Join us Sunday 7/24: Flyer bus routes around Metro service cuts


Friends of BOC in Seattle,

Join us on Sunday 7/24, to flyer on bus routes around the impending cuts to Metro! 16% cuts to Metro, and many of us working people, youth, unemployed, people with disabilities, elderly, womyn, are gonna lose our primary/only way to get around the sprawl that is King County!

Sunday 7/24
2:00pm – approx 4pm

Meeting spot: 3rd and Pike bus-stop (outside Walgreens downtown)
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=125532010869846


Depending on how many people show up, we will split up into teams and flyer on the bus routes that are slated to be cut. This is the list of routes facing cuts:

2, 4, 7ex, 14, 15ex, 18, 22, 23, 25, 26, 28, 34, 35, 38, 42, 43, 45, 46, 51, 53, 55, 57, 66ex, 67, 68, 72, 73, 79, 81, 85, 99, 110, 116ex, 118ex, 119ex, 129, 133, 134, 139, 152, 157, 162, 167, 173, 175, 179, 196, 210, 211, 213, 219, 237, 242, 243, 250, 252, 257, 260, 265, 268, 277, 280, 308, 901, 908, 910, 912, 913, 914, 916, 918, 919, 925, & 927

Looking forward to being on the streets with you again!!

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2 Responses to Join us Sunday 7/24: Flyer bus routes around Metro service cuts

  1. Ben Seattle says:

    First, I am sorry to hear about the arrests of your comrades and friends last night. I know that this is very much on your mind.

    The background to this, in my view, is that we have no organization that can help us sort out the tactics that will lead to the development of a healthy and powerful revolutionary mass movement. In the meantime, groups of activists are experimenting, and learning how to be effective, and how to avoid the reformist and sectarian diseases.

    We will learn how to do this. We will create the kinds of organizations which we need. All our dreams will be realized.

    I am glad you were able to carry out the leafleting that you planned for today. This small action, by itself, is inspiring to me, because it shows you are on the right track.

    I ran into another group earlier this afternoon at Cal Anderson Park, collecting signatures for a petition to the King County Council against the transit cuts. Your approach, focused on giving leaflets to the people who take the bus, will prove to be more powerful.

    In addition, there are other things you are doing that are right:

    *** You are working on what is often called a “partial demand”. The revolutionary movement will be built largely on the basis of countless struggles for partial demands. The term “partial demand” means the same thing as “reform”, but has the advantage of being less likely to be confused with a term which sounds similar: “reformism”.

    *** I liked the conclusion of your leaflet: “Transportation is a basic human need–it should be free, and it should be run and organized by working people to meet our own needs.”

    This is a call for going beyond a partial demand. This is a call for a world run by the working class, a world of peace, abundance and genuine community for all. It is good you included it. Our movement will learn to skillfully combine (ie: marry):

    (1) the struggles for partial demands today with
    (2) the long-term goal of the overthrow of the system of bourgeois rule
    and the development of an economy which is not based on commodity
    production. And it will be _this_ long-term goal which will grow
    in the hearts and inspire the sacrifices of millions.

    Many experienced people in the movement will, most likely, attempt to convince you to trim your sails. They will tell you that there are all kinds of things you can accomplish (and all kinds of support that will come your way) if only you become “realistic” and avoid “turning people off” with talk of overthrowing the class rule of the bourgeoisie.

    Don’t believe them.

    If we want to raise the consciousness of the masses, we must tell them the bitter truth–about everything. And this will be what upsets the “power brokers” of the movement and their clueless, self-absorbed flunkies. We cannot raise the consciousness of the masses without “turning off” the social strata who work, above all, to keep the masses ignorant and passive.

    * * * *

    I do not know how the struggle against transit cuts, or any particular struggle, will develop. I do not know the level of consciousness, or pain, related to the transit cuts that exists among the masses, or what particular demands may (or may not) be achievable at this time. I do know that the best way to find out–is to do what you are doing. And, whatever the outcome of this particular campaign, it is valuable for your group to gain this kind of experience. You are talking to ordinary people–and learning from them. So even if the results of your work on this front turn out to be modest–this kind of work is a necessary and valuable part of a protracted struggle to build organization with the ability to marry the struggles of today with a long-term vision of a world that is not under the class rule of the bourgeoisie.

    So keep up the good work. Harassment (and the recent beatings and arrests) by the police are difficult and painful to deal with, but the experience of the movement shows that these kinds of things, in the long run, are more like speed bumps than insurmountable obstacles. What is holding us back, more than anything, is our ignorance. And this is what we can and will overcome.

    All the best,
    Ben Seattle

  2. mamos206 says:

    Thanks Ben, we appreciate the support and advice. I definitely agree with you about this: “You are talking to ordinary people–and learning from them. So even if the results of your work on this front turn out to be modest–this kind of work is a necessary and valuable part of a protracted struggle to build organization with the ability to marry the struggles of today with a long-term vision of a world that is not under the class rule of the bourgeoisie.” That’s what we have in mind – organizing our group around the related tasks of learning from, and sharing knowledge with the rest of the working class. Kind of like Pedagogy of the Oppressed (learn from oppressed people about struggles they are already facing) plus What Is To Be Done (agitate oppressed people with an explicitly, uncompromising revolutionary perspective). Each approach has its problems… simply asking people to share their experiences does not necessarily advance the struggle and it can set us up as kind of outside / alienated anthropologists pretending to be objective instead of fellow working people, fellow oppressed people struggling together for revolution. Simply agitating fellow workers with revolutionary perspectives can turn into a kind of dogmatic characterature of Leninism where we just push our literature on folks in an elitist way, without any attempt to learn from the struggles they’re already conducting. Combining these two is powerful and it helps the group grow by avoiding these pitfalls.

    Frank, for all of our disagreements in the previous debate about the vanguard party on here, I agree with your advice about organizing ourselves and the inner life of our group around the consistent task of agitating large numbers of working class folks with an explicitly revolutionary perspective on whatever issues and events are developing locally and internationally. This is our goal. We don’t have the resources to publish a newsletter, extensive video project, series of pamphlets, or flyers on every issue… but we are starting with some achievable, realistic goals in this regard and are meeting those goals, which is a good start. We are coupling this with study groups aimed to develop ourselves and our friends to a high level of theoretical clarity, but we are also taking your advice and recognizing that we don’t need to have everything theoretically worked out before we attempt to engage in class struggles right now, like we are doing around the transit struggle or the anti-police brutality struggle.

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