A call to Poets and Artists of the Revolution! (sent to the artists on our National Gathering list)
Poets, Rev Billy Occupy Your Heart Quilts... given limited time and organization resources, we artists & poets made our presence known at the gathering. After walking with Guitarmy from Philly to Zuccotti Park, I'm more convinced than ever of the importance of our making a place for ALL the arts in this movement.
We are not reformers, rearranging the furniture in the house of oppression We are artists of a new revolution, creating a culture; razing the edifice of prisonspeak--the corrupted language of power & ownership; creating the language of liberation. In that light, what do you think about the idea of keeping this list (or setting up some other medium) & seeing what we can do to expand it to a movement-wide Arts & Revolution discussion, action and planning group? Someplace where those involved in the arts AND the movement can keep in touch, organize, give each other support, trade information, help publicize readings, performances, shows?
Like every other marginalized group (hey--artists & poets are low wage workers, with our own 1 per-centers); it's up to us to define ourselves and our place in a world we want to build together. We can't expect to be sent an invitation, we have to make a place for ourselves at the table if we want be full members of this new order!
Wooblies of the Arts! Let's start talking!