Forum Post: THE CLOCK IS TICKING: the longer we wait, the more barriers the 1% and their minions will have up to prevent dissent
Posted 5 years ago on Dec. 30, 2012, 11:03 a.m. EST by therising
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OK, we can't wait around much longer. Corporatists and their political partners are setting things up behind the scenes in a way that makes it easy to flip a switch later on to stem protest and dissent and much much much more. If the majority of Americans really understood this, they'd be really pissed. ( see http://occupywallst.org/forum/ndaa-2012-codified-indefinite-detentions-now-ndaa-/ )
Let's make them aware. Let's all of us millions who see this happening engage in nonviolent direct action of all sorts to raise awareness of the rest of the country. Strikes, boycotts, sit ins, walk outs, blockades of ports, malls, giant banks, government buildings -- all nonviolent peaceful protest -- marches, street theater, letter writing, oped writing, speaking up at work and in public and among friends, gathering peacefully and nonviolently in public and private places to push the envelope and raise nonviolent tension and thereby awareness.
Martin Luther King, Jr. explained 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.”
Bring on the nonviolent direct action. Bring on the healthy tension. It's time.