Sunday, 29 November 2009
Acts of disobedience
Click on the images to enlarge and see the cyclists!
“I hope we have grown up to become much more disobedient, because life on this world of ours may well be terminated because of too many acts of obedience.” - John Jordan
Everything we take for granted was won over by disobedience. As I watch the video my mind wanders to a few months back. John told me about The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination’s new experiment: the Bike Bloc.
Over a few rigorous days we produced these strange looking creatures on strange looking bikes in a 16 inches long flyer. The wheels were turning.
When I watched the video these guys made, a few days later, I wanted to get my hands on a bike and cycle to Copenhagen. Such was its call. I suggest you take your headphones, crank up the volume and watch it.
Civil Disobedience. When one looks around to see a world being driven by the blind fanaticism of consumerism, one can almost feel the call of Gandhi. And countless others who have used this most powerful tool of protest. I think the time has come to have another Dandi March. This time about people’s rights. To their land. To their food.
Vedanta in Orissa. Minining in Goa. Chattisgarh. And the imminent threat of losing our food security and health to GM Crops and monopolistic companies. If that doesn’t take us out on roads, what will?
December 7 - December 18 will see the world converge upon Copenhagen. And we can be sure we will have no fair, ambitious and binding deal. The DNA of consumerism isn’t that hard to break.
But on December 16, walk out of the Bella Center and you will see the beginnings of a world wide revolution. You will see a new symbol of civil disobedience.
The Bike Bloc.
It isn’t just, ‘a huge "carnivalesque" installation out of old bikes that it may use to blockade the streets in Copenhagen or to trap fossil fuel lobbyists in their hotel.’ It is a the slow, but steady turning of a grassroots revolution that is sparking off around the world. Still not united. Still a spark here and a spark there.
But Copenhagen will change all that. Never before have so many common people been mobilized by a common passion and vision for a better planet. And if you can’t hear the voices, turn off your television and take a walk in the streets, wherever you are.
People’s eyes are burning with silent rage.
It is time.