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  •  I will be there, but I have a question: (2+ / 0-)
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    Glen The Plumber, citisven

    What is the purpose of these types of rallies, protest marches?

    This is a question I've been asking myself for years.  I've attended many protests through the years; some of them huge, like the one in San Francisco protesting the war in Iraq.

    What I see is that there is a lot of preparation for the day of the protest, and then when the day comes, it is usually ignored or under-reported by the media, and once people go home, nothing changes.

    When we are out there marching, holding signs, chanting, who are we trying to reach, to influence?

    Not the government, nor business interests, right?  You know how it goes... Big Oil/Corporate Interests own the politicians, and together they make up what is essentially a corrupt Oligarchy.  So they could care less if 10 people or 50,000 get together for a one-day march.

    Not the public, driving by, since there hasn't been a relentless effort by activists organizations to engage in a well-coordinate, non-stop counter-propaganda campaign.

    I don't want to discourage anybody.  I'm just interested in having this discussion with somebody involved in organizing these types of actions.

    •  well, speaking from my recent experience (3+ / 0-)
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      Words In Action, ludlow, Ray Pensador

      of organizing a "Bike the Math" ride to Chevron shareholder meeting, what we got out of it was our photo on top of a news article that was generally biased towards Chevron. Also, a bunch of people who had never done anything like it who were inspired to do more. Plus lots of fun and a big racket at Chevron's front door. Sure, it didn't shut down Chevron, but it gave notice that there are people who are willing to come out and speak out. I don't want to weigh one against the other, but to me being out there felt more powerful than blogging. Ultimately, we need it all, every little act to chip away at the powers that be.

      bike-the-math_chron2

      Ecology is the new Economy

      by citisven on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 11:38:32 PM PDT

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