Dispatches has received a communique from an anonymous collective called OBU. The group has stated that it intends to send Dispatches one section every week of a sixteen-part Manifesto. The Manifesto apparently meditates on the current conjuncture and calls for the formation of a diffused cultural resistance of a brand new kind. The Manifesto as a whole is entitled OBU Manifestos 1-14 (Plus Two OBU Interludes). Here is the first section. We will post further entries as they come in. 

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OBU Manifesto #1 

OBU is a national organization supporting social justice and democracy and opposing tyranny, oligarchy, and racism. It is extraordinary in its effectiveness, cohesiveness, commitment, and imagination.   

OBU does not exist.   

OBU will defend immigrants from deportation. 

OBU members will put their bodies and souls on the line to defend their immigrant brothers and sisters.   

OBU will defend all stigmatized peoples from hate crimes. They will not permit these crimes to happen in their communities or anywhere in this country. 

OBU will defend black people from police violence. 

OBU will protect Muslims, Jews, LBGQT people, women, Native peoples, and the disabled from reactionary violence.   

OBU will come with bodies, minds, and lawyers to prevent this violence; and, if it happens, to provide justice.   

OBU is One Big Union 

OBU is black, Muslim, Jewish, LBGQT, female (and male, and trans), white, Asian, Christian, Native, and disabled. 

OBU believes in the dignity and rights of all human beings.   

OBU is a figment of our imagination.   

OBU is everywhere.   

OBU will bring the battle relentlessly against the oligarchy and plutocracy that characterize the American economic-political system.   

OBU is working people across the United States.   

OBU fights for the Earth, for health-providing ecosystems, and for sustainable economies that allow the planet and its inhabitants to thrive.   

OBU is Oligarchy Busters United 

OBU is workers in unions and workers not in unions and people without jobs.   

OBU believes in the value and dignity of all human labor. 

OBU believes that all work should be fairly remunerated.    

OBU does not believe that the fiction called The Market should determine what forms of work have value and which do not.   

OBU will spread across the country like a mighty stream and remove the unjust from positions of power.   

OBU values righteous anger at oppression and greed. OBU does not value contempt or hatred.   

OBU opposes hypocrisy in all guises and locations.   

OBU is the idea whose time must come.