They're at it again. Last week, the Earth First! group in Berkeley parked an (apparently running) 1982 diesel Power Ram 50 next to Ashby BART and proceeded to smash it with axes, sledge hammers, and dropkicks, littering the area with shards of glass, metal, and plastics. Earlier this year, the same group organized Berkeley's Fossil Fools Day "action," which consisted of white college-aged bicyclists in sweater vests laughing at people in older cars and those who had to fill up their tanks during rush hour, even going so far as to put up false "out of order" signs on the downtown gas stations, making people drive farther out of their way to fill up before going home.
Damn son, you better hope that shit ain't runnin.
When we went down to pick-n-pull last month to pull parts for our truck, and they didn't have the right year for what we needed after an hour of looking through the jungle of car after car, that shit ruined our day. The way we see it, these fuckers owe someone a new windshield, a new hood, two doors, a radiator, headlights, and the list goes on. At least give that shit away on craigslist! That shit ran on diesel fool! We coulda run that thing on veggie oil and never paid for gas again. What on earth would posses these fucking hippies to destroy a perfectly good compact pickup? Hmmm...
Sadly, we're not surprised. In April, they laughed at us for actually driving home from work instead of biking or walking because we can't afford to live where the jobs are. Now, they're saying the cars we drive aren't good because we can't get the $20,000+ loan for a new prius.
It's time for some real talk. This kind of ritualized spectacle aimed at making poor people feel bad serves only to reinforce the false blame mentality of green capitalism, where it is our fault as consumers for not buying the "greenest" products, or using too much water, or driving to work, rather than their fault for pumping carcinogens into the air, for blowing the tops off of once-great mountains, or enforcing the relationships which keep us in this cycle of perpetual poverty. Earth First Means Social War, motherfucker.