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  •  If masses of people take to the streets...... (1+ / 0-)
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    it will only cause a "law and order" backlash. We have seen this time, and time again.

    There is a huge difference between REAL organizing and what we think of as having been effective street demonstrations. For example, Dr. King's March on Washington was one event in decades of extremely correct person to person organizing.

    Do you really want to see reports of angry people -- unemployed -- would look like if set into motion? Glance at this:

    We are up against a highly polished, well-oiled, and powerful machine on the side of Big Business, media, etc.

    Act wisely.

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    by LNK on Mon Jul 12, 2010 at 08:05:59 AM PDT

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    •  A million people standing silently (0+ / 0-)

      Would be powerful.

      The fuckers have shown that they will send posers in to the crowds to cause trouble, to give the police an excuse to riot.

      Canada just spend ONE BILLION dollars on security for the G20.  The cops dropped off cars and waited for them to get burned, so they could show off on TV. 200 black brigade activists couldn't be stopped by 20,000 police that were watching them the whole time.  

      Then they beat up the nosy journalists who asked hard questions.

      No sure what to do.

      Not likely that a million people can do a Ghandi.

      We will have to overwhelm them.  And take losses.

      It's time for the pitchforks and torches! Guillotines are way too complicated.

      by No one gets out alive on Mon Jul 12, 2010 at 08:37:33 AM PDT

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    •  That's nonsense. Masses taking to the (2+ / 0-)

      streets creates media coverage.  Media coverage create public attention.  When people pay attention, they learn the truth that Republicans ruined their economy.  When voters know the truth, they vote Democrat.

      Taking to the streets is by far not the only necessary strategy, but it gets people's attention.

      Read Teixeira's 2010 report, and see why the GOP is done.

      by Georgeo57 on Mon Jul 12, 2010 at 08:53:42 AM PDT

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      •  Media coverage will be hostile (0+ / 0-)

        Even if 1 million people behaved perfectly the corporate media is not sympathetic.

        Back in the civil rights protest era the media was very much on the protesters' side. Plus, there was more than 10 times the diversity in media ownership.

        Media coverage only works in favor of those groups who have good organization and solidarity.

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        by LNK on Tue Jul 13, 2010 at 08:42:18 AM PDT

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      •  Sorta how those millions of people in 2003 (0+ / 0-)

        Oh you mean like how those millions of people marching against the imminent Iraq war in 2003 got people's attention? I went to one of those million-person-marches in SF. It got covered on page 10 of the local paper and didn't even make the local TV news. Nobody gives a crap when leftists march. We'd have gotten more coverage if we called ourselves conservatives and had a dozen people meeting on a street corner.

        Californians: The Courage Campaign is working for changing the 2/3 budget rule and for ending Prop 8. Go!

        by tmo on Tue Jul 13, 2010 at 07:04:43 PM PDT

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