Activism 101 For Those Who Dont Partake....

In US history, not the only form of our legal or historical bonds to historical events were caused by figures like George Washington, John F Kennedy, either one of the Bushes, or even Trump. There were always people who fought the system to change laws and add rights for the people going back to the bill of rights.

Some of the largest protest figures in US History are;

Susan B Anthony- Suffragette and abolitionist.

Alice Paul- suffragette who organized the 1913 march on Washington for Womens right to vote by going to jail and being force fed which led to future legislation.

 

John J Lewis and Julia O’Conner- Labor strikes in Coal Miners and Telephone operators which shut everything down in meat, steel and phone industries. Both achieved success and organized further after that protecting the rights of workers.

 

Thurgood Marshall- takes landmark case Brown v Board of Education 1952-1954. 347 U.S. 483 (1954) A segregation case of black and white schools in which the Supreme Court declared state law to be unconstitutional. It was a violation Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution. The case begins the rumblings of civil rights movement in mainstream America due to the integration and paved the way for Brown II, 349 U.S. 294 which pushed states to deliberate with all speed.

 

George Meaney- organized the merger of AFL and CIO labor organizations which allowed for the Steel works strike of 1959 and Teamsters union.  Interesting man, huge civil rights activist and at the time unification a good thing.

 

David Richmond, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair,Jr, Joseph McNeil- Greensboro Four- Four men who decided they were going to sit at the lunch counter in a Woolworth’s “white only” section, were service was refused to blacks. Due to lack of provocation by the students, the police could take no action. They stayed in place until the store closed and returned the next day with hundreds of students from the college. This spread to 55 cities in 13 states and got national media coverage for the treatment of African Americans.  The 4 seats are in the Smithsonian Institute and this was considered one of the milestones of the civil rights movement.

Rosa Parks- most known for her refusal to give up a white bus seat, but was a member of the NAACP and active protest member with Martin Luther King jr.

 

Martin Luther King Jr- most known for Selma march in Alabama, I have a dream speech and civil rights amendment work with Lyndon B Johnson.

 

Malcolm X- did not believe in the treatment of Blacks by Whites, was a Black muslim and lead many pushes for equal rights during the civil rights movement.  Very radical for his time.

 

Specific mention- People in the late 60s and 70s in large protests of Vietnam War –including the disastrous Kent State University shooting of unarmed students.  To many names to mention.. Hanoi Jane probably most notorious. But it was the people on the street my sister used to tell me that made a difference.

 

Fred Fray- ACCD, first protests in Washington DC for the disabled.  This group was active in 70s and 80s

Wade Blank and Michael Auberger- founders of ADAPT from Denver Colorado, a disability group that began by obstructing bus traffic with their disabled bodies for equal access to ride the bus, to equal right for the disabled to date.  The have fought and won several key pieces of legislation for or against. Including blocking healthcare legislation in Washington DC in July.  Groups like this have pushed to enact the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act  and further 2008 amendments to that Act.

 

The women and eventually men who through 1967 through the 80s protested continually for Womens Rights, the ERA which gave women rights to legal equality at workplace was enacted in 1972 but laws were weak.  Gloria Steinem, Susan Bownmiller and Kate Millett were key voices for the movement. To this day there are a variety of women’s organizations that march and protest legislation some of which I work with. NARAL being one of them.

 

Larry Kramer- Act Up- an Aids information and action group formed for working to push the government into Aids research.  Their largest rally was in 1988 and they shut the FDA down.

 

Louis Farakon- Million Man March, Washington DC-leader of nation Islam encourages unification of African American community. Ideal from Grandfather to father to son of unity in community.

 

MoveOn.org- Protests in 2002 and 2003 against Iraq War and President Bushes actions taken for same. At that time some of the largest historical crowds on record. The second or third marches were done worldwide in almost every country in opposition to the actions of President Bush.  I partook in this march and am an active member of Moveon.

 

 

Multiple groups in US for immigrations rights -2006 against legislation known as HR 4337 which blocked citizenship of undocumented Latino immigrants. The protests took place all over the US in 102 cities and numbered over 1 million people.

 

Adbusters and New Yorkers Against Budget Cuts (16 Beaver Street) Occupy movement- 2011 to object to battered economics and like issues in a passive way.

Georgia Sagri- on August 2, 2011 she hijacks the Occupy movement and pushes it to a full blown movement that occupies NYC in the tower area. In full protest of the government treatment of Wall Street. On October 15th that year the protest went global. There are still chapters in every US city. I am a member of this organization.

