Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Think Globally, Protest Locally: That's Revolting! Author Matt Bernstein Sycamore (Whose Pen Name Is Mattilda) Provides a Handy Checklist of Items No Queer Activist Should Be Without

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Think Globally, Protest Locally: That's Revolting! Author Matt Bernstein Sycamore (Whose Pen Name Is Mattilda) Provides a Handy Checklist of Items No Queer Activist Should Be Without

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In 1992 at the age of 19, I was not naive enough to believe that voting for Bill Clinton would result in political change for the better; I bought the line that we had to "get Bush out." When Clinton succeeded in dismantling welfare to an extent that Republicans had only dreamed of, and radical queer activism virtually disappeared from the political landscape, I knew that I could never again vote for the lesser of two evils.

My book tour for That's Revolting! began one month before last fall's "election," and I scandalized some audience members (and thrilled others) by saying that when we're presented with no real choice, the only choice is not to vote.

After the Greater Evil triumphed, some predicted a new wave of radical queer direct action. I must say that audiences on the second half of my tour (after Bush won) spoke more about disruption and resistance. Everyone has their own techniques, but here are 10 things that might be useful for any direct-action troublemaker:

1 Access to free photocopying. This is a great opportunity for your Mend with a corporate job to help out.

2 Art supplies for banners, posters, fliers, signs, stencils, effigies, and anything else you might need at a protest.

3 Wheat paste. Political flyers get torn down fast (especially in the "gayborhood"), so everything in public spaces should be as permanent as possible. Wheat paste can be made very easily with flour and water--just mix one part flour to three parts water, stir until blended, and then heat on the stove until it thickens. …

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