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The time has come. I am done trying to convince you that this country is not being governed with the American peoples’ best interests at heart. You do not need me to tell you what is wrong with this country. We can all see what is happening from our vastly diverse perspectives.
ProgressiveToo is staging its first demonstration.
How would our government react to 10 million people camped out in their respective cities, peacefully refusing to leave public squares? I think it is time we found out.
What are we protesting against?
1) The Supreme Court decision allowing corporations to make unlimited campaign donations to our elected officials
2) Tax cuts to the wealthiest .003% of Americans while our nation crumbles from the ground up
3) The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)
4) The complete lack of government transparency that we were promised
5) The bombs our nation drops on other people
6) The war on collective bargaining rights
7) Education cuts and other budget cuts that enslave the impoverished
8) The simple fact that Americans work 40 hours per week for $10k per year
Participants need not agree with each of these stances. One will do. And of course, this list is incomplete and will grow larger as you complain to me about issues not on this list. But these are the core issues that we will protest.
All you need to know to participate is that your government is not effectively representing your interests.
I have no money. I have no company. I have no organization. But I have a lot of like-minded friends. For a few days, I have been beating the bushes, seeking out those who are ready to get involved.
This is what a real grassroots movement looks like.
Do you have experience in staging grassroots demonstrations? Are you looking to gain such experience? I am.
Often, we sit around, waiting for the protest to come to our community. I am done waiting. The time has come to bring the protest to you. We need organizers in every state. You do not have to agree with everything I say to get involved. I am not a leader.
All that is required is honesty, civility and a burning desire to make our nation a better place for the next generation. I do not seek mindless followers. I seek thinkers, doers and motivators!
Being a true grassroots movement, we have no sponsors. Money will be an issue. But I don’t recall any provision in our Constitution or the Bill of Rights that states that only those with money have the right to assemble.
I have heard a thousand reasons why this will never work. That is how we got to this point. Assuming we are powerless has become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
We can either start organizing now, or we can wait a few more years and see what happens. Are you tired of getting ripped off and lied to, yet?
If you live in a city that is going to be hostile to your beliefs, do not plan to protest in that jurisdiction. Most likely, there is a more sympathetic community near you that will make things much easier for us.
The Tea Party does not stage its rallies in Spanish Harlem, because they know they are not welcome. We will show our political adversaries the same respect. We will protest in communities that want to hear our message.
Protesters should not show up expecting a screaming match. If you want to scream at people who disagree with you, this movement may not be the best venue for your brand of politics.
If you are going to make signs, use spell check first. People in other nations look at pictures and videos of these signs at these protests and deem us morons. And I don’t blame them. And the signs should be devoid of insulting rhetoric. We are not protesting American citizens who disagree with us. We are protesting a system that is not representing our interests.
For years we have said that nothing will ever change. And for years, nothing has changed. Perhaps it is time for a new strategy.
These protests will be fun. We will sit and enjoy music. We will share stories. We will politely and respectfully discuss issues with those who disagree with us.
And we will clean up before we leave, because real progressives do not litter.
Please come join the conversation at the ProgressiveToo Facebook page (very new, still in production but available now) where we are discussing just how we are going to create the largest grassroots movement in the history of America.
Get on, tell us where you are from and what you need to start a protest in your community.
PS: This movement is in desperate need of a name!
UPDATE: April 4, 2011 –
Due to a generous donation of time and effort we now have our name as well as our official logo. We are now RiseTogether!