 

Ladonna Brave Bull- in 2016 established a camp for the preservation and spiritual resistance to the pipeline.  As we know this became a full blown protest with off duty military personnel joining in the protest and building facilities. There were 300 North American Native flags planted and this exceeds any Native American protest in history.

 

Tamika D. Mallory, Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour- the organizers of the January 21, 2017 Woman’s March, what is considered the largest March in US history, with marches occurring in solidarity in cities through the world. (second only to protest against Iraq war- which I also took part in) This as a pro-rights rally for woman to stand for the largest group of people in the US.  I partook in this march.  This enacted the state to state protests that are currently taking place to change legislation protecting health rights across America.   Michael Moore, Mark Ruffalo and other actors are often involved with the protests now, specifically with healthcare.

 

 

These are only some of the major marches that have pushed agenda or further protests and movements. Each step is another push in the right direction for the people.  There are so many more, Net Neutrality @ the FCC, The Dark money protests that take place frequently as far up as the Supreme  Court, the healthcare bills –either way that take place at the Capital. So many more. These people push to make changes in laws or even keep protections in place for even the most basic of things for the American people and the things they take for granted.

 

Whether you agree with it or not, it is an essential and legitimate part of World History. People have died to protect the rights of others against government oppression.  They are sometimes seen as the outliers in history but I believe some of them are true heroes whether they protest in the streets or are working within the legal system, they have made significant changes to history.

 

 

 

Comments

wsucram15 Added Sep 22, 2017 - 5:12pm
Just a mention of something that bothers me on here from people who do not protest but yet speak ill of it.
Just thought I would mention some people who have changed lives.
Jeffrey Kelly Added Sep 22, 2017 - 8:02pm
Brilliant, thank you for posting the above.  Those people are the true heroes.
George N Romey Added Sep 22, 2017 - 8:23pm
Jeanne my friend great list. Today I think our greatest threat is the Deep State, far bigger than Trump. It is the group of elites that have killed and stolen to line their own pockets. I'll be writing about it.
 
The challenge is that this group won't go away with just protests particularly with politicians protecting and enabling them. I think it will take all out social revolt.
Bill H. Added Sep 22, 2017 - 8:47pm
It is absolutely time for people to get involved and start working to get the system to for the people and not the corporations. I think we have seen what has happened over the last 30 years, and it will only get worse unless people quit complaining and get involved. We were able to turn the tide in the '60s, but it needs turning again quickly.
wsucram15 Added Sep 22, 2017 - 11:00pm
The government is part of those marches above, in fact most of them.  It takes people and lots of them to change things.  So when and where?
Ill bring the water...lol.
Shane Laing Added Sep 23, 2017 - 6:45am
May I add to your list Frederick Douglass and John Brown?
 
Even A Broken Clock Added Sep 23, 2017 - 2:08pm
And may I add that by adding our voice into the public forum, we are also taking part in a long history of dissent through the freedom of expression?
 
Thanks for the list. I was not familiar with some of the names on the list, though was aware of the movements.
wsucram15 Added Sep 23, 2017 - 9:58pm
Actually Shane you certainly can.
Even a Broken Clock..thank you.  This proved my point on Writer Beat though.  Sadly enough, too many people want to criticize activism and protestors without ever having done it themselves.
The only reason I wrote this article was to prove that I could write an article about anything else and get plenty of hits on it, like I have for many years.  But few would touch this one.
But the people who have actually shaped the history of this nation..INCLUDING TRAITORS and ACTIVISTS like George Washington, Madsion, hamilton, and the like throughout our history built this country.  MLKjr, Rosa Parks..the womans sufferage..ADAPT..thousands of others. That not only know what they are doing but act in the name of the Constitution within the rights given by it to the people in order to check the government.
 
