conflating absence with political power
seeing tweets like this give me strong disagreements about the efficacy of a one-day boycott as a tactic (that conflates absence with political power) to challenge a settler colonial state, whether it's a day without immigrants or the women’s strike:
1) this settler colonial state, through its illegal occupation of land is fundamentally dependent on the replacement of Indigenous populations with an invasive settler society. settler colonialism is an ongoing invasion that renders entire peoples disposable in pursuit of expansion -- this violent use of “disappearance” is absolutely central and continues daily - morphing from deportations to pipeline expansions to privatization to the gentrification of Black and Brown neighborhoods to the violent disposing of human beings into out-of-sight prison camps or immigrant detention centers. it often feels that performative acts of withdrawal place the burden of accommodating settler sovereignty onto marginalized peoples, who would have to miss a day of wages under already perilous and often dangerous economic/employment circumstances. meanwhile, white settlers, already buffered by economic privilege achieved via exploitation, may be temporarily annoyed that XYZ is closed today, but they will surely accommodate to and eventually profit from these perceived absences in the same way they've been doing for centuries all over stolen continents.
2) the right to human dignity is not tied to your productivity as assessed by empire. if you are undocumented & unemployed, or a womxn & unemployed, you are not not less deserving than someone who is employed or in school. the fact that amerikkkan capitalist society struggles to operate without the exploitation of labor should not be framed as a measure of our value, instead it should directly critique a failing capitalist empire that cannot function without necessitating the mass suffering of oppressed people. settlers considered slaves to be valuable labor commodities, and womxn have been doing the invisible, crucial labor of holding up the sky for thousands of years -- labor value has *no* correlation to our worth/deserving of human dignity -- we are infinitely and incomparably more valuable than any connotation of capital.
** HOWEVER a sustained withdrawal, i am entirely for -- but this requires a radically different approach and framework. it is not about leaving, it is about going somewhere new altogether. it would necessitate that there is an alternative from the state to turn to. what would that look like? can we build it? these are the questions i'm here for. our power is not our absence but our presence -- in our ability to imagine and build new worlds outside of empire. it would mean leaving capitalism behind, and all its violent organs, that collectively determine who in this world deserves dignity, freedom, love -- how much of each, for how long, and at what price.