I Won't Occupy

by Kim Tran

Because occupation began in 1492.
Because occupation is what’s happening in Okinawa, Guam, and Hawaii, built on brown bodies and lives.
Because it’s too hard to hear today’s protest chants of “we are the 99” over the screaming of history’s tanks and artillery.
Because occupation is how I locate my body in hostile American terrain as having known hunger, poverty and alienation.
No, I won’t occupy.
But the sound of sirens and crunch of army and police boots strike a similar note.
But the sensation of hunger and joblessness are all too familiar.
But the violence against bodies and livelihoods causes us to
Bleed the same.
While, I will not occupy, I will stand with you--use my body as a barricade in allegiance with yours.
Against the violence of militarism, capitalism, white supremacy, patriarchy and homophobia.
Against the violence of war, the destruction of land, and the rape of bodies.
No, I will not occupy, but I will stand with you. I will chant slogans and hold signs because together, if you listen and I speak, we can end occupation.

Occupy Oakland. General Strike, November 2nd, 2011. 5pm, 14th and Broadway.

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About Kim Tran

Originally from San Jose, California, Kim Tran is a proud survivor of California's public schools and universities who aspires to think alongside young people in classrooms and community. While her work features many themes, it consistently privileges lived experience as a means of understanding with the world. Currently, Kim can be found roaming the halls of UC Berkeley as a graduate student in the Ethnic Studies Department., She can be found at http://kimtranpoetry.webs.com/contact