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Forum Post: What Does Organize - Unite - Resist mean to me

Posted 1 year ago on Nov. 11, 2016, 2:11 p.m. EST by stoothman (18) from Des Moines, IA
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Organize

Greed, envy, fear, hate, the competition has to stop When you see someone down, now's the time to pick them up Set our differences aside and never look back, again Right now if you don't know the person standing next to you Turn to them extend your hand, shake their hand, make a new friend This is our family, this is our community! - 911 for peace – Anti-Flag

There was a beautiful rally last night to resist the coming storm. Unfortunately, I found out about it too late to participate. But in the spirit of these lyrics, I reached out to the organizer and made a new friend and ally. We all need to do more of this. The more of us there are, the harder it will be to break us. We must commit to reaching out to our community, to social networks, to neighbors.

For far too long ordinary people have felt excluded from power. We must reach out to them and show them the power that they have. If this election showed anything, it is that people are desperate. We can change that. As activists, we must help them learn to try out their voice. We pick everyone up and march forward together out of the darkness and into the new dawn.

Unite

These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. – American Crisis – Thomas Paine

For far too long the American Left has suffered from a rotting disease I call balkanization. Blinded by an unwavering ideological purity, groups dismiss any one else that does not believe exactly like they. It leads to groups not coordinating and working together. And since they do not work together, none ever achieve a critical mass necessary to affect real and lasting change.

Now is a time of crisis and the world has changed seemly overnight. No longer can we allow ourselves to be divided by our own short sightedness. We can no longer allow our differences to keep us apart. The atheist and religious person must stand arm in arm. The union worker and the LGBT rights activist must raise their voices together. The "Black Lives Matter" activist and the gender equality activist must march together. The anarchist and the political party activist must resist together. Only together will we make real change and ensure something like Trump never happens again. And from this darkest of times, we can bring a new dawn.

Resist

We are committed to the proposition that principles of morality and considerations for our own security will never permit us to acquiesce in a peace dictated by aggressors and sponsored by appeasers. We know that enduring peace cannot be bought at the cost of other people's freedom. - State of the Union Address (January 6, 1941) - Franklin D. Roosevelt

The new American Crisis presents a unique challenge and an unprecedented opportunity for those who believe in peace, justice, and equality. For 50 years, the playbook of the American Left revolved around direct action, like protests and rallies. And in the meantime, we have largely abdicated our direct role in politics. But that can no longer be the case. We must resist on every front, from the streets to the union hall to the political party meeting to the halls of power. We must be as vigorous in finding candidates for office that reflect our values, as we are in organizing our resistance in the streets.

Make no mistake, these dark times call for total "political warfare". It is only by organizing and uniting and taking back the levers of power from the corporations and their political puppets, that we can affect long lasting change in this country. And while we fight them in politics, we must resist them in the streets with rallies and direct actions. We must make sure the people most vulnerable to the new regime are protected by us as we stand together shielding them with hearts, minds, and bodies. We will beat back the darkness and emerge victorious in a new dawn.

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[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 11 months ago

A very well written, informed & to be honest, much needed - shot in the arm post in the end of year darkness before dawn! Many Thanx and in compliment - re. where much of our current shit started:

Educate; Agitate; Organize!

[-] 1 points by Shule (2638) 1 year ago

What are you really rallyling against?

Who do you think are organizing these protests?

Did you ever think it might be the evil oligarchy who was ready to start war with Russia; start world war III, who have been making wars in the MiddleEast, who have been ruining the economy of the world for all regular people, whose plans for world domination have just been shattered by a simple flim flam man.

Are you so agianst that flim flam man who just took the world away from utter destruction? ...just 'cause he said some things that were misconstrued and twisted by a malicious media?

What are you rallying for? Are you going to rally for the evil oligarchy who did not get their Hag into the White House and is now pissed thus knowing not what else to do is ready to trash America like they trashed the Middle East?

These rallies are a set up! Watch for the false flag, and then the crud will really start to fly; that is if people don't start seeing through this bull smoke being conjured up by the 1% psycho' oligarchs.

Come on. Think a little bit. please.

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22801) 1 year ago

Very nice post. Thanks, Stoothman.

We must join together with everyone and anyone that is willing to fight against racism, sexism, xenophobia, misogyny, economic tyranny, corporatism, neoliberalism, etc., the list goes on.

We absolutely must face all of these things wherever and whenever we encounter them. Don't be shy to say "I'm a democratic socialist." "I'm an atheist." "I believe in gay rights." "I think black lives matter." "I believe we need a basic income to meet up with the new realities of globalism and technology." "I'm for universal healthcare and free education." "I believe workers rights should be restored."

We need to get in the faces of those who want to erode our rights. Period.

Do not shy away from those who will ridicule you. Face them. Be ready for them.

Pandora's box of ugly hatred has been unleashed on America. Let's make the most of it. We now have middle school children chanting. "White Power. White Power." Maybe we can finally fight the devil if it is right there in front of us. Never give up! Solidarity!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 10 months ago

''The Issue Is Not Trump, It's Us'', by John Pilger:

OUCH!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22801) 9 months ago

Truth. Trump is just a symptom of a much bigger problem. NEOLIBERALISM and it's good friend, CAPITALISM. They must go down together.

