Posted 5 years ago on March 25, 2012, 7:09 a.m. EST by therising
This content is user submitted and not an official statement
Think about what was happening when Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed.... He had just started to link the peace movement with the civil rights movement. The freedom of information act has helped us uncover FBI documents that show the FBI survilleiled King's widow, Coretta, for over two years to make sure she did not connect the same dots publicly. How dangerous it must have felt to the powers that be...the thought that disaffected whites and disaffected African Americans could join together with workers and others to form one movement and ... Become..... The 99%................ And what are we seeing now?
Sure puts the harshness of the response in perspective. What the 1% are most terrified of is the idea that we, the 99% might join together, that we'd see past our petty differences to realize how absurd it is that a tiny minority has been ruling over us and squeezing us for so long. In their darker more pensive moments, these are the fears uttered in the country clubs and board rooms. This is the elephant in the room who will take over when it realizes how damn big and imposing it is.
Here we are again. Ever played tug of war? Ever been on the winning team in a match of tug of war? Why did you win? It was because you all pulled rhythmically at once wasn't it? Time to get our groove on people. Time to all tug at the same time. It's time for us to pay more attention to what we have in common rather than the relatively minor things that separate us. The 1% has actively worked to keep us nipping at each others heals ( black/white, poor/middle class, republican/democrat, young / old). Isn't it time we become the 99% that we are?
Once we unite, we will realize we had the power all along. Once we start paying attention to what we have in common, we'll realize how absurd it was that the tiny minority of the 1% ruled over the overwhelming majority of the 99% for so long. Once we pay attention to what we have in common, we will be able to make decisions from a position of united strength rather than making demands from a position of divided weakness.
Solidarity. There's a reason it scares the 1%. Think about what it must have been like when King was publicly connecting the peace movement to end the Vietnam War to the Civil Rights movement. Incredible how relevant this is to today.
Nonviolent direct action is our most important weapon!