Filed under: Action, Anti-fascist, Central, Queer, Trans
Downtown Dallas was a veritable Red, White and bleh parade of liberal and hetero normative patriotism Saturday. But out of the fray an anti fascist pastel Bloc emerged with a message to the liberal organizers and residents of Dallas and beyond:
We do not have to surrender who we are to have the right to exist. We fight for a world where Queer, Undocumented, Black, Trans, Muslim or poor people not only have the right to survive but to thrive.
We recognize there can be no peace with the violent state that upholds this violent capitalist white supremacist system.
Since the Dallas Mega March was mostly oppressed people in Dallas, we did not want to come in traditional bloc attire, as there was a potential to alienate the masses. The liberal organizers, who chose to make the red, white, and blue dress code mandatory, also chose to exclude the LGBTQIA community. Just to reiterate, forcing people to abandon their cultures and customs to be seen more “American” is racist as shit. So following other comrades examples, we decided that a Pastelitxs Bloc would serve our uses best.
- It would seem nonthreatening/family friendly
- It would preserve our anonymity
- It makes us look fresh af
For the most part this was the case. However we did receive some literal push-back from the boot-licking vigilante group, Guardian Angels. While many of their membership saw it fit to throw elbows at us, we kept as cool as our pastels and continued on without further pig or wannabe pig harassment.
The pigs however were extra prepared with bullet proof vests, Kevlar helmets, helicopters, etc.
The march ended at Dallas City Hall™ where we witnessed more patriotic nausea. Including multiple pledges of allegiances and national anthems. During the nationalistic propaganda our cadre hit the megaphones asking in Spanish, “What good is the national anthem if my family gets deported?” and “Will singing this stop la migra?”. No answers from the attendees either. We didn’t understand the necessity for the multiple incantations of the anthem and pledge, but we figure like prayers, chants and petitions; repetition increases it’s power? We guess?!