Movements, Moments and Co-optation: Autonomous Resistance to Government Policies

Movements, Moments and Co-optation: Autonomous Resistance to Government Policies
by Jeff Smith (GRIID)
We are beginning to see the repressive policies that the new administration is beginning to implement. From the push to further militarize the US border with Mexico to the ban on Muslims coming from select countries.

In writing about the Kent County Airport Action in support of Immigrants, Refugees and Muslims this past Sunday , I mentioned that someone with the Democratic Party attempted to co-op the action by; 1) meeting with airport authorities to create a protest zone on their own and ; 2) by attempting to police the behavior of those marching in the road.

READ THE FULL BLOG POST HERE:https://griid.org/2017/02/01/movements-moments-and-co-optation-autonomous-resistance-to-government-policies/

Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy

We are beginning to see the repressive policies that the new administration is beginning to implement. From the push to further militarize the US border with Mexico to the ban on Muslims coming from select countries.

In writing about the Kent County Airport Action in support of Immigrants, Refugees and Muslims this past Sunday, I mentioned that someone with the Democratic Party attempted to co-op the action by; 1) meeting with airport authorities to create a protest zone on their own and ; 2) by attempting to police the behavior of those marching in the road. 9781608461929-f_medium-d2b547b6d952e9f23660f36014c376c6

This type of cooptation is not new, but it is something that those of us who seek justice should be aware of and work to counter its affects.

Radical and autonomous social movements have always been impacted by elements attempting to coop their agenda and goals. In Lance Selfa’s important book, The Democrats:…

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