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
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Shot in the Face: Pepper-Sprayed U.C. Davis Students Tell Their Story
Last Fall UC Davis students learned how police function when they merely sit down in protest at tuition hikes. Read and listen to their comments about this experience.
Nowadays, people who protest or actively resist policies dictated by the One Percent are treated like Israeli police treat Palestinians. Political operatives of the One Percent have learned from their Israeli counterparts how to deal with dissidents. We of the wide-awake 99 Percent are all Palestinians now.