Thank you again to anyone who commented this article you are at least informed enough to understand what is happening.
Saint George Added Sep 24, 2017 - 3:05am
Thank you for your contributions to this Web site. They fill a much-needed gap.
Wick Burner Added Sep 24, 2017 - 10:56am
Ari, it is always the case that more people choose not to participate than to take take part.  Even the biggest march in history pales in comparison to the number of people who stayed home or went to work or did the shopping or slept all day or just so happened to choose that day to pass away...
opher goodwin Added Sep 24, 2017 - 11:04am
No rights and freedoms have been freely given. They all have to be fought for. It is right that we recognise the efforts and losses of the people who fought for the rights we now enjoy. Many died so that we might have them.
Dino Manalis Added Sep 24, 2017 - 11:17am
The activism should focus on the White House and Congress to persuade policymakers what people demand and do what's right!  Activism has to be positive and constructive, not anarchic or destructive!
Stephen Hunter Added Sep 24, 2017 - 11:53am
Great post and reminder that there is no progress without struggle. 
Some are afraid of change and thus want to curtail free thinking and expression. 
Many just cannot accept that their heroes were wrong on some things.
Jeff Michka Added Sep 24, 2017 - 1:21pm
Thanks for a needed uplifting article, wsucram15. 
Jeff Michka Added Sep 24, 2017 - 1:30pm
...Many WBers scream and cry about how "evil" protesters and protests are, but consider the effort and struggle some had to make those protests meaningful.  Thanks for mentioning the protesters that led the way to ADA on crutches, in wheelchairs and some on their knees, first to be heard on the streets, then in the halls of congress to make it happen.  For all the big talk from some, and even you questioning what can be done to stop the oligarchs, perhaps a stab at reducing or eliminating paid lobbyists or overturning Citizens United, as a step to reducing undue influence.  Or campaign finance reform.  Both are doable, yet the brighter minds on WB would rather pontificate and wring hands, than apply themselves to making things happen.  It's all to easy to be that way simply because we are human.  Changing stuff is hard.
William Stockton Added Sep 24, 2017 - 2:00pm
There are different forms of activism.
 
How about being a good parent and being active in a child's life?
Or...being active in society by helping others through volunteering?
 
There is so much more about activism than holding a sign in a public square and generally being as irritating to people as humanly possible.
Billy Roper Added Sep 24, 2017 - 3:24pm
How ironic, I'm also going to be giving a speech and leading a workshop on activism next weekend at the StormFront Conference in Tennessee.
Jeffrey Kelly Added Sep 24, 2017 - 4:08pm
@Billy Roper:
"How ironic, I'm also going to be giving a speech and leading a workshop on activism next weekend at the StormFront Conference in Tennessee."
 
You being there won't cause the relative I.Q. levels of the group to rise any.
Jeffrey Kelly Added Sep 24, 2017 - 4:09pm
Just to make it clear, Billy, the I.Q. levels at a Stormfront Conference hover around zero.
Jeffrey Kelly Added Sep 24, 2017 - 4:17pm
@William Stockton:
"How about being a good parent and being active in a child's life?
Or...being active in society by helping others through volunteering?"
 
It's a very good point.

"There is so much more about activism than holding a sign in a public square and generally being as irritating to people as humanly possible."
 
Sometimes that's what it takes to draw attention to real problems, William.  Many of those listed above faced at the minimum a prison sentence or a good beating for trying to draw attention to the fact that they were denied the right to vote because of their gender or the color of their skin.  Or the basic right to eat a meal at a restaurant or sit on a bus.  Or use a public restroom.
 
 
wsucram15 Added Sep 24, 2017 - 5:09pm
The womans march had Trump supporters, independents and people that supported Clinton.
It was not a political march of any kind.  That label was assigned by others. I marched with Trump supporters, and they were marching to support women.
Also even if we did march as an anti-trump rally..it was the single largest march in history, worldwide.   Food for thought as far as marches go..
But it really wasnt, I wish it had been that eloquent and as much of a statement in history in not only being the largest but also the first of its kind.
John G Added Sep 24, 2017 - 5:21pm
 The women there came out in force for solidarity on a number of issues and have not stopped yet. Not even close.
Then why don't you explain them to us?
 
wsucram15 Added Sep 24, 2017 - 7:58pm
For shits and giggles,  the actual poster itself says..JUSTICE, EQUALITY and HUMAN RIGHTS, LETS COME TOGETHER!   We did, so much so..it was almost impossible to get into DC.
There was a bit of a fuss because 99% of the people organizing and involved in this march were pro- choice (sorry if I wrote pro-life earlier), and the Pro-choice people who were marching the next day wanted to join in and march with signs knowing this was going to be huge.
They were told they could march in unity only.  No conflicting signs.  The groups involved organized and handled the permits.  It was a Pro-choice and A UNIFIED  WOMANS march.   Stop arguing, you have no idea what you are talking about.
If you are talking about the hats.. That wasnt against just Trump..that was a respect issue..it was against all men that have no respect...like you.  IT was a WOMANS MARCH.
 
The unity that happened that day was a catalyst to what you now see happening in every state in the US.  All people are fighting back because they now know the numbers are there.
 
