Posted 9 months ago on Nov. 11, 2016, 2:11 p.m. EST by stoothman
from Des Moines, IA
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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.
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.
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.