This video was created by a small group of college students interested in documenting the birth and life of a modern activist. Their subject, Mary Lindsay of Kansas City Move to Amend, discusses the forces that compelled her to stand up to corporate America and the hurdles she faces.
Mary is the quintessential activist. Perhaps you’ll see a little of yourself in her story and offer to lend a hand while there’s still chance to make a difference.
I recently had the pleasure of attending Occupy Koch Town in Wichita, Kansas on February 18, 2012. The purpose of the event was to raise awareness about the disastrous effects large corporations are having upon our society, our government, our environment and our general well-being.
Organized largely through a Facebook post made 3 weeks previously, the event was essentially an open invitation for all concerned citizens to march in front of Koch Industries’ headquarters and the Wichita Chamber of Commerce. Anyone was allowed to attend, to have a voice and to play a part if they wanted to.
It worked. People from as far away as South Dakota were there. In fact, more than half of the attendees weren’t from Wichita at all. This is a good sign.
Here are a few photos of my fellow protesters taken by Kansas City photographer Jerry Schmidt to help document our peaceful protest:
I’ve attended about a dozen of these events around the Midwest and one of the things that stands out over-and-over is the unusually broad-based support they achieve. No matter who you are or where you come from, you’ll likely see folks that resemble your friends, family or neighbors; all peaceful citizens exercising their civic duty to redress grievances through peaceful protest.
Unlike what gets reported in the media, these protesters are bona fide “regular” Americans, not satanic anarchists trying to steal your soul and brainwash your babies.
Why do you think there’s such a huge disparity between what actually goes on at these rallies and what gets reported? Could it be that somebody has a special interest in keeping the public fearful and ignorant?
Consider this movie trailer from Citizens United depicting their version of what the Occupy Wall Street movement is really all about:
This is no joke. Citizens United has actually produced this movie and intends to circulate it within echo chamber media outlets like Fox News and other mis-information sources that spread fear and ignorance to an under-informed and obedient audience.
In a little over 2 minutes they identify a dozen boogeymen on which to attach their fear and hatred:
Political humorist, Bill Maher
Former Democratic Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi
Documentary filmmaker, Michael Moore
Democratic leader, Harry Reid
President Obama (black Satan)
Internet powerhouse Anonymous
Calling Tea Partiers “radical” or “a manufactured party”
Militant or war-like tendencies
What’s wrong with these people? Are they so afraid that their ideas can’t stand scrutiny that they feel like they must create an alternative reality for themselves where truth, knowledge and progress are unnecessary and unwelcome?
Compare what is represented in that ominous trailer to this cell phone video clip from our Occupy Koch Town event:
Clearly, there’s a disconnect.
The sad part is that many of those Fox network watching sheeple will believe the garbage they’re fed and continue to support the very people who keep them down.
They’ll continue believing that right-wing nut jobs and corporate banksters are somehow protecting them from these “imaginary threats.” As long as they obediently watch and obey, it will only encourage more corporate-sponsored fear.
7 signs the corporatocracy is losing its legitimacy … and 7 populist tools to help shut it down.
You may remember that there was a time when apartheid in South Africa seemed unstoppable.
Sure, there were international boycotts of South African businesses, banks, and tourist attractions. There were heroic activists in South Africa, who were going to prison and even dying for freedom. But the conventional wisdom remained that these were principled gestures with little chance of upending the entrenched system of white rule.
“Be patient,” activists were told. “Don’t expect too much against powerful interests with a lot of money invested in the status quo.”
With hindsight, though, apartheid’s fall appears inevitable: the legitimacy of the system had already crumbled. It was harming too many for the benefit of too few. South Africa’s freedom fighters would not be silenced, and the global movement supporting them was likewise tenacious and principled. Continue reading to identify the 7 signs →