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  •  Flipping through the channel guide (10+ / 0-)

    I stopped on the Smithsonian channel for a little bit of history. Seizing Justice: The Greensboro 4. (You can watch it on-line at the link)

    n February of 1960, a simple coffee order at America's favorite five-and-dime store sparked a series of events that would help put an end to segregation in the United States. Join us as we detail the extraordinary story of otherwise ordinary young men, four African-American college students whose nonviolent sit-in at a Woolworth's lunch counter started a revolution.
    Four college freshman said "Fuck it! We're going to do something." And a movement spread throughout the south.

    Best anecdote was when a little old white lady sitting at the end of the counter got and walked over to them. They thought "Oh crap, this is not good." She leaned over and whispered into the ear of one of them and said; "I'm so proud of you. I wish this would have happened ten years ago."

    Help me to be the best Wavy Gravy I can muster

    by BOHICA on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 05:51:39 AM PST

    •  Direct action (8+ / 0-)

      People who poo poo protesting, direct action, civil disobedience are foolish, imho.  You never know when some protest action is going to bear fruit, start a movement, raise awareness, etc.  

      For example, the Keystone pipeline activism is the only reason I know much of anything about that monstrous project.  I know that is the case for many more. That huge project was going on for years, quietly, even though it required an immense amount of planning and logisitics, etc.  When you look at the size of the earth movers and trucks, for example.  It's astounding.  Anyway KXL also gave people something to rally around.

      Occupy dragged the issue of inequality and bank fraud back into the spotlight, much to the chagrin of the financial services industry and the politicians.   It also gave people something to rally around.

      The Greensboro 4 raised awareness of the absurd unfairness of segregation, racism and made a lot of people say "enough already".  And it gave people something to rally around, and changed the country.

      "Justice is a commodity"

      by joanneleon on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 06:17:10 AM PST

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