We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Greek protesters demonstrate against austerity measures (12 pictures)

from the Guardian. See the brave working people of Greece battling ruling class police to save their economy, their jobs, and their independence from financial elites.

Then from Al Jazeera, read in more detail there valiant struggle with this piece, "Clashes break out at Greek protest".