Monday, April 2, 2012

NETWORK the Resistance to NATO!

I was at a non-violence training conducted by Mary Dean and John Volkening yesterday. One of the ideas we talked about was the pragmatic value of non-violence: Because the forces of militarism control the vast majority of the tools of violence -- guns, jets, missiles, bombs, etc. etc. etc. -- on their side, we need to confront them with other means -- ones where we hold the advantage. In order to conduct an effective resistance, we need to ask, "What are our strengths?"




As I thought about it later, I realized that this is why #AfghanistanTuesday is so important:
  • by using Twitter to spread the word, we can extend our reach in time beyond a given single protest, to stimulate antiwar resistance BEFORE, DURING, and AFTER an event
  • by using Twitter to spread the word, we can extend our reach in space beyond a given single protest, to stimulate antiwar resistance FAR BEYOND the neighborhood or city in which a particular event takes place
  • what Twitter lacks in oomph! it more than makes up for in the ease with which a message can spread -- if we grease the wheels properly!



Just look, for example, at how quickly a heavily retweeted post can cascade around the world!

Think what this can mean, for example, in connection with the protests against NATO in Chicago!

Please reach out to ten friends today and get them involved in the weekly resistance to war on #AfghanistanTuesday.


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People tweeted their summaries of NATO in just 5 words (hashtag: #NATOin5). It all started with an interview between Eric Zorn and Andy Thayer about NATO ....

(See #NATOin5)



There is an eerie similarity between events in the book Paul Revere's Ride and events in our world today. I'm thinking particularly of how a network of mass resistance springs into action.

(See New World Counterinsurgency: Deja Vu All Over Again)












Many entities have already started the work of taking on the NATO war-makers when they are in Chicago. Below is a list of some of the most prominent: please support their efforts!

(See Who Will Be Taking On NATO In Chicago?