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, May 6, 2014

Cecily McMillan's guilty verdict reveals our mass acceptance of police violence

Click here to access article by Molly Knefel from The Guardian.

To Knefel it appears that the harsh sentences imposed on Occupy protesters is due to a combination of the public's tolerance of police brutality combined with carefully managed courtroom procedures. I wonder if officials constructed the jury selection process in order to select more conservative citizens.