Saturday, November 26, 2016

More excerpts from writer Rachel Monroe’s article in the Oxford American titled, “Monkeywrench”

To read the entire article which is quite lengthy, very well written, and highly entertaining, use this link. Two more excerpts from the article are below.
 
Remember the Anarchist (“I’m Chuck Bass”) running for a seat on the Lake Worth City Commission? The ‘musical’ that had so many people concerned? The article by Rachel Monroe is a look back to those heady days leading up to the elections last March. Bonus! Read about the Anarchists’ honorary “Wes Blackman Memorial Shitter” in the second excerpt below:

     “Most people in the room were not Floridians; instead, they lived in fringe towns—Ithaca, Bloomington, Oakland—where the rent was cheap enough that radical politics could flourish. They wore black boots and rode bikes; they all seemed to know each other from protests and actions and summers spent picking blueberries in Maine.
     They were here because, in October 2015, just as the winter chill had started to creep into people’s bones, a flyer began circulating among activists, inviting anyone willing and able to travel to sunny Lake Worth for the month of February ‘to help devise, build, perform and otherwise scheme on’ a musical that celebrated the history and philosophy of the radical environmental group Earth First! (In 2010, Earth First! had moved its publishing operation from Tucson to Lake Worth, making the town the de facto headquarters of the diffuse, controversial organization.) ‘The show will involve audiences writing to political prisoners, cast members repelling [sic] down cardboard redwoods, and seating based on willingness to risk arrest,’ the flyer promised. ‘Hurrah!’ ”

[later, near the end of the article. . .]

     “I left Florida early the next morning. When I talked to Donna later, I learned that during the remaining weeks of rehearsal, Wes Blackman doubled down on his angry blog posts; there was no question of inviting him to watch the musical. There’s an Earth First! tradition of naming the toilet in honor of the enemy of the moment, and so at the final performance in late February, the musical’s audience was invited to use the Wes Blackman Memorial Shitter.
     In March, Ryan Hartman lost the election by a 2-to-1 margin.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for re-posting. I had no idea what a "shit-show" local politics could be until all of this.