Cheeks

Cheeks wrote

Best: I wanna be well: how a punk found peace and you can to. By Miguel Chen

It's basically Buddhism 101 for punks. And written in a really relatable way. I've always been fascinated by Buddhism and Buddhists. I find them to be noble in some aspects and delusionally complacent in others. A good read for anyone trying to be a better a version of themselves, whatever the fuck that means.

Desert. By anonymous Just reread this. More wonderful the third time.

Worst: The Fall by Albert camus One sided conversation with someone who is gonna commit suicide. I actually liked it but it pissed me off.

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Cheeks OP wrote

I agree with you completely. But in this particular case, considering those that will be my constituents, it would be a got bed for progressive ideas, that I may be able to garner more support for more radical backing. We've had one year of commissioners that the local IWW supports half of the six in office. This is a chance to make that 4 out of 6. And if you know anything about the BS democratic process you know majority rules. So theres that.

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Cheeks OP wrote

The only thing hypocritical is the way so many anarchists act hard-line about so many things and it's the same ones who rarely do any actual organizing that are the first ones to yell 'sell out.' I'm not calling you out directly, I've always appreciated your opinions and ideas here, but moving things forward and appealing anarchism and direct action to a larger group seems a bit more important than stomping on others attempts as it doesn't fit your mold of what anarchism is.

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Cheeks OP wrote

You're assuming that I'm running against someone. Most local candidacy is uncontested in the majority of US cities, as most candidates only file at the last minute when they know there isn't competition. I've made positive impacts on many people here over the last 15 years. So it shouldn't be to arduous of a task.

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Cheeks OP wrote

It varies based on the way the city government works. Here in my city we have district commissioners and two at large that serve all districts. I am going for an at large commissioner office position. City commissioners are the ones that create committees that over see certain municipal or other city relevant institutions, and create, repeal, redefine, ordinances.

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Cheeks OP wrote

Honestly, there are a few things that need to be done to ease the pain of the working class, poor, and further marginalized population of my city. And that's not gonna happen in the interim, short of revolution. Examples, highest utilities in the state with the munipalites passing failed business decisions losses to the general population($600 US for electricity, water, trash removal, recycling services, happens a few times a year for many folks.) There is a large homeless population here as a result and the criminalization of them is not only costing the city more with an increased police presence, but an anarchist friend of mine runs an organization to combat homelessness here in a way that is benificial to those that are houseless and the community as a whole. I wouldn't be the first anarchist to run or be elected to office in the state BTW.

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Cheeks wrote

From organizing work that I have done I can say one thing, and it's always stood the pass and has made me even more so an anarchist, those that are directly effected will always have better ideas, better ways of dealing with it, and if you're in the way you're comradery doesn't mean shit cause they need accomplices. Don't be a colonial imperial fucker. Just help!

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Cheeks wrote

What do the people around you really need? Or more importantly the marginalized disadvantaged around you, what do they need?

About twice a year, where I am, me and about 8 others pool money to do a brake/tail light check and free replacement for, not only POC but also the working poor, anyone that needs it. Because the cops are the most violent gang in America and operate with almost perfect immunity. Let's do our best to keep these people safe.

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Cheeks wrote

There is always something more to do. Don't let that sound exhaustive, it's not meant too. As always, a diversity of tactics is necessary. As someone who got involved in anarchism and activism in the 90's through Anti Racist Action, what attracted me was the fact that it was extremely hands on and accessible. Direct action and mutual aid at the core of its operating, and that's what what made it so effective. I spent 3 years roaming around the Midwest and southern US setting up new chapters and helping smaller, already existing, ones get organized and running effectively. I've seen a lot of comparisons over the past 5 years or so comparing antifa and ARA. I don't think that is entirely accurate as antifa is more of an idea that groups and individuals participate in blocs or other actions for mainly defense purposes. As with ARA, we operated more like the black panthers did, confederated groups working in tandem, running food drives for marginalized communities, car repair and maintenance clinics, as well as putting the proverbial(and literal) boot to the racists boneheads. Look around there is always something to do to combat this shit that's more meaningful than waving a sign and singing kumbaya.

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