Advice for activists: 'Shut the f%*k up'

Advice for activists: 'Shut the f%*k up'

June 20, 2022 0 By Ellen Novack

These no-longer-young white people have some extremely good advice for activists in any movement involving direct action or interactions with the police:

Woman: Oh hello!

Man: We were just talking about you kids.

Woman: I’m Denise Heberle …

Man: … and I’m Bill Goodman.

D: Together, we’ve been fighting fascism for over 50 years …

B: … and so much has changed over those 50 years, such as the ingredients to a successful firebomb …

D: … and the glass that bank windows are made of.

B: But there’s one thing that hasn’t changed over 50 years, something that is so important to tell you kids who are new to this movement.

Both: Shut the fuck up.

D: You’re sitting in the police transport van after a protest.

B: Shut the fuck up.

B: In a holding cell with your comrades. 

D: Shut the fuck up.

D: Cop knocks on your door.

B: Shut the fuck up.

D: Texting on an unsecured device.

B: Shut the fuck up.

B: Pulled over by the cops after a protest.

D: Shut the fuck up.

D: Cop just asking about your day. 

B: Shut the fuck up.

B: Feds call your mom?

D: Tell your mother to shut the fuck up.

B: Now, repeat after me: when the cops come calling, what do you do?

Group of younger people: Shut the fuck up.

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