Poor Ugly Happy (chrissie) wrote in rncnotwelcome,
Poor Ugly Happy
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Important Question.

The convention and subsequent protests weren't all fun and games for me. I spent a lot of time this week while marching, while rallying, while protesting, in serious meditation of the state of affairs of the nation and the world.

A lot of issues were brought to light that I wasn't aware of, from the injustices of this administrations to the injustices around the world.

The question now is... do we just go back to "business as usual" or do we continue to educate ourselves and actually do. We would be doing ourselves and all of the work that we've done this week a serious disservice if all this week was for us were a serious of protests and parties and hur hur hur now i'm going back to my life. It's doing a disservice and feeding to the propaganda about protesters.

We need to be more than just protesters. We need to be activists. Change is possible, but we need to not only voice our opinions on it, but we need to work toward our goals.

The people united will never be defeated.

Did we unite this week, or did we just hang out of a week to now go on our separate ways?

I know what my choice is.
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That is a really inspiring post. For me the process of transformation from "token liberal" to "aware" to "involved" to "activist" was slow and gradual, but once I hit that final stage it's it's like your eyes open. And there isn't really a way to go back, nor would I want to.
I've been wondering this myself. How does this become a movement? Something significant was created over this week in NYC. I saw pretty diverse communities converge around the RNC, getting rid of Bush, creating peace, and social and economic justice. I think that coalition-building needs to become more formalized and include a four-month strategy for starters. I could see UFPJ taking that kind of role. They've been national for quite a while, but the A29 march pushed them up a notch. Are they planning a march on Washington?
I totally agree with you on imporance of coalition-building; however I don't know if some of the more radical groups that collaborated with UFPJ around this one-time event b/c it made sense tactically would work with them strategically. And among many groups I think UFPJ already has that kind of a role, as the umbrella organization...do you mean march on Washington in case Bush steals the election again?
"...I don't know if some of the more radical groups that collaborated with UFPJ around this one-time event b/c it made sense tactically would work with them strategically."

Yeah, that might be true, but if there's another big scandal around the elections this time *shuddering* it might be enough for groups to organize together again.

"...do you mean march on Washington in case Bush steals the election again?"

I heard a rumor about another anti-war Washington march being planned before the election. (Maybe just a rumor?)