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 writes about prison, policing, and political activism. She’s also written political satire, a collection of which, Snidelines: Talking Trash to Power, was published in 2014. In 2020, her book, The Brother You Choose: Paul Coates and Eddie Conway Talk About Life, Politics, and The Revolution was published by Haymarket. She lives in New York City with her partner, the infamous Laura Whitehorn.

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