The Thing’s Analysis of New School Reoccupation
May 4, 2009
From The Thing – the spring occupation tournament challenge:
Beautiful and hilarious banners (30pts) [1,2]
Crazy barricades and tons of chains (30pts)
Transform the uses of the space (10pts)
Dramatic rooftop reading of radical text (20pts) [1, txt]
Wild, inventive chants (30pts)
Solidarity means attack! (50pts) [1,2]
[ + ] Banners: DAMN THESE KIDS ARE CLEVER.
[ + ] Outside support is key. That was badass: [1,2,3]
[ – ] Despite their toughness, more was needed!
[ – ] Don’t expect your social role to lessen police reaction.
[ + ] You have to respond to “repression” with action, not self-victimization and whining.
They said they’d be back and they were, but not for that long. Despite that, they showed that not only is it possible to take a huge building in New York, it’s possible to do it again, even after you publicly announce you’d do it again and get snitched out by student organizers. Why the fuck is no one else doing this? Oh yeah, they’re scared. Don’t be a baby; occupy everything right now!