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L.A. Whatever happened to DIRECT ACTION?

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

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