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  •  We Have Been, We Put Millions In the Streets in (5+ / 0-)
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    There are only 2 things to do in the streets. One is to exercise a moral protest.

    We did that back around Iraq Invasion time; and there've been smaller but very numerous moral protests around the country by Occupy and by labor activists at a number of statehouses.

    The problem is that popular activism over all living memory assumes a government and economy that share many interests with the people. By liberating the rich and globalizing the economy these past 30 years, we've freed ownership and its enterprises from their historic sharing of many interests with the people, and transformed government into a democratic oligarchy that always represents the oligarchs if the interests of the people conflict with that.

    We don't have any experience organizing and resisting a society that's almost entirely against the people, from government to business to finance to security to the public square to institutional culture because the rest of society was working more or less for the people, plus or minus some system design issues.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 06:53:43 PM PDT

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    •  Ooops,The Other THing to Do in the Streets (3+ / 0-)
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      is denial of services. We don't seem to have the numbers to do that especially with near 40% of the people generally regarding us and our values as the cause of all these problems.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 06:54:48 PM PDT

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    •  No is the everyday things that fall our way (3+ / 0-)

      we must stand up to.   Even in a big way.

      We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

      by Vetwife on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 07:01:35 PM PDT

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    •  not the way i remember it (4+ / 0-)
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      In Southern California, those in the streets were the few, the fringe, the sometimes incoherent, when coherent marginalized by the media. I remember attending a meeting arranged with our new Congressman, Adam Schiff, successor to James Rogan. The audience was strongly anti-War, Schiff was uncomfortable and gave us no slogans but insisted that the US had to do something about Iraq and Saddam Hussein, just as he insisted this year that we had to do something about Syria and the government's use of chemical weapons.

      We are always talking about symbols, divided by our divided devices, preaching to the choir. We must reach out to middle Americans who are befuddled by symbols and bogus numbers, the mis-stated hiatus in climate change, worried that the government is spending too much and unable to see a way to help average families, so many of whom have lost health insurance, to help the average woman/single mother increasingly separated from broad spectrum reproductive care, the inner city elementary school child with few chances to climb up into the world of school success.
      We (yes, we) thought that we accomplished something with symbols of resistance in the 60s (but we put off many less educated Americans) thought that we could stop the invasion of Iraq (but we couldn't make average people, frightened by 9/11 and job losses see that the military industrial financial complex was working for an inner circle of investors and corporations to tighten their control over taxes and American life, grabbing an even larger piece of the economic pie).

      The economic recovery is a joke. Median wages have decreased steadily since 1975, medical bankruptcies have increased ten fold. If we can’t get the message of increasing inequality and oppression out to average men and women, in spite of a media that keeps playing the fair and balanced charade, telling us that we’re going great because of greater support for gay marriage (I’m talking NPR not Fox News) we are dead.

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