There is plenty going on today, coach sign ups, people coming for a visit, new plans for awesome stuff and so much more. People are waking up now and supposed to be tidying up, whether that happens or not, we will have to see. As another day starts, the long negotiation begins for yet another “what is next for the occupation” period, which is deeply annoying as far activists, doing things sounds like a lot of work and we are tired. In a happy productive way but still, tired, moving, generally considering the big picture, not really on the cards.
We have been so focused on the bigger political picture of late, it is hard to reign it back in and remember, there are things which are close to home which really need attention. Also, it is all very well considering the big picture of political ideology but put simply, when you have a meeting considering the political ideologies of the nature of tory attacks on the poor, very little else actually gets said. It is important to fight every cut we can but at the end of the day, what is going to yield more positive results, getting people involved and working to oppose these cuts together or deciding which tory cut is the worst and should be opposed? There are many levels to this and if there is anything that we feel people should take from this troubling time, it should be that if you ignore politics too much, people with very grey suits and blue ties will shaft you when you are not looking.
There has been a lot of talk of whether the Trinity student is apathetic because of TV, the internet, social disillusionment, bad parenting, good parenting, generational attitude, booze, lack of interaction, hyperactivity, the moral and social degradation of society or something else and the answer seems to be “yes”! It is really easy to blame the student but actually, when you consider most of those things on there they are things which society is as to blame for. It is certainly students fault they are not getting involved with a wider movement happening all around them, it is just bizarre that a student can see national demo’s, threat of strike action, national standstill talked about and even right wing reactionary newspapers talking about the biggest financial crisis this generation has ever seen, including the banking crisis with that hilarious bank bailout punchline, then yeah, that is pretty hard to say “it’s societies fault” but we did let it happen.
It seems to have reached the point where some students are driving themselves crazy with worry and others have opted for the denial option, which is lovely for them but at the same time, when it hits we are all in trouble. Head in the sand or not. So, how do you get these more apathetic students to pay attention? Well, the ones that are saying “you know what? If the tories say I need to go tens of thousands into debt before my life starts kind of deserve it, so let them get on with it. A life of diddling the maid, illicit liaisons with someone they will only ever refer to as “the staff” and sherry with the corgies and whatnot awaits. Except it doesn’t really does it? The chances are at best they are middle class and they are being hit by this as well. So, unless daddy is a banker or a cabinet minister, this is going to hit you hard, if you don’t want to see that, then great. Have a happy life but please, when you can’t afford a house when you leave uni, don’t complain to us as we will be apathetic to your whining. Karma.
The point of this somewhat obfuscated rant is that there are people who care, people who don’t, people who know what is going on and those that don’t but WE are in this together and WE need to work to at least make people realise the choices they are making. It is easy to achieve this by shouting, ranting, screaming, protesting, political strategising but realistically, that is only going to reach some of society, so we are working on alternative methods to at least get people the chance they deserve to combat these cuts or at the least be able to plan what is going to happen to them in the next couple of years. It is not even as much about blame as it sounds from this rant, it is just frustration, we know what is coming and are worried, not just for us but for them too. We literally do face a dangerous and turbulent time and with nearly all the unions talking of national action, dispute, direct action, civil disobedience and beyond, people better at least be able to take out their own bin, drive their own trains and have a favourite looting brick, cause that is what is coming if there is not significant movement between now and the end of the year. It is the time of the protest again and it is never pretty, just look at France, Greece, Germany, Tunisia, Gaza and everyone else who is on their feet at the minute.
We are still privileged compared to many places in the world at the moment but that is no reason to remain feeling we are comfortable, the students responsible for Gaza Youth Break Out (GYBO) http://www.facebook.com/update_security_info.php?wizard=1#!/pages/Gaza-Youth-Breaks-Out-GYBO/118914244840679 are some of the bravest and most inspiring people in the world. If you can’t support us, then please, consider what you are willing to do for your rights, read their manifesto and send them some support because they need it more than we do and honestly, they need it.
Please also have a look at our amazing friend’s sites:
http://www.anniebritton.wordpress.com Is one of our new friends, check out her blog.
http://natebearart.com/ – awesome artist who designed a poster for the occupation and is literally one of the nicest people on the planet! We love Nate Bear! He also resulted in Tanis being referred to forever as Scarfy