Movements do not arise from a crack of lightening, nor do they germinate and grow steadily to a grand plateau of harmony. Widely unjust state(s) of affairs that persists that become(s) a rallying condition for the average Sally and Joe. The rallies typically occur by fits and starts, but eventually begin to congeal in the minds of citizens. That moment becomes the movement’s birth day. Usually the most effective of the local leaders becomes the founder.
An effective movement seems to need:
- Numerous sparks of government malfeasance, economic, political, moral or even religious, that offend many people or make them suffer.
- Local leaders who see the writing-on-the-wall who start small groups of the rebellious.
- Local groups congeal into a cohesive movement that rebels peacefully or violently toward the unjust state of affairs.
How successful they are depends on many unpredictable things. These are not our point here.
Posted by RoadToPeace on Friday, January 31, 2014.
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September 17, 2012 (Excerpts Posted 20 Sept 12)
If you have wondered where the spirit of America has gone, the following may give you an answer:
10 AM ET — New York by Sarah Jaffe
“There is no longer an Occupy Wall Street.”
“That's what all the mainstream outlets are saying this week, and they're right in one way. What started as a couple hundred people in a park with no plan has turned into a decentralized, distributed network of activists, affinity groups, organizations and organizers, working on everything from free education to fracking. And so as New York's financial district was choked with glitter, balloons, dance parties and a whole lot of police, Occupy's anniversary feels less like a celebration of what was and more a demonstration of what's becoming.
Posted by RoadToPeace on Thursday, September 20, 2012.
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University of Michigan in Ann Arbor October 14, 1960.
Posted by RoadToPeace on Tuesday, November 29, 2005.
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Organizations Searching For Peace Are Listed Here.
Posted by RoadToPeace on Friday, October 07, 2005.
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