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I was flipping through one of my sketchbooks and found these characters and thought they were kinda fun. I haven’t decided who they are or what they do yet…

Also it’s totally my birthday on Friday. March 6th. Tomorrow. Just so you all know. :)

(this is a long post about politics n stuff that i probably should have thought out a bit more)

tbh i’m often really uncomfortable hearing other people go full on young communist and talk about the bourgeoise and classism and homelessness, because about half the time the person railing against the societal machine is a middle/upper middle class person (or if they’re young, they depend on their middle/upper middle class parents for support) who considers themself an intellectual, who is the very product of the societal machine, and has never felt the full impact of these concepts on their day-to-day life

i;m not saying people with money shouldn’t be allowed to support the poor/have the political opinions they want (hell, the poor wouldn’t have any political standing if not for the few sympathetic people with pockets full of cash, and if you have mega money yeah, a hell of a lot of it should be going to help the less fortunate), but i am saying that if you take a year off from your expensive private college to travel the country in your van and “spread knowledge” because it’s trendy to be a radical, but your iPhone is still on your parents’ plan, you shouldn’t be the face of the revolution because there’s no way you can fully understand the scope of it

(which is not to say you shouldn’t participate in the movement- it just means stop shouting about how we need to do a takedown of the whole system when the poor people behind you are like sure there are a lot of fundamental parts of the government we need to change, but actually right now i just want the government to stop cutting benefits, defunding mental health programs and looking more and more like a libertarian’s wet dream)

this is one of the things that really bothered me about occupy wall street and all the offshoot movements. of course everyone from the rich to the poor are affected by this shitty economy and are getting crushed under the mega-rich and the corrupt banks, but the poorest people, people who are hurting the most and have been taken advantage of the most, never get that kind of platform or opportunity. occupy wall street tried i think but in the end you had ten guys wearing a guy fawkes mask to every one person with something interesting to say. and so many people made a big deal out of how difficult and heroic it was for the protestors to camp out night after night, when there are homeless people on those same streets who have been doing that for years, except without fancy tents or popup stoves or news cameras or whatever. and it’s one of the reasons i think ferguson is so great, because while you still have a lot of these people showing up for support rallies and stuff (which is great, anything to increase the reach of the movement is great), the heart of the movement are the people on the ground, the black community in ferguson, the people who really need the platform most

i guess my viewpoint is kind of complicated and i still haven’t fully formed it myself, and i’m sure for a lot of these people their heart is in the right place, but maybe it’s too easy to be a radical revolutionary and not worry about the practical application of your ideas when you’ve never had to worry about where your next meal is coming from, either

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Do you hear the people sing?

Singing the song of angry men?

It is the song of the people

Who will not be slaves again

"Armies cannot stop an idea whose time has come."

A photoset of recent protests, some of which are still in progress. 

1) London, England - Million Mask March, November 05th 2014

2) Ferguson, Missouri - Protests over the murder of Mike Brown, an unarmed black youth, by police. August-October 2014 (The Brown family have taken their case to the grand jury in Geneva, Switzerland and are awaiting a verdict.)

3) Belgium - 100,000 march against government austerity measures (protests ongoing.)

4) Mexico - the Mexican people march to demand answers for the 43 student teachers who went missing on 26th September and have not been seen since. It is believed that corrupt police officers handed the men over to one of Mexico’s many criminal gangs and that they were killed. (Protests ongoing.)

5) France - protests in France over police brutality after the murder of 21 year old activist Remi Fraisse during a protest against the building of a controversial dam (Protests ongoing.)

6) Hong Kong - protest for reform of democracy (Protests ongoing.)

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Shit happened to Ferguson is happening in Hong Kong right now!

Students were just protesting peacefully for genuine democracy around Admiralty and Central, yet the police force used pepper spray, tear gas and violence to disperse the crowd. According to the protesters, the police even raided a first aid booth with pepper spray.

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[…]”And on Sept. 29, in front of Hong Kong government headquarters, a remarkable scene took place. A young protester standing near a riot policeman was attacked, apparently unprovoked, with a bolt of pepper spray across the face and in the eyes. He screamed out “We are unarmed, how can you attack us like that?”

Behind the helmet and face mask, the policeman’s expression could not be seen, but he seemed moved and said “I know, I know.” He beckoned the man over, turned around and retrieved his own water bottle, and proceeded to wash out the man’s stinging eyes. 

Hong Kong Policemen Apologize

"The police officers that have been called upon to be Hong Kong’s shock troops—firing and tossing tear gas canisters into crowds of protesting students, and soaking them with pepper spray—have come forward recently to express their frustration and regret.

Tens of thousands of students continue to ambulate through Hong Kong’s central business district each night, as police attempt to contain and repel them. The students are protesting recent moves by Beijing to limit Hong Kong’s ability to hold independent elections.

“Once, I felt I was the luckiest person in the world, because I could fulfill two of my childhood dreams at the same time,” wrote Arnold Wai, a member of Hong Kong’s auxiliary police force, on Facebook, on the evening of Sept. 28. “Before, I was very proud when I personally brought criminals to justice,” he said.

“However, I just phoned my superior tonight, quitting this job. I don’t want to be a political tool for someone,” he wrote, in a post on Facebook that was widely shared among Hong Kong Internet users.” 

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