To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.
Stole this from Kevin, one of our gamers here in NYC. He posted on Facebook:
"…the extreme police violence Saturday night made my head spin.
Friends in the hospital with broken thumbs, jaws, ribs- reports of a handcuffed woman seizing, ignored, in the street. The videos are shocking. And, as I’ve felt before, it made me wonder if America can really be changed. It’s so overwhelming, perhaps my skills would better be applied back in Zambia where at least I can be effective at directly confronting poverty and injustice. We are up against the most powerful military and police system in the world, and we are armed with only words, social networks, and creativity. But then I thought about the police- angry, violent, robotic faces that don’t discriminate in their aggression, and I thought about my Grandfather- a Green Beret, U.S. Army Colonel, and the warmest, proudest person I’ve ever known, the man who taught me what patriotism means. I thought about the genealogy he’d traced of our family, when I learned that I came from a long line of pioneers and revolutionaries, stretching back to the very first european settlers in this country and joining with the Native Americans in their struggle along the way.
I thought back to the cops- cowardly, mindless enforcers who violate the constitution to break up a gathering of peaceful non-violent citizens. They are not America, My grandfather could explain it to them in no uncertain terms. This country is MINE; its victories, its failures, its economic system, its oppression, its constitution, its parks, its streets- all mine. I won’t give it up, you can break my bones (Lord knows I’ve done a decent job of that by myself), lock me up, attempt to silence me and my fellow citizens; but I’m not going anywhere, you can’t take what isn’t yours.
1. We are the people. 2. We are united. 3. This Occupation IS NOT LEAVING.”
You know that whole life, lemons, lemonade thing? This is exactly that.
We will never win with force, they’re armed to kill. We will never win in numbers, they’re an army with tens of thousands. We will never win with politics, they’ve bought our government. So what do we do?
We play. We play games with them. We play tricks on them. We keep smiling. We keep fighting. We never stop. And we invite the world to play.
SEARCHING FOR AMERICAN JUSTICE - SPECIAL PERFORMANCE March 3rd
Info:March 3rd, Astor Place (The Big Cube) 8th St. & Lafayette at 6pm (5:30 quick rehearsal)
To Participate: email email@example.com
Show up in character an hour before showtime to do a quick rehearsal then we are LIVE – broadcasting to an international audience!
What: A fun 10 minute-long interactive/improv skit to highlight our failed Democracy! Performance is part of NYU’s LowLivesOccupy festival happening for a HUGE international livestream audience!
American Justice is a blind, blonde, vapid, out of touch socialite and heiress to the JUSTICE throne. (Think Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian having a principled stance on politics and human rights violations) LIKING her is a Patriot Act.
Roles : Dress and Play! There is no set number for the cast of characters. Choose from below, come OUT and have a BLAST!
Detectives- dress up like Sherlock Holmes- bring a magnifying glass (they search for AJ- they may even have a Missing Person’s poster) ·
Rich People- dress up over the top! they love AJ!
The 99% aka “We the People”: dress however you like to taunt AJ
Paparazzi for Peace: come with a camera to record or take pictures pretending to be paparazzi for Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, etc
Full Description of the project: #ajmia (American Justice Missing in Action) Searching for American Justice is a satire. It highlights the ineffective systems that benefit the 1% and continue to #putprofitoverppl. American Justice (AJ) is a blonde, blind, young and out of touch socialite preoccupied with making cameo appearances. She shows up at Astor Place (NYC) to play a game of dice, with “We the People” and is not well received. She wants to play but the dice have words on them- bad schools, no health care, endless war, etc. “We the People” feel as though she is joking around with their dire circumstances. They teach her a lesson and cure her blindness by making her aware that “chances are”, their dreams are deferred due to her irresponsibility. (AJ) vows to fight inequality and fight for better possibilities.
“I just got off the phone with a representative who wanted to know why I closed my accounts with Bank of America in November. Because I want to see your bank collapse under weight of its own greed” was my response. There was silence.
P.S. My money is now in a small community bank. It seems pretty happy there.”—(via oldenough2burmom) #inbedwith COMMUNITY BANKS and not BOA!!! #banktransferday #ows (via whoareyouinbedwith)
"In bed with community banks, and not bank of America!"
We meet every Thursday at 8pm at Barcade in Brooklyn (388 Union Avenue NY 11211) to brainstorm about new games. Take the L or G to Lorimer and walk a couple blocks. They’ve got arcade games, great beer on tap, and probably a couple dogs. Yes, you can bring your dog!
We’re usually in the back at the big table. We’ll see you there.
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Members of Occupy Charleston “glitter-bombed” Rick Santorum at the tail end of his speech here at the Citadel tonight.
The occupiers, mostly College of Charleston students, shouted “Occupy!” and threw green glitter in the direction of the podium. Police removed the protesters from the event as they yelled “Bigot! Bigot!” and “Occupy is everywhere!”
No glitter was visible on Rick Santorum when he appeared on Fox News directly afterwards.
+5 for Glitter Bombing
+5 for Glittering Rick Santorum
+5 for Mic Checking
-1 for possibly knocking over a stroller (this is unconfirmed)
Total for Charleston Glitter Glamarchy Squad= +14
Any information on the Charleston Glamarchy Squad? We want to send them a gift for their valiant efforts.
@Revplay / #playtogether initiatives are coming soon. Please check back, and send us an email if you have ideas/want to get involved. For now- Sparkle up your own city. Information on the glitter-up link on top.
Returning for the sixth year in a row, Freeze-Tag on Wall Street makes a triumphant return, Occupy Barricades or not. We’ll find a spot to celebrate our favorite schoolyard games in the heart of the Financial District. Freeze Tag, Blob Tag, Wolf Sheep Rock, Red Rover, and more.
Corner of Wall and Broad streets, Manhattan
Note: this event was not organized by Revolutionary Games, but we plan to attend and play!