Blowing Up is Hard to Do

Pa and Ma’s Pipeline Conversion

Illustration by Susie Day.

You see, real violence comes from corporations and governments that create droughts and floods and storms that starve and displace millions. Then there’s the ongoing killings of environmental activists, called ecoterrorists by the state. Above all, Ma, we got to see that there’s a difference between violence done to sentient beings and the property damage of protests that disrupts business-as-usual.

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Susie Day has written about prison issues since 1988, when she began reporting on the cases of people charged with political protest acts, one of them, Marilyn Buck. Her book, The Brother You Choose: Paul Coates and Eddie Conway Talk About Life, Politics, and The Revolution, was published by Haymarket Books in 2020.

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