There are moments when I wonder why a particular speech, article, or instance of oppression, has not been the spark that ignited the fuse that led to a revolution.
The following speech is a case in point. (The link is to the first of four segments. The total length is about 30 minutes.) The speaker is Thomas Linzey, cofounder of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. His assertions and solutions are – and I mean every syllable of this overused term – revolutionary.
I will be writing more about this speech and the topics he covers in the near future, but I didn’t want to delay in recommending the video to you. If you suspect that the deck is stacked against the survival of people and nature, Mr. Linzey will confirm those suspicions, give you a glimpse of the root causes, and tell you what some people are beginning to do about it. We do not have time to waste.
Sometimes the reason a spark can’t light the fuse is that they haven’t been brought together. Please share this speech widely.
If, after viewing, you are wondering what to do, here are some options. (You know, the media always tell us what’s wrong. They never tell us what we can do about it. Which is one reason we feel frustrated and helpless. I’m going to tell you what you can do about it. Then it’s up to you and me.)
99% Spring offers training in nonviolent resistance between April 9 and 15. Find a training near you. (I attended the training for trainers, and will be assisting as needed in California, where I will be that week.)
April 28 March Against the War on Women, occurring in every state capitol and Washington, D.C.
May 1 General Strike nationwide.
UPDATE: Last night, on APril 2, Las Vegas, New Mexico became the first community in the state to pass an ordinance like what Mr. Linzey discusses in this speech.
I would remind you that “Change is just the way things are.” Things always change, and never do so without agents of change. If things don’t change in the direction needed, it is because we are not the agents of change. Someone else is. But if they can be, we can be.
As the people of Las Vegas demonstrated last night.
As we demonstrated to force an inquiry into the death of Trayvon Martin.
And stopping the legal imposition of some of the invasive medical procedures that state and federal legislatures wanted to impose on women without their consent.
We are just beginning.