John G Added Sep 24, 2017 - 9:41pm
LOLz. Truly bizarre.
Saint George Added Sep 25, 2017 - 1:52am
Thanks for your contributions to this Web site. They have filled a much-needed gap.
wsucram15 Added Sep 25, 2017 - 5:27am
Saint George..Speak your mind and stop doing the edited version its weird.  You arent supposed to argue with JohnG and actually try to look at someone elses viewpoint.   That aside, thats for your continued contribution to my feed.
opher goodwin Added Sep 25, 2017 - 5:33am
If it wasn't for mass protests we would not have trade unions protecting workers rights, black people integrated into society with equality, ordinary men having the vote, women having the vote, India's independence, a fair wage, a welfare state, South Africa's emergence from apartheid, an end to slavery .....................  The list goes on and on. The freedoms we all take for granted were won through protest and bloody battles. None are given freely.
You can volunteer all you like and be a good parent but that doesn't get you off of the back of the bus.
wsucram15 Added Sep 25, 2017 - 5:36am
John..not bizarre, it was the first of hundreds of such protests still going on today.  I cant discuss the ideals or organization on here anymore. Just that which has already happened.
wsucram15 Added Sep 25, 2017 - 5:52am
William,
As a parent you must be involved in both community issues and issues that could affect your children.  No I dont feel its enough, to just be a parent.  Things affect your kids and their friends. Sometimes you just have to be paying attention.  But try to remember, my sister was an activist so I grew up knowing how to handle these kinds of things.
 
As a single mother if  I was able to work full time, take care of the kids and my mom, volunteer for sports or other activity with my son and still have some limited time to work in activism when I saw the absolute need I feel anyone can (and Should).  I realized though people are too busy and frankly lazy. "someone else will handle it".  But William, it doesnt always get done that way. Even at the local levels.
 
I worked with the school board on issues that I felt were important. Once I pushed along the funding for some A/C units for the trailers they had kids classed into due to overcrowding.  The kids were getting sick. (they take your calls and if they can do something they do..but it takes a GROUP to get things done-or knowing the right person).   I also pulled up a petition to put additional funding into the school system for more space as opposed to the trailers.   They built a huge school for students who want to get specific certificates in school. Like Auto, Pre-nursing, computers, Carpentry, plumbing..stuff like that.  They then made all the schools magnet programs thereby giving them a specialty area, and shifting students into schools that fit their criteria.   It eased the over crowding somewhat moving students around into less dense neighborhoods and giving them a "field of study".  Some of those programs are notoriously difficult to get into because the colleges recruit from there.  Not my idea, but pushing AND BEING A PAIN IN THE ASS does tend to make people creative. 
 
I was even involved in the local recreation council...and helped get them caught stealing from the kids.  The treasurer served 5 years. In fact the entire situation cost local taxpayers over a million dollars. But the States attorney (my former professor) would only prosecute two people and the evidence was too weak on the County Commissioner.  If people would only read, it didnt make the news on television until the charges were filed.  But I have a friend at Baltimore Sun and the story  was in the paper the entire time.
 
You should get involved William, people dont read and they dont pay attention.  Unfortunately, I have found corruption just about everywhere. Be a change William and do it to make things a better place for your kids.
 
Keep it simple..volunteer by be aware and dont be afraid to get involved "with others" on your communities behalf.
I have worked with many state politicians here on issues that directly impacted my community or that of schools, the elderly, etc.  I still have all the letters from that stuff.  Including letters from the federal level when I retired and became even more active.
 
I raised my kids very well thank you and they are good parents, one of them to an autistic child. My daughters huge cause.  They are also activists themselves in this world FOR the FUTURE of their children. 

"More than holding a sign in public"..your right, there is much more to it than that and if you had a clue about activism you would know that.  I gave you so much more credit than that.
 
