Peaceful protest in a digital age

Every morning I wake up and almost immediately turn to my iPhone. Once I have blinked the grogginess from my eyes, I start the search for the damage report from the previous day. Once I have decided that today is worth trudging into, I get up and get dressed and head towards the blissful emptiness of the over-saturated hospitality industry of the Cornhusker Capital. 


From my cushy desk chair I begin to work my way through the memes and click-bait plastered to Facebook walls. I share a few, argue against a few, and generally begin the task of wading through the news and the fake news (not the actual news that the President tries to discredit because they dare report the truth about him, the stuff like Breitbart, Rush Limbaugh, and anything on Fox News not reported by Shep Smith) noting things as I go.  Once I feel like I have adequately tortured myself for the morning I begin the real fun. I begin my resistance. 


I am one of the creators of a group on Facebook called RESISTNebraska. Our main goal is to give the people in Nebraska who are tired of not having a voice in the flood of red voters a chance to mobilize. We post rallies, marches, townhall information, and tools to help you be more involved in the political spectrum. One of my favorite tools that was posted in the group is called Resistbot. 


I love Resistbot. To use Resistbot, you text ‘resist’ to 50409. From there, Resistbot prompts you to help it figure out who your Senators and Representatives are. Once it has been established who is representing you in Congress, Resistbot asks what you would like to say. If you are anything like me, there are many things that could go into that small text message. After weeding out the swear words and insults, I send my professional-ish sounding comment to Resistbot, who then converts my text into a fax and sends it to my representatives in Congress. It is very easy and take very little work. 


Between my meme-laden Facebook and my text-converting robot pen pal, I find that I make a fairly decent dent in the world around me. Have no fear, I do more than just digital protests, I lug my large, privileged, behind off the couch in time to join my fellow rebels in the journey from the local university to the state capital with my giant post-it note protest sign (I found that I was wasting a lot of money buying poster boards. Now, all I have to do is pull the last march’s sign off and create a new one on the next giant post-it.) and stand for something. 


As the great Archbishop Desmond Tutu says, “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”  So do what you can, where you can, when you can, and who know, maybe you will be part of making this world a better place for all of those in it. You don’t have to organize the largest marches in the country to make an impact, you just have to be present and never, ever give up.  Through our peaceful actions, we will make snowflakes feel like an avalanche. 


Stone-Eater Added May 10, 2017 - 6:58am
Good. That's my motto too. Never give up, because giving up means you have to realize that you may have wasted a lot of time in your live - by giving up ;-)
Ari Silverstein Added May 10, 2017 - 2:47pm
If you’ve made a decent dent in the world around you how do explain the sea of red voters in your home state?  I have to hand it to liberals, they do have a way with words.  Republicans block the Democratic agenda and they’re labeled “obstructionists.”  Liberals attempt to do the same and their part of some “resistance.” 
Donna Added May 10, 2017 - 4:27pm
I had not heard of this device until now..thanks for informing me..Never give up, great motto )0(
I am sure he didn't start the resistance until # 45 was elected. Difference is we are the people who are resisting,, they would be politicians not doing their job and causing obstruction by not doing what they were elected to do. )0(
Even A Broken Clock Added May 11, 2017 - 2:44pm
Brandon - good to see what you are doing here. Also, I am on this forum now - my blog handle is Even A Broken Clock and my first post got put up here today.  See you in a couple of weeks, and check out my blog when you get a chance.
Even A Broken Clock Added May 11, 2017 - 2:44pm
Forgot to tell you - this is Jeff from WV.
Dino Manalis Added May 11, 2017 - 3:30pm
Peaceful protests are fine, riots are anarchy!  Keep fighting peacefully for change!
Brandon Proffitt Added May 12, 2017 - 9:14am
What you see as the takeaway is an indication that it is relatively available to a wider range of people. Never underestimate to magnitude of a simple gesture.  It may be easy, but sitting and doing nothing is easier.