K Rd Occupied by Street Party
Doug Weatherall captured these images of Saturday's "Reclaim the Streets" style street party in Karangahape Rd, Tamaki Makaurau.
"A revolution without dancing is a revolution not worth having" - Emma Goldman
The occupation of K Rd was protesting against the privatisation of the public commons, also known euphemistically as "State assets":, even though they belong to we the public, not the state who simply manage them for us, and they are shared resources which should be managed for the benefit of all, not "assets".
This action was a good sign of what is to come if the government pushed ahead with hocking off control of our collective property. If Mighty River Power is the first on the auction block, I will be joining the Switch Off Mercury campaign, switching to another publicly-owned power company, and encouraging others to do the same. I will also be contacting hapū on the Waikato, whose water rights are under threat of being sold off along with Mighty River Power, and offering support of an occupation of land surrounding Mighty River facilities. Perhaps if investors see we are serious about protecting our natural resources from corporate raiders, they will hesitate to buy shares.
This is only stage one of the anti-privatization campaign though. The next step is to convert all "State-Owned Enterprises", "Crown Research Institutes", Universities, and all other public resources and institutions which have been corporatized back into not-for-profit organisations, sustainably serving the public good first, aiming to cover costs second, and aiming to make a profit not at all.
Aotearoa Is Not For Sale!