Activism is not about hate or being a pain in the ass every time, but sometimes to effect change, you have to push buttons. People have died so you could sit on your ass and bitch about others.  You would not have the internet the way you have it right now if it were not for people like myself.   I dont see that continuing though..it gets more difficult with each submission to keep the net open like it now is.  Too many FCC regulations relaxed and the protections we as people have are going away, bit by bit.  But people dont know that, they just watch the news,  AND BELIEVE IT.
 
 
wsucram15 Added Sep 25, 2017 - 6:28am
All I can say to everyone..is you have to get involved. No matter what your "cause is".. I dont agree with Roper, in fact I am diametrically opposed to him in every way and have been since I was very young. But at least he speaks out.  This is a volitile issue and in some areas gaining traction.
But anyway.. do something positive for your communities.  Just dont sit home and wonder. Get active. Particulary BillH and George.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Sep 25, 2017 - 7:19am
Yep, Jeanne. Get out and do.
George N Romey Added Sep 25, 2017 - 8:55am
Ive begun to help counsel the unemployed at my church particularly older workers. Many of the older workers actually believed the stats and thought there was something wrong with them. What we need are Independents in Washington willing to fight against the two corrupt two party system and the elites that put them power.
William Stockton Added Sep 25, 2017 - 10:02am
Hey, Jeanne,
I do respect your passion for politics and moving the dial one way or another.  Political activism has its place.  If Hillary had won, I certainly believe I would have been on some street corner holding a sign.  Today, I am involved more behind the scenes.
 
Marches, rallies, etc . . . I doubt their effectiveness for persuading the public.  However, political activism, the public sort, allows people to vent and is perhaps more useful for the activist than the viewing public. 
I realize there are other avenues for political activism (contacting elected officials) but this also is a form of letting off steam.
 
wsucram15 Added Sep 25, 2017 - 10:28am
William you totally missed my point.
A) I did not support Hillary and this is not about the womans march.
B) Its not about letting off steam..did you even read my comment to you at all?   Activism involves more than protesting and holding up signs.   It is about changing funding and legislation, especially at the local level.
I know you didnt read my comment because you would understand that if you had.
ITs ok..I have changed things. I dont need you to acknowledge my or anyone else in this posts contributions,  others more important have.  I just wanted you to understand it for future generations.  Thats all..
wsucram15 Added Sep 25, 2017 - 10:31am
Also..I hate politics...literally hate it. I had to learn it in order to fight it also to find the right balance on issues.   I would have run for office if I thought I was passionate about it or even tolerate it.
William Stockton Added Sep 25, 2017 - 10:41am
Jeanne, "I know you didnt read my comment because you would understand that if you had."
 
I did read your comment.  On its many points, I agree with you.
 
My addition (if that) is to point out that political and social activism can be in more positive efforts like volunteering and nurturing kids (society now downplays the importance of two-parent households and the importance of having nurturing adults in a child's life).
 
My comments were additions to yours and do not take away anything that you said.  Not sure why the defensive posturing.
Jeff Michka Added Sep 25, 2017 - 3:45pm
wsucram15 sez to The Do Nothings: People have died so you could sit on your ass and bitch about others.-Amen.  Honor them, do something.
Lynn Johnson Added Sep 25, 2017 - 5:39pm
Late in commenting but enjoyed reading the list and your insight on each.  As a conservative, there are some on this list I would not politically support or associate with, but also some that I would, and a few that I greatly admire.
 
I particularly admire the four young men sitting at the counter in Woolworths.  This is an image ingrained in the America psyche (as is that photo of Rosa Parks).  It was a simple, peaceful act of defiance that really sent a clear message of how ignorant and unjust some societal norms were.  You think about what these young men risked at the time to make that statement; and the bravery and character it took to follow through.  Inspiring!
 
I've always thought the most truth was laid bare when a protester risked bodily harm to expose the injustice of those who would do him/her harm.  Humility and selflessness are the ultimate teachers of such lessons. These traits were the special calling of Martin Luther King Jr. 
 
In my younger more activist’s days I took part in a few (3 or 4) protests though none as inspiring as those listed.
 
Today, the world has increasingly gone mad when it comes to the art and civility of protesting.  We have our positive moments (see here) but more and more often see thuggery masquerading as protesting (see here).  We’re not protesting, we're just spoiling for a fight (literally).
 
As for me, If there is any hint of violence, or declaration that violence is acceptable; if you're purpose is to silence anybody else (see here or here) (as opposed to counter the content of their message), you've lost any sympathy I might have had for you or your cause.
wsucram15 Added Sep 25, 2017 - 5:45pm
William;
you said this.." However, political activism, the public sort, allows people to vent and is perhaps more useful for the activist than the viewing public. 
I realize there are other avenues for political activism (contacting elected officials) but this also is a form of letting off steam."
I gave you specific examples of my political activism that had nothing to do with letting off steam.  Net Neutraility and the FCC, The County Commissioner, The Chamber of Commerce (although I did not give details), and I have talked multiple times about speaking at the Congress and with my Senators, and Congressmen.  I also worked with both Ehrlich and O'Malley on a couple of issues concerning the elderly and also homelessness.
These are not issues of anger and have to be handled in a specific way.  At times and concerning specific issues, I dont always contact these people they call me.  
 
