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

Sunday, March 23, 2014

22M: Madrid Protests on March 22, 2014

Click here to access the dramatic 10:56 video from Global Uprisings.

The video contains numerous scenes of violent clashes between protestors and police. You won't see any candlelight marches here. Perhaps we are seeing a new stage of conflict which borders on insurrection between Europeans and their ruling class enforcers. 
Hundreds of thousands of protesters protested against government imposed austerity measures in Madrid, Spain.
Shortly after dark, protesters and police clashed in central Madrid.