M1 from Dead Prez got interviewed by Davey D about his experience in Gaza (which he wrote about for the SF BayView) and about the importance of international solidarity between the struggle here in the US and struggles abroad. He’ll be on a speaking tour that’s making stops in Oakland and other Bay Area and Northern California cities. (Click here for the flyer)
For those of us in the belly of the beast, we have a very specific responsibility to be internationalist. But, one question that comes to mind is: how do we exercise this responsibility? No doubt symbolic protests and demonstrations against the war, or against the invasion of Gaza by Israel, are important. But is this deep enough? Have we struck a nerve in the imperial centre through these processes?
Anti-war organizations are planning a fall campaign, but the question remains: is this enough? Symbolic protests play a role in shifting public opinion against the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, but is there something missing?
Hopefully M1 will get into some of these questions during the tour, and folks can take a stab at it in the comments.