I just dont want you to think that all activists are aggressive protestors, they are not.  Not by a long shot.
wsucram15 Added Sep 25, 2017 - 5:46pm
Jeff..you crack me up.
John G Added Sep 25, 2017 - 6:22pm
John..not bizarre, it was the first of hundreds of such protests still going on today.  I cant discuss the ideals or organization on here anymore. Just that which has already happened.
Your response to my question was bizarre. 
It sounds to me like you don't know what these protests are actually designed to achieve. 
As I said before, in my opinion these 'resistance' protests and womens marches are more about promoting the Democratic Party than any genuine revolutionary goals.
Your non-responses have only served to strengthen that opinion.
When I see Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who symbolises more than anyone the betrayal of the progressive left I can't get on board.
'Women's solidarity' in and of itself means nothing.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Sep 25, 2017 - 7:02pm
42.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Sep 25, 2017 - 7:04pm
People have died so you could sit on your ass and bitch about others
 
LOL. They died for nothing else but economic interests. But as I said: 42.
Jeff Michka Added Sep 25, 2017 - 8:30pm
wsucram15 declares: Jeff..you crack me up.-Good, I Suppose, but wonder why, although doubt I'll be told since I'm not excite by Geo R's annointment on WB.
wsucram15 Added Sep 25, 2017 - 8:31pm
SEF..I dont think people at Kent State University died over economic interests or many others.  I am respectful to you, explain.
You need to be clear in what you are saying.
Even civil rights was over the unequal economics in housing...most people are unaware of that.  But NOT ALL PEOPLE are in it for the money.  
Jeff Michka Added Sep 25, 2017 - 8:33pm
People have died so you could sit on your ass and bitch about others -LOL. They died for nothing else but economic interests. But as I said: 42.-Back to being just generally dismissive, SEFa.  There are only two, maybe three or four wbERS THAT WILL LAY CLAIM TO ACTUALLY DOING THINGS, but since it's in US and not by tribal Africans, it isn't valid, correct?
wsucram15 Added Sep 25, 2017 - 8:45pm
Jeff..I meant that in a haha kinda funny way..not being mean, 
Damn.
Im still trying to figure out what the DNC has to do with the womans movement.
I was there...and I am sure members of the DNC were as well. But as women. Jesus Christ..there are some women haters on here.
This is a fucked up place to be..it really is.  When you can write a post about people that have worked to change things for people who do nothing but complain and they give me grief? 
 
Not happening..not today..not tomorrow or any other day.
Now I know what my friends are talking about on this page.
Jeff Michka Added Sep 25, 2017 - 9:04pm
wsucram15 notes: I meant that in a haha kinda funny way..not being mean,-Okay,  Hard to tell, these days.  Just seemed strange.:AND When you can write a post about people that have worked to change things for people who do nothing but complain and they give me grief?-On WB that seems a given.  Never give up.  The shame is there is a lot of talent here, but it remains unused. PS I think it wonderful you were involved with Net Neutrality and the FCC in, I'll presume other "policy" issues that really do affect us as citizens, but few are willing to engage over but easily could if they took a few moments.
Michael B. Added Sep 25, 2017 - 10:16pm
Back in 2012, I was proud to be part of the semi-unruly mob that at least closed down the local Bank of FuckYou for the rest of the afternoon. A poo-but and pathetic gesture, I know, but we all had our little taste of victory.
John G Added Sep 25, 2017 - 11:21pm
 Jeanne: Jesus Christ..there are some women haters on here.
You are truly pathetic. Questioning you and your motives does NOT equal misogyny.
No one is trying to stop you marching for corporate America. 
Michael B. Added Sep 26, 2017 - 12:10am
Fuck you John G. I would love to soak you in gas, light you on fire, and then catapult your ass into a croc pit, serving them a rare hot meal, you cocksmoker!
wsucram15 Added Sep 26, 2017 - 10:51am
Jeff- You know, there are very bright people on here.  I wish I could take some of that bitching and just turn it into activism (no matter what the cause) just for a short period of time.  I know the ideas from here would be incredible.
 
It just seems to me like people have given up and I understand that, but if we had done that throughout history..where would we have been?   You have to fight back.  It is actually your duty as a US citizen to do so.  ESPECIALLY IF YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT IS HAPPENING.   Its such a waste of talent. 
 
