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  •  We need to be creative, and link (4+ / 0-)
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    shpilk, Moody Loner, blueness, chesapeake

    street actions to other educational experiences so that citizens realize they are not isolated, and can focus their energies in productive political action.

    Effective street protests originally were home-grown affairs that reflected an angry and unified community, and were not overly focused on creating a mass-media impact. Quite often, in pre-MSM eras, the powers that be would wait out the situation, and an army would come in a year or two later and restore the old order (I'm thinking of various medieval and more recent uprisings).

    The free-speech, information sharing, and linking of concerned citizens that blogs support, and a return to block-by-block community building are only two of a menu of regenerative approaches that we need to pursue in the future.

    The street march can be useful once we find the right way to connect to our community and constitutional traditions (all age levels and all classes), and link these to properly coordinated--and regionally sensitive--national marches and educational actions.

    The Netroots Nation is an important step in this direction.

    Habeas Corpus:See Hamilton quoting Blackstone in The Federalist Papers, number 84.

    by Ignacio Magaloni on Fri Aug 31, 2007 at 10:52:28 AM PDT

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