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  •  We need to teach some of the OccupyX's MLK's way (3+ / 0-)
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    to protest non-violently through appropriate civil disobedience.

    The best example is to think about Rosa Parks and the Birmingham Bus Boycott.

    Organizers, led by Martin Luther King, Jr. used nonviolent direct action tactics to defy laws they considered unfair. King summarized the philosophy of the Birmingham campaign when he said: "The purpose of ... direct action is to create a situation so crisis-packed that it will inevitably open the door to negotiation".

    Yes, the protests eventually resulted in violence. MLK's home and church got bombed. Many boycotters were physically attacked. The protesters disobeyed only one law. The racist Birminham bus seating ordinance. When the City Council jacked up the price of a taxi ride for black people in retaliation, the protesters stopped riding the taxis, too. Some went out of business as a result. I less than a year, the Birmingham bus law was changed.

    The reason that this particular technique worked so well is that it was entirely peaceful. There were no incidents of a violent reaction or lawbreaking by any protester. MLK spent jail time and raised awareness of discrimination throughout the country.

    The reason was that people generally believed that black people were stupid and violent. MLK show the World that this wasn't true.

    As you wrote,

    Nonviolence gives us power.

    A handful of people have it all wrong.

    Just because violence occurred, this does not mean that it MUST occur to have a successful outcome. Yes, the police arrests help the cause by making the story newsworthy. But this doesn't justify violating unrelated laws in order to provoke arrests. This is false logic.

    The Color Of Change organization was instrumental in getting the evil Glenn Beck off of Faux Noise. We don't recognize that this is a successful protest, rather, the talking heads wonder if he had stepped over some sort of line and got is boss upset. We know it was Color Of Change and their well managed advertisor boycott.

    By the way, the people who are calling this a "police state" have no clue what that would be like. None. They have no idea that this has been very non-violent so far. A false belief that more violence will help the "cause" is just trying to be a martyr. This will cause the whole movement to be hijacked into a place that nobody wants it to go.

    When the police want you to move your tents off of public property, just do it. They are NOT violating your rights. When you refuse a police order, you will get arrested. But you aren't disobeying a law that you want to change. The fact is that you are violating other people's rights, the other members of the public who have their right to the use public property. The ordinances are there to protect everyone's rights. Think about it for a few minutes.... I'll wait.....

    Pick your fights.

    "Keep your eyes on the prize". - MLK

    "All people are born alike - except Republicans and Democrats" - Groucho Marx

    by GrumpyOldGeek on Sun Oct 16, 2011 at 01:13:57 PM PDT

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