JohnG..from you, I take that as a compliment. But you are indeed a misogynist. Anything in opposition of you is a bonus.   You have no foundation  on here or anywhere else, and as far as I can see have no right to question me.
 
MichealB- we dont burn people, now.  Comeon.  His own bitterness is his reward. You know that.   Dont feed into his hate..let him keep that all to himself.
wsucram15 Added Sep 26, 2017 - 10:52am
But I did get a chuckle..could not help myself.  Much apologies. 
Jeff Michka Added Sep 26, 2017 - 12:35pm
wsucram15 sez: It just seems to me like people have given up and I understand that-I fail to understand it.  This has been my complaint with the "deep state" crowd.  ALL FULL OF "don't/can't do anything, so surrender, it is useless."  Very bad at a time where fixing problems is usually an "all hands" situation, yet they run further away, instead.  That's my center complaint about ol Geo R.  All talk, no action or even call to action.
wsucram15 Added Sep 26, 2017 - 12:43pm
Jeff... You can complain about George, But I like him.  I know you have your differences but he is a smart man.  I dont know what holds him back, actually I think I do..but when he breaks out of that, watch out.
 
It would help him a great deal to get out and work in politics or at least with a group like MoveOn or one of the groups like ACLU and the like.
Quite a bit goes on and you can get as involved or not as you see fit.  But its something that gets you around other ideas and like minded people. 
Thats the important thing...change, for anyone, you too.
Jeff Michka Added Sep 26, 2017 - 12:59pm
wsucram15 sez: You can complain about George, But I like him.  I know you have your differences but he is a smart man.  I dont know what holds him back,-Geo R holds Geo R BACK.  "Smart" when all is inaction, seems silly to apply, given he probably is smart enough for "solutions," but chooses not to apply the "smarts." AND But its something that gets you around other ideas and like minded people. Thats the important thing.  Well, ol Geo did get around like-minded conspiracy theorists and adopted the movement, making it his own.
John G Added Sep 26, 2017 - 4:09pm
JohnG..from you, I take that as a compliment. But you are indeed a misogynist. 
LOLz. I'm no misogynist and you are no progressive nor a Masters candidate. You sound drug addled and washed up.
John G Added Sep 26, 2017 - 4:12pm
MoveOn is the Democratic Party. 
March for the loser Hillary Clinton.
Yeah that's real revolutionary resistance.
Neoconservatives unite!!!!!!
Dr. Rupert Green Added Sep 26, 2017 - 6:13pm
Thank you Wsucram15.
 
"David Richmond, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair,Jr, Joseph McNeil- Greensboro Four- Four men who decided they were going to sit at the lunch counter in a Woolworth’s “white only” section, were service was refused to blacks. Due to lack of provocation by the students, the police could take no action. They stayed in place until the store closed and returned the next day with hundreds of students from the college. This spread to 55 cities in 13 states and got national media coverage for the treatment of African Americans.  The 4 seats are in the Smithsonian Institute and this was considered one of the milestones of the civil rights movement."
 
Your article speaks to my latest piece when Black and other men stood up. The hating on President Trump is that he has the balls to dares to stand up, notwithstanding he does not do it "daintily" and "prettily" as feminized men want him to do.
George N Romey Added Sep 26, 2017 - 6:30pm
I'll go out and march for campaign finance reform (publicly financed elections), allowing 3rd parties in debates and the abolishment of PACs and lobbyists. Anything other than that is a waste of time. Removing Donald Trump does nothing or touchy feely protests do nothing. Until you disable the power of the Deep State we will continue to become a troubled 3rd world nation.
John G Added Sep 26, 2017 - 8:28pm
How is Trump standing up?
wsucram15 Added Sep 26, 2017 - 8:31pm
George...Wolfpac..get involved, just to meet others of a like mindset. See what you might be able to do. http://www.wolf-pac.com/florida  Wolfpac-read first...its detailed.
 
https://www.citizen.org/media/press-releases/reform-groups-applaud-reintroduction-democracy-all-constitutional-amendment
http://www.pfaw.org/fighting-big-money-in-politics/
one of the first ones above
http://www.commoncause.org/  another original-have worked with them-they have a chapter in western FL
 
Good source-http://www.aei.org/
One of my sources..you may have read this-http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/06/history-money-american-elections/
Here is some dark money and non-profits lurking in your territory.
http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/floridas-growth-of-dark-money-political-groups-follows-national-trend/2277286
tag this paper- always something good on this topic
http://www.darkmoneywatch.org/tag/florida/  
just to keep you up to date...
http://www.newsweek.com/2016/10/07/charles-david-koch-donald-trump-afp-503496.html
research.
 
