Skip to main content

If you know me by now, you know I care deeply about the issues. The reason you know me is because I do not wear a mask.

I am asking you to be fearless.

I am asking you to be accountable.

I am asking you to lose the masks.

When we put our faces out in the world we put a face on human suffering and economic exploitation. The issues can not have a human face if the people fighting for those issues hide behind masks.

When we take off our masks we are stronger.

The violence that has plagued Occupy Wall Street can not be ignored. That violence has largely been committed by people in masks. The consequences have mostly been suffered by people who do not wear masks. This is wrong.

Breaking a window doesn't change a damned thing. Throwing things doesn't make anything better. All it does is hurt, it hurts the movement, it hurts our fellow brothers and sisters, and it hurts the very small businessmen and workers who we are fighting for, it hurts the very communities we are trying to protect, and it gives our corrupt opposition all the resources they need to drown us in a bathtub. The people within the Occupy movement who wear masks and break things are carrying the water that will fill the bathtub we are to be drowned in by their own actions. I want accountability.

But before we can have accountability from a corrupt system, we must strive for accountability among ourselves.

More below the fold

Now, I'm just one guy, so this is just my personal opinion, but I think that if Occupy Wall Street is going to have any lasting power we have to lose the masks, all of us. If your anonymity is more important to you than the movement you might be more effective within the movement by staying home and doing what you can for the movement behind the scenes (trust me, there is a lot of work to be done behind the scenes, we could use some help!) Yes, we want to hear your voice, but I want to see your face too. When you wear a mask it says that you have something to hide. We should have nothing to hide. The facts are on our side. Justice is on our side. History is on our side. We don't need to hide, in fact, it does us more harm than good in my opinion.

If we are not transparent, if we do not hold everyone accountable how can we demand transparency and accountability, even from a corrupt system? This is true of all of us, for those outside the Occupy Wall Street movement and most importantly from those within it.

If you come to an Occupy event to throw a brick and hide behind the mask, I want you to go to jail. I want you to be held accountable. If you don't want to go to jail don't throw bricks. It's that simple. And if that is all you have to add to the conversation we don't need you there, in my opinion. You're not helping.

We should be building a foundation for the 99% with our bricks, not throwing them at windows.

We should be fearless. We should put our own faces on the injustices we stand against. Income inequality in America is an injustice. Police brutality is an injustice. Our corrupt and bribery based political system is an injustice, there are too many injustices to count, but we lose all of our righteousness, we lose all of our power when we put a mask on and hide our faces. We should be fearlessly putting our own faces on that injustice, because the reality is, V for Vendetta wasn't a movement, it was a movie, and no one ever changed the world for the better and gave their life for a cause in a way that inspired millions while hiding behind a mask.

Dear Occupy Wall Street, you are right on the issues. You have justice on your side. Lose the masks. Our power is multiplied when we put a human face on what we stand for. The masks are only silencing your voices.

In my neighborhood someone wrote on a wall, "Take the bricks they throw at you and build your castle with them." That is what bricks are for.

Masks, on the other hand, are great for movies, but they are useless for movements in my honest opinion.

Peace and love to all,

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

You can follow me on twitter at @JesseLaGreca

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences