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 LappĂ©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Saturday, December 15, 2018

My brief review of the panel discussion at United in Solidarity for Julian Assange last night

I listened to the last two hours of this program last night and was impressed after the aged Mike Gravel, the former courageous US Senator from Alaska, appeared and offered his observations. He advised that the only realistic solution was to have organized, huge demonstrations by both British and European activists (someone interjected that flights of American activists to London were already being organized) in London in order to free Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy and to prevent him from being turned over to US authorities. 

The participants should wear some article of clothing like the "gilets jaune" in France, circle through the nearby Harrod's store, the British store for the rich shoppers in London in order to get the attention of British mainstream media, and then, if need be, physically free Julian from the Embassy of Ecuador. This proposal broke the ice of reluctance of the others to support such a necessary and obvious solution.

Some time ago I surveyed British alternative websites and, to my surprise, I found none that covered the plight and significance of Assange's imprisonment in the Ecuadorian embassy and the likelihood that he will soon be turned over to American authorities! Since then I've badgered and shamed some of the British alternative and activist websites, but as yet have received no reply. I encourage you to do likewise.

This project of United in Solidarity for Julian Assange is obviously operating on a shoe-string budget. I wanted to propose a similar comment that was then offered by Gravel but I couldn't send the message. Later when the audio was missing, I successfully sent them a message to that effect. Also, I thought I heard that there will be another such marathon program next week on Friday, but their website does not confirm this nor does it list last night's program. Such technical problems must be corrected. 

(12/16/2018 @ 11:24 AM CT: I just noticed that Consortium News has re-posted this broadcast.)