There are other groups but now, most with the exception of very few are involved in everything.  The reason for that is Dark Money is so prevalent that you have to fight back in numbers on EVERYTHING.
There are some branches of Occupy that still mobilize and thats ALL they do. There are 2,000 members in the Tampa area. But there are chapters all over FL.  https://www.facebook.com/occupyflorida/
Look up your area in Florida...I think there are 15 or 16 areas with chapters.
 
 
 
John G Added Sep 26, 2017 - 9:46pm
OWS was usurped by Podesta and the Democrats. It's now an astroturf operation.
wsucram15 Added Sep 27, 2017 - 7:34am
Comments closed....
wsucram15 Added Sep 27, 2017 - 7:35am
Thanks for your contributions to this Web site. They have filled a much-needed gap.
Dr. Rupert Green Added Sep 27, 2017 - 1:48pm
@Billy. "How ironic, I'm also going to be giving a speech and leading a workshop on activism next weekend at the StormFront Conference in Tennessee."
 
Is this Republican brother invited?
Jeff Michka Added Sep 27, 2017 - 3:37pm
Geo Romey declares: I'll go out and march for campaign finance reform (publicly financed elections), allowing 3rd parties in debates and the abolishment of PACs and lobbyists.-Sure you will, next "snowballs in hell," you are a permanent "talk big, Do nothing, Geo.  Unlike most people and wine, you won't improve with age.
Jeff Michka Added Sep 27, 2017 - 3:41pm
Dr. Green asks: StormFront Conference in Tennessee." Is this Republican brother invited?-You'll could have an interesting time with Nazis, Dr. Green. What cracks me up is Der Sturmfuhrer got taken down at least twice after Charlottesville.  Didn't give Billy the Nazi and Nazi Tom Purcell a place to hang their nazi caps, so to speak. If you're running for office, even as an R., hang with the Trumpists instead. 
Dave Volek Added Sep 27, 2017 - 4:46pm
wsucram15:
Great post and great comments. If it weren't for that 2% pushing buttons, the world would still be run by aristocrats.
 
My problem with activism is that why should there be activists in the first place. If we go back to the example of the stuffy classroom with no air conditioning, why couldn't the authorities fix it right when the problem became apparent? Why did there need to be 10 or 20 or 30 parents together to force the change?
 
Western democracy sometimes is not able to fill these holes very well. It's time for an alternative system of governance.
 
 
wsucram15 Added Sep 27, 2017 - 4:47pm
Agreed.
George N Romey Added Sep 27, 2017 - 5:45pm
Actually I've joined the #unrigged movement. It's first and foremost about getting money out of elections so that Independents can run and get elected. 
wsucram15 Added Sep 27, 2017 - 7:13pm
Good..those ones I gave you are older groups.  Ive worked with a couple earlier on and have pulled back from Wolfpac for my own reasons. But they all do good work.
Jeff Michka Added Sep 27, 2017 - 7:27pm
Geo do nothing Romey claims: The challenge is that this group won't go away with just protests particularly with politicians protecting and enabling them. I think it will take all out social revolt.-I KNOW YOU'RE CLAIMING YOU'RE JOINING GROUPS, GEO, BUT I HOPE THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THOSE GROUPS THAT DO THINGS....YOU Won't, save sit here and pontificate "Deep State" stuff and cry you don't have employment somewhere they "dress to your standards."  What an arrogant SOB you are, Romey.  And trying to buy off wsucram15 talking all this "activist" stuff up, but doubt you follow through on ANYTHING.  JenJen needs some bumps, Geo.  Maybe lady segmentedhat will take your emotional support on.
Jeff Michka Added Sep 27, 2017 - 7:31pm
opher goodwin states: None are given freely. You can volunteer all you like and be a good parent but that doesn't get you off of the back of the bus.-Good answer to Stockpot's query about why we need activists.  
John G Added Sep 28, 2017 - 1:39am
We need dissent, not professional activists.
Jeff Michka Added Sep 28, 2017 - 7:53pm
John G sez: We need dissent, not professional activists-We need action, not pontification and panic talk.  We need more activists, if nothing else, those that can and will do things, not just whine about it and accuse people of being trolls when their "dedication" is questioned.

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