Let us give xychelsea a chance!
February 11, 2018
“We need to stop expecting that our systems will somehow fix themselves. We need to actually take the reins of power from them. We need to challenge them at every level. We need to fix this. We don’t need them anymore. We can do better. You’re damn right #WeGotThis” ~ @xychelsea
xychelsea has done so much and endured great personal sacrifice in order to show the world how imperialist missions of the United States were executed with brutality and disregard for human life. Her bravery has set an example of what direct action can accomplish and how organizations like WikiLeaks can be used to expose the truth. She wants us to realize that we can’t ask for change, we can’t wait for change, but we need to actually take action to challenge institutional power structures. We need more people to follow in her actions. Chelsea will always be respected for what she has done and the sacrifice she made of her life sitting in a military prison. An article written by her friend Janus Kopfstein tells us all about what xychelsea did even while in prison. In spite of the odds she faced, she persisted and her hashtag #wegotthis between herself and her supporters was realized.
But when she stepped out of prison, Chelsea still saw the panopticon of prison outside of its walls -- the police/military/intelligence state has all the markings of it. She has expressed how being in prison taught her to see how institutions can suppress our freedoms and our rights. The sight in 2017 was plain as day as ICE unleashes unprecedented police power and police are seen as occupying our communities with things like asset seizure and use of military-like force -- not protecting and serving, but oppressing and suppressing. How will the working class achieve collective political action when these violent power structures that protect corporate power go unanswered by the present oligarchy? As she walked the streets of NYC and the various urban areas she has visited since being released the answer became plain to see--this violence must be dismantled, not slowly over decades, but smashed all at once with the force of millions of human hands and billions of computers. We must rewrite the code of our political-economic reality. Another world is possible.
Now Chelsea is out of prison and using her voice to unite us and move us toward a better society. Her interest in promoting institutional change has extended to: showing her support for basic income, calling for free health care, and rightly demanding that student loan debt be forgiven and that higher education be made free for all. She is using that intersectional lens to tell us that change cannot occur until the various social justice and economic justice movements combine their efforts. For instance, people who are fighting for higher wages need to work with people who want to address the issue of climate change.
There must be intersectionality--without it our progress will stagnate and the course of history will not change fast enough. Without intersectionality, there is not a critical mass of activism but rather disparate efforts of groups pursuing narrow goals. Chelsea understands this I believe and I hope it is one reason she is running for a position in the United States senate --to unite the left so that we can take the reins of power from the one-percenters, the financiers and rentiers who make so much money while the working class continues its historical struggle for survival and also for revolution. Her voice needs to be elevated and used to promote dialogue on the left. Let us seek to understand her and learn from her experiences. Let us give her a chance to show us that the world we seek is possible and that we have more power than they do. And let us follow her actions and support her.
“I watched the world change from inside prison walls and through the letters that I have received from veterans, trans young people, parents, politicians, and artists...I hope to take the lessons that I have learned, the love that I have been given, and the hope that I have to work toward making life better for others.” ~ @xychelsea, final letter before being released from military prison
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