This is a blog about a cultural response to living in the US empire. Last Fall, I threw in my lot with artists and performers who’d formed a small group in Brooklyn in support of Occupy Wall Street. Our group got named the Brooklyn Culture Jammers, and because there was a pre-existing group called Move For Change, we’re an amalgamated group now.
Nobody would care about what we thought about the world and the Occupy Movement, but on March 18, I performed a short play about Occupy called HOW TO STOP THE EMPIRE WHILE KEEPING YOUR DAY JOB. It took off and got a following. And our group is now touring this play along with one about Monsanto and genetically engineered food called A GOOD DAY TO PIE, which was based on a group called the Biotic Baking Brigade and their ‘pie attack’ on the CEO of Monsanto. And I’ve revived an old play of mine called A CLOWN, A HAMMER, A BOMB, AND GOD. This is based on the actions of Father Carl Kabat–on Good Friday 1994 (which fell on April Fool’s day), Kabat dressed as a clown and broke into a missile base in North Dakota, where he proceeded to disable a Minuteman missile by hammering the silo rail shut. Kabat is part of the Plowshares movement of activists who disarm weapons of mass destruction in obedience to Isaiah’s entreaty to ‘turn swords into Plowshares’. My partner in this effort, Kathleen Stansell, is also creating dance pieces about Monsanto and the changes in the food supply.
So this blog goes on until 1) the Occupy movement burns out; or 2) the Empire falls; or 3) nobody cares what we think anymore.