They go down, people like Trump go down. We need an economy and a social structure and ideologies that work for all of us, not just the 1% greedy creeps.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 9 months ago

''Councilmember Sawant's Socialist Response to Trump (FULL)'':

fiat lux ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22801) 9 months ago

"Neoliberalism, The Zombie Doctrine at the Root of all our Problems"

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/04/15/neoliberalism-zombie-doctrine-root-all-our-problems

"Perhaps the most dangerous impact of neoliberalism is not the economic crises it has caused, but the political crisis. As the domain of the state is reduced, our ability to change the course of our lives through voting also contracts. Instead, neoliberal theory asserts, people can exercise choice through spending. But some have more to spend than others: in the great consumer or shareholder democracy, votes are not equally distributed. The result is a disempowerment of the poor and middle. As parties of the right and former left adopt similar neoliberal policies, disempowerment turns to disenfranchisement. Large numbers of people have been shed from politics."

Hence, the importance of Kshama Sawant's response to Trump's speech and to the real root of the problem, the capitalism that is embedded in neoliberalism.

[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 9 months ago
[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22801) 7 months ago

UK Election - Vote Labour - Monbiot piece

"If ever there was a time to vote Labour, it is now" by George Monbiot

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/25/vote-labour-jeremy-corbyn-theresa-may

"The choice today is between brutal efficiency in pursuit of a disastrous agenda, and gentle inefficiency in pursuit of a better world. I know which I favour."

"The choice before us is as follows: a party that, through strong leadership and iron discipline, allows three million children to go hungry while hedge fund bosses stash their money in the Caribbean and a party that hopes, however untidily, to make this a kinder, more equal, more inclusive nation. I will vote Labour on 8 June, and I will not hold my nose. I urge you to do the same."

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 7 months ago

''Neoliberalism's Disaster Capitalism in USA/UK, has been given a turbo boost by 08 Banking Crisis but GOP & Tories don't give a fk!'' from here, where others truth are expressed:

Further to your excellent link above, by the ever readable George Monbiot:

fiat lux et fiat justitia, ruat caelum ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22801) 2 months ago

"How Do We Get Out of This Mess?" A must read, uplifiting, article by George Monbiot on how we can overcome the nightmare of neoliberalism

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/sep/09/george-monbiot-how-de-we-get-out-of-this-mess

This article brought tears to my eyes, because it gave me hope.....

"Those who want a kinder politics know we have, in theory at least, the numbers on our side. Most people are socially minded, empathetic and altruistic. Most people would prefer to live in a world in which everyone is treated with respect and decency, and in which we do not squander either our own lives or the natural gifts on which we and the rest of the living world depend. But a small handful, using lies and distractions and confusion, stifle this latent desire for change.

We know that if we can mobilise such silent majorities, there is nothing this small minority can do to stop us. But because we have failed to understand what is possible, and above all failed to replace our tired political stories with a compelling narrative of transformation and restoration, we have failed to realise this potential. As we rekindle our imagination, we discover our power to act. And that is the point at which we become unstoppable.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 months ago

''Jeremy Corbyn’s Speech to Labour Conference'' .. in UK:

That Guardian link is excellent and re.''hope'' bw , watch above!

dum spiro, spero ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22801) 1 month ago

The Labour Manifesto. A thing of beauty:

https://labour.org.uk/manifesto/

In summary: http://www.bbc.com/news/election-2017-39933116

If Jeremy Corbyn can become prime minister of the UK we can begin to see the return of humanity. And, just maybe it would be contagious and other nation's, including the USA, could follow. That is my hope. That is one way we may actually get out of this mess. Keep fighting.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

Jeremy Corbyn is and will continue to be an absolute inspiration to all Left and Progressive elements in politics worldwide & please consider ...

respice, adspice, prospice ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22801) 1 month ago

"Ohh, Jer-e-my Cor-byn." For those who haven't heard the chant:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4_Yrwb4rh8

This man can change the world.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

And in regard to that manipulative, mendacious, mean-minded monster - Mrs. Mayhem ... the mental midget doesn't fool the kids, who per your video love Jeremy Corbyn and can see through her bullshit:

verum ex absurdo...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22801) 1 day ago

Jeremy Corbyn. Some recent tweets that I thought were very profound:

"We must end impunity for corporations that violate human rights or wreck our environment. The next Labour government will work to create a legally binding treaty to regulate global corporations, their subsidiaries and suppliers under international human rights law."

"We must tackle the growing concentration of unaccountable wealth and power in the hands of a tiny corporate elite, climate change and the refugee crisis, and end the “bomb first, think later” approach to conflict resolution."

"Today, at the United Nations in Geneva, I outlined how, together, we can build a social and economic system with human rights and justice at its core, and work for peace, security and understanding."

https://twitter.com/jeremycorbyn/with_replies

That is the kind of leader the world needs right now.