply struggling for basic rights. Lawyers are contacted to come
    > and observe police behaviour. As soon as the first few people are
    > arrested, some people may decide to get up and sit around the police
    > car or bus to make sure that they can't leave. All the while,
    > mainstream society says to themselves, "I thought that ravers were
    > supposed to be apathetic kids who only cared about drugs. What the
    > hell is going on?"
    > The police may leave and give up. At this point, these ravers will
    > cheer louder than they ever have when they see the power that people
    > hold when they stay together. But, the police may come back with
    > re-enforcements. It has happened before, but all is not lost. In
    > the end, someone has to foot the bill.
    > When and if everybody ends up in jail (where will they even hold all
    > these people?), the police find out that every single one of them has
    > no ID on them, and they are all refusing to give their names, instead
    > choosing to excersize their right to remain silent. Further,
    > everybody insists on seeing a lawyer, and waving their right to a
    > speedy trial. This is a small town, who is going to foot the
    > incredible bill of arresting, jailing, housing, feeding, processing,
    > and bringing to trial a huge amount of peaceful ravers? How many
    > times will this have to happen before the system takes the path of
    > least resistance, as most systems inevitably will do, and decides to
    > let people party in peace?
    > This is an option. Some people might be reading this, saying to
    > themselves, "They're just raves. They're not worth all this trouble,"
    > and I say that they are. Because raves represent the very basic right
    > of people to assemble, have fun, socialize, and do all of this without
    > paying large amounts of money to corporate, "legal" interests.
    > Groups exist that can give guidance about peaceful protest,
    > non-violence, civil disobedience, legal support, jail solidarity, etc.
    > If raving as a political statement appeals to you, get in contact with
    > groups like the Direct Action Network, Earth First!, or other radical
    > organizations in your area.
    > And remember: when we lose our right to have fun, society will
    > crumble. And it won't be pretty.
    > NULL, Malatesta League
    > malatestaleague@usa.net

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