Forum Post: PULLING BACK THE CURTAIN: How NONVIOLENT ACTION can restore our republic. PER CITIBANK 1 person 1 vote is total game changer.
Posted 2 years ago on Jan. 18, 2013, 3:17 a.m. EST by therising
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INTRODUCTORY NOTE: Here is my view on one way we can make real progress for real people on the ground AND grow the movement exponentially at the same time: http://occupywallst.org/forum/we-could-do-this-the-easy-way-or-the-hard-way/ . At that link, I not only list the goals but 2 methods of achieving them. Both are nonviolent and nonviolence is something we need to adhere to across the board without question. If the 8 goals were achieved, it would not be the end all be all, but it would get the corporate foot off our neck long enough to allow us to focus on the even deeper issues.
The post below assumes you have read the info at the link above.
It's time to create some nonviolent TENSION.
What I am talking about here is healthy nonviolent protest as described by Martin Luther King, Jr.
King said we can't be afraid of the word tension and described the use of active non-violent resistance as follows in his “Letter from Birmingham Jail”:
"Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks to so dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored. My citing the creation of tension as part of the work of the nonviolent-resister may sound rather shocking. But I must confess that I am not afraid of the word "tension." I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth. . . The purpose of our direct-action program is to create a situation so crisis-packed that it will inevitably open the door to negotiation.”
Under "the hard way" described at the link at the top of this post, legislators will feel nonviolent tension on multiple fronts:
A) They and their staff will not be able to get past the nonviolent protests in order to get to their offices.
B) They would also feel the tension of patriotic peaceful Americans interrupting business as usual in a way that is a national and world headline,