Update to 'I Was Arrested at Occupy Denver' Pamphlet
I’ve updated the pamphlet I wrote after being arrested at Occupy Denver with a short account of my trial (which took place April 30 and May 1): I Was Arrested at Occupy Denver: A Brief Narrative and an Anarchist’s Perspective. It is just a shortened version of the account in my post about May Day, with the addition of one paragraph about adopting a strategy of resistance based on Tolstoy’s non-resistance to evil with force:
It is a difficult balance resisting the crimes of the state without either becoming complicit in its actions through obedience, or mimicking its actions through violence. In trying to walk that balance I adopted Tolstoy’s tactic of non-resistance to evil by force (or what I would call non-forceful resistance to evil) by not leaving the park when I was told to, not standing up to help the officer in arresting myself (for which I was charged with the crime of “Obstructing a Law Officer”), not accepting any of the plea deals I was offered, and also not actively or violently resisting. I feel I navigated the balancing act rather successfully.
My pamphlet (the old version) has also been included as one of the "Scene Report" essays in the first issue of People Not Profit — a publication put together by some Marxist-leaning libertarian socialist activists and being distributed (I believe) at the NATO protests in Chicago this weekend. My essay is all of Page 6. I found the short report on the Occupy movement in Aotearoa (Page 7) to be a good description of the movement generally, and found it interesting that New Zealand’s Bill of Rights Act has protected their camps so much longer than our own Bill of Rights. There is also a very short Marxist critique of anarchism included as a book review on Page 4 which may be of interest to readers of my weblog. As an aside, the editors of People Not Profit mentioned that Noam Chomsky read over the issue (including my contribution, presumably) and said they were off to a good start :)