skewed views of camp casey from outside
cassandra is apparently going to ask me what I see of Camp Casey from the outside
one thing I found googling last night was some bloggery about Camp Casey having been taken over by COINTELPRO. It's a conspiracy theory critcial of the organizers at Campy Casey and the Crawford Peace House. This kind of indignant nit-picking of how the movement is run (while not doing any of the heavy lifting) makes progressives look like a bunch of fucking morons
Benfrank's COINTELPRO article reads like a a brilliant piece of COINTELPRO reverse-psychology propaganda, by the way.
cassandra mentioned on the phone that every day they have a volunteer circle ("who's going to clean the toilets today?") and the bloggers never volunteer ("their contribution to the cause is their blogging")
Jesus Christ, are they all Howard Zinns? I'm having a a hard time finding these blogs from Camp Casey, frankly.
Reminds me of a sign in the collective (and I do mean that kind of collective) kitchen at the San Francisco Mime Troupe, posted over the sink: "the revolution can't start until you do your own dishes")
it dismays me that people are criticizing the "leaders" of Camp Casey for not making Joan Baez's folksy nightly jams into a Lollapalooza to bring in the left-leaning kiddies.
it is a vigil. what do you want to celebrate? it's not a party.
i know cassandra is working really fucking hard there and that she just walked up and asked "what needs to be done" without ego (and because she feels for all the losses of this war everyday, and we do not have "skin in the game" either- but every day we are living lives during wartime and she needed to go and do whatever needs to be done) - and i can imagine that to some lazy blogger sitting at their laptop imagining they're creating the "Crisis Papers" of our time, feeling a little guilty watching the worker bees scurry about, that our cassandra may have become one of the more visible ones, one of the "bosses", and you are directing your lazy venom towards her
get off your ass and do it better or shut up. you're fucking up a movement that is so essential to soul of our nation
remember- this could be a turning point
not in our name's blogger Jeff Patterson's Campy Casey pages with photos. i hope he's picking up after himself.