If you can make it to Faneuil Hall in Boston around 11:30 this Thursday that’d be great. If you can do something locally wherever you are that’d be great. If you can take some time and write to your congress critters that’d be great. If you can take some time and write some LTEs that’d be great. If you can take some time and call your congress critters or local rag that’d be great.
If you can join one of the many protests that seem to be naturally occurring simultaneously that’d be really great. The longshoremen’s union, the truckers and the immigrants will all be making a statement on the born-in-the-USA (Haymarket, Chicago, 1886, 8 hr workday movement) International Workers Day.
Don’t know about all of you out there but I just can’t sit around flinging IP packets into the bit-stream and waiting for something to happen. We can type away until our fingers fall off. It’ll change nothing. We gather here in web space and piss and moan to the chorus. We’re intelligent, we’re creative, we’re outraged by what is happening around us. We pour our hearts out. Nothing happens. We’d still be in Viet Nam if people hadn’t gone out of their way to show up by the dozens, then hundreds, then thousands, then tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands, to collectively vent their unwillingness to allow the desecration of all they held to be right to continue.
It has to start somewhere at some point in time with someone showing up in public to make the case for stopping the collective insanity. It looks like a lot of people have picked May One as the day. If you can’t bring yourself to participate, find something going on and go watch. Body counts matter. There’s enough of us who were around for the 60s and 70s protests to remember what it felt like to be part of a movement for peace. Movement is the key. Turn off the computer, go outside, find one other person to join you and go to the most heavily trafficked public place near you. See if anyone else shows up who may have the same feelings you do.
This May One thing is in our primitive neo-pagan history. It’s that cross-quarter day halfway between the Vernal Equinox and the Summer Solstice. There’s a primal nature behind the day. Get outside with other like-minded people and see what happens. Take pictures. YELL LOUDER!
May One. Take America Back.
I’ve been thinking about some things that could be done at Faneuil Hall this Thursday. Masslass and I were talking today, kicking some ideas around. Turns out we’ve both hit on the idea of an issues list just for our own uses. It’d be nice to see a comprehensive list of the major issues raining down on us. They’d make a nice bullet point list to print up and hand out. There’ll be an issues thread at the start of the comments. We could use input from the Dharma sitezens.
A survey might be a nice thing to get people’s responses. Any favorite questions you’d like to ask the general public? It’s an easy way to start a dialog with a stranger. Clipboard, pencils, survey sheets. People love to have someone ask them their opinion on the big issues of life. Here’s a quick conversation starter – How much did you last pay for a gallon of gas and what did you pay on April One? I just filled my tank about ten days ago. The price today was $0.40 higher – $3.51 – and that was the lowest around!!! Trust me on this one, people will love to share their horror stories. I’ve had three conversations with strangers just today on that subject. I’ve heard of $0.06 – $0.20 AM to PM one day price rises. You may just point out to them that oil went up due to this little thing going on in Iraq. Halliburton Dick is very pleased today.
So, what question would like to have answered by the general public? That’ll be the second thread.
There’s so much to be pissed about that everyone will have a handful of major issues. There’s no need to tap into just one issue on May One. Tap into the desire of people to vent. We all need to vent after a long winter and seven years of national humiliation and degradation. This can work but it has to start with one-on-one contact at the most basic level. So if you can, do something on May One. Don’t let it go by and regret letting a prime day pass. This is the last May One of Bush-Cheney. I suppose you can always wait a year until the first May One of John McCain. He’s close in the polls today. A little voter suppression here, a little electronic and untraceable ballot tampering there, add in a magic super-vote by SCOTUS and we’ll have four more May Ones to think about it.
Apathy and inertia are a default YES vote for more of the same. A big freaking YES vote to let this bunch of criminals go off into the sunset with smiles on their faces and piles of cash in the bank as they backhandedly flip us all off over their departing shoulders. See you later, suckers! Something about that strikes me as dead wrong.
So here’s a sample May One handout packet idea, you can put one together at home:
1. Totally awesome (OPOL) “May One. Take America Back!” cover
2. Issues to think about and write or call about, bullet list
3. Elected official names, addresses, phones, e-mail; LTE e-mail/mail addresses locally
4. Top issues survey.
5. Contact info for follow-up if they’re interested
Not a big deal. Meet a stranger. Find out how much you agree on the outrage. Let them vent. You might just make some new friends and acquaintances. Somewhere, sometime, someone, somehow. Make it happen.