Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Collective Action Needed to Stop Industrial Destruction of Planet



Would any sane person think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday; or that chopping wood and carrying water would have gotten people out of Tsarist prisons; or that dancing around a fire would have helped put in place the Voting Rights Act of 1957 or the Civil Rights Act of 1964?

Then why now, with all the world at stake, do so many people retreat into these entirely personal “solutions”? Why are these solutions not sufficient? But most importantly, what can be done instead to actually stop the murder of the planet?

Words based on the essay of the same title by Derrick Jensen.

1 Comments:

Blogger Lisa Savage said...

No sane person really does think so. But, they are responding to the forces you noted in your poem "Tell Them" which has these lines:

Tell them
to stay quiet
if they value
their lives
keep your nose
buried
in the dollar
keep your
mouth
shut
and you will
live

Otherwise
tell them
they'll pay
a heavy
price
for
resisting
the pirate
freedom
ship

4/27/16, 4:07 AM  

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