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L.A. Whatever happened to DIRECT ACTION?

by L.R. Friday, Jan. 31, 2003 at 1:37 PM

A call to organizers and community members to remember that marching is good, but civil direct action is better

The energy is mounting. People are worried, distressed, and angry, and they should be. We have a rogue government in power that is completely ignoring the voice of it's people. Our own constitution calls for us to rise up and overthrow a government that does not represent us. We have been assembling in beautiful marches filled with diverse peoples...but we get almost no coverage, and when the march is done, we all go home and our elected official pour another martini and go to bed. WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO DIRECT ACTION, CIVIL DISOBEDIANCE? We need to do more than march. We need to follow in the footsteps of generations past , sit our asses down and NOT BE MOVED. Yeah, it's a scary climate to get arrested in right now. But we aren't going to change anything by waving a little sign. Come on folks...let's get our act together. Form affinity groups. If we pass a freeway onramp, take the onramp. Sit down. If we all sit down, thousands of us, that's news. Link arms. Surround buildings. Tag. Bring back the banner drop. We must be willing to take risks in order to begin seeing change. The time is now. Turn off American Idol, and take to the streets.

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you're stupid marc Friday, Jan. 31, 2003 at 2:38 PM
Let me address a few of your points L.R. Friday, Jan. 31, 2003 at 3:08 PM
Non-resistance is FUTILE! 100MOhm Resistor Friday, Jan. 31, 2003 at 4:19 PM
there should be no civil-disobedience-bashing on this web space. will Saturday, Feb. 01, 2003 at 1:32 AM
We have not yet begun to fight. Diogenes Saturday, Feb. 01, 2003 at 8:46 AM
Simple Simple Simon Saturday, Feb. 01, 2003 at 10:27 AM
direct action has its place elwan Saturday, Feb. 01, 2003 at 11:26 AM
Differences are discernable. Diogenes Saturday, Feb. 01, 2003 at 11:39 AM
Simple Simple Simon Saturday, Feb. 01, 2003 at 12:36 PM
OneEyedMan KPC Saturday, Feb. 01, 2003 at 12:55 PM
OneEyedMan KPC Saturday, Feb. 01, 2003 at 1:19 PM
Simple Simple Simon Saturday, Feb. 01, 2003 at 2:14 PM
OneEyedMan KPC Saturday, Feb. 01, 2003 at 4:13 PM
Simple Simple Simon Saturday, Feb. 01, 2003 at 4:20 PM
OneEyedMan KPC Saturday, Feb. 01, 2003 at 4:30 PM
Simple Simple Simon Saturday, Feb. 01, 2003 at 4:33 PM
OneEyedMan KPC Saturday, Feb. 01, 2003 at 4:34 PM
direct action has its place elwan Saturday, Feb. 01, 2003 at 4:41 PM
Do we live in a Civilization? Diogenes Saturday, Feb. 01, 2003 at 4:46 PM
Hello, Kyon not with Alexander Saturday, Feb. 01, 2003 at 9:03 PM
we are a black bloc of one eg Sunday, Feb. 02, 2003 at 5:07 AM
Simple Simple Simon Sunday, Feb. 02, 2003 at 11:36 AM
direct action has its place elwan Sunday, Feb. 02, 2003 at 12:03 PM
(~) diversion not with Alexander Sunday, Feb. 02, 2003 at 6:54 PM
You're Simple, Simon Diogenes Sunday, Feb. 02, 2003 at 9:56 PM
Erratum Diogenes Monday, Feb. 03, 2003 at 7:49 AM
OneEyedMan KPC Tuesday, Feb. 04, 2003 at 10:33 AM
Simple Simple Simon Tuesday, Feb. 04, 2003 at 10:37 AM
OneEyedMan KPC Tuesday, Feb. 04, 2003 at 10:47 AM
Simple Simple Simon Tuesday, Feb. 04, 2003 at 10:49 AM
OneEyedMan KPC Tuesday, Feb. 04, 2003 at 11:13 AM
Simple SImon not with Alexander Tuesday, Feb. 04, 2003 at 12:28 PM
all choked up blondie Tuesday, Feb. 04, 2003 at 12:29 PM
"Boing!" Try again. Diogenes Tuesday, Feb. 04, 2003 at 12:45 PM
Simple Simple Simon Tuesday, Feb. 04, 2003 at 12:48 PM
Simple Simple Simon Tuesday, Feb. 04, 2003 at 1:10 PM
Hello. Again not with Alexander Tuesday, Feb. 04, 2003 at 1:36 PM
Excuse me.... Canard Tuesday, Feb. 04, 2003 at 1:47 PM
non not with alexander Tuesday, Feb. 04, 2003 at 2:06 PM
Where's your Cover Soldier? Diogenes Monday, Feb. 03, 2003 at 7:22 PM
Simple Simple Simon Thursday, Feb. 06, 2003 at 4:25 PM
Simple Simon, follow your Oath of Service please GRINGO STARS Friday, Feb. 07, 2003 at 3:04 AM
Simple Simple Simon Friday, Feb. 07, 2003 at 8:57 AM
The UN called a cease-fire long ago GRINGO STARS Friday, Feb. 07, 2003 at 12:36 PM
Very well put. Sheepdog Friday, Feb. 07, 2003 at 1:22 PM
Afganastan... Sheepdog Friday, Feb. 07, 2003 at 1:28 PM
Simple Simple Simon Friday, Feb. 07, 2003 at 4:26 PM
Simple, you are well-named GRINGO STARS Friday, Feb. 07, 2003 at 5:19 PM
.... ....sgt peppers Friday, Feb. 07, 2003 at 9:36 PM
Simple Simple Simon Monday, Feb. 10, 2003 at 9:55 PM
Occupational Hazards Diogenes Monday, Feb. 10, 2003 at 10:35 PM
It's not my opinion - it is stated law GRINGO STARS Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003 at 3:32 AM
Not likely Sheepdog Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003 at 6:17 AM
I am a US citizen, BushBitch - you should try and act like one, instead of "admiring& GRINGO STARS Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003 at 11:18 AM
I'm a Hollwood Activist! M. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003 at 12:42 PM
EEK! IT'S M AND MINI M CRITICAL THOUGHT Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003 at 5:44 PM

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