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    BlueEyed In NC

    Protests do NOTHING as far as I can tell.  Higher ups get annoyed.  Homeland Security gets called in.  And eventually there are pictures and videos of cops beating the shit out of peaceful young people.  And not even those prompt any police reform.

    A protest is a place.  An action.  Something that's temporary.  People go home afterwards.

    Political reform is a marathon.  And we need people to live their lives in a state of revolution.  

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    Organize.

    If you look at media event protests by the leaders of, say, 350.org, the main problem's exactly that: it's a professional media event.

    There's no critical mass.  No one worried about their family's housing or food or their job's got the time to care about some people getting their pictures taken getting arrested, whether it's in front of the white house or on a college campus.  

    On smaller scales protests are irrelevant.  

    If you want to build an organization to advocate for some group of people, those people have to WANT you as their advocate.  If you want an audience to expand political consciousness, you need an audience who already feels you're on their side and are an important part of their lives.

    Make sure they're fed, housed, and clothed.  With the SNAP cutbacks food is particularly important right now.  I'm not going to flesh out the how: where does the money come from?  How can you talk people not into donating cans at food drives but the employees at grocery stores to channel the extra food free of charge to those who need it.  Be there passing out the food.  Raise political consciousness there.

    When you're in a neighborhood and you provide some food support to 50% of the people living there (plenty of poor neighborhoods are dependent on SNAP) you can raise political consciousness and block evictions and foreclosures by filling the streets, using the mere presence of people's bodies to impede the violence capitalism brings to the most vulnerable.  You can form networks to provide the structure for neighborhoods to organize temporary housing, childcare support, everything.  You can build the socialist state from the ground up.  Unemployment turns into in-neighborhood volunteer work.  Then you can move from the homes of the working class to the workplace, expanding people's rights through collective action called for by leadership they trust.  Because the leadership has earned the trust.

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