(See "The way to respond to ISIS is not through violence." )
(See News Worth Spreading: "There IS An Alternative to War!" )
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 American Rebellion: Just Think What They Would've Done with Twitter!)
One thing that is clear to me is that the way community forms on Twitter bears the closest resemblance to the characteristics of community formation that we, as activists, need to work with from now on.
(See Twitter Community for Activism: What Do We Understand?)
"Could it possibly be that we're not supposed to try to hang onto people? Is is possible that we're supposed to prepare people, and then let them go?"
(See What I Learned in Church (7 Habits) )
The panopticon was a prison design that reversed the old paradigm, in which prisoners were stored away, "out of sight, out of mind," and instead arrayed them in a way in which they could be observed as efficiently as possible by the fewest number of managers.
(See Drones, 1984, and Foucault's Panopticon)
(See Drone Gaze, Drone Injury: The War on Communities of Color )
(See Easter Victory: The Guantanamo Lawyers )
So as I watched Ziggy for the first time last night, I asked myself, "What is it? What is it? What is the frisson that one feels? It's part charisma, part sexuality, partly the thrill of gender-bending, partly adolescent rebellion . . . . But what is it that Ziggy did (and does) for so many people?" (It can't be a single thing, can it?)
(See "You're NOT alone!" (Ziggy the Subversive) )
Faced with chorus of voices saying, "Isn't it time for you to tone it down? Can't you be more reasonable? What is it you want, anyway?" Jesus kept right on doing what he was doing. And that was a sign to us about how to live our lives . . . .
(See WWJD? Occupy! )
This past fall, a friend said to me, "It's good that you came to the demonstration; it would be even better if you brought a sign!" That was the start of something I've enjoyed a lot. And a lot of those signs have found their way into my blog posts.
(See Scarry Signs )
How might an uprising against inequality and dismantling the military-industrial complex dovetail?
(See WHERE'S MINE? Inequality in the US and the Military-Industrial Complex )
(See J'ACCUSE: The Beneficiaries of Permawar )
I don't think Alanna and I ever talked about what it must be like to be trying to escape a shower of sparks and hot ash. But she seemed to know that the sparks and hot ash are too important a part of the picture to be left out.
(See The Children Are Waiting )
(See NUCLEAR WEAPONS: Who will bring us down to earth? )
(See HIROSHIMA: What does it mean to say, "We are ALL 'hibakusha'?")
Before there was the NATO5 -- or the NATO3 -- there was NATOin5. 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 Make Drone Killing 100% VISIBLE!)
(See Free Them All )
(See O Canada! (We'll always have "Expo" . . . . ))
(See Taipei c. 1979 )
What people in Asia (and others) have seen for the past century is that something is happening in the Pacific, and it's being driven in part by advances in naval (and, subsequently, aviation and electronics) technology, and in part by powerful nations (principally, but not limited to, the U.S.) proximate to the area.
(See The Imperialized Pacific: What We Need to Understand)
(See The REALLY Big Short: The Jig is Up with Oil Companies)
Why is a novel an important tool for creative resistance?
(See Creative Resistance 101: Uncle Tom's Cabin )
A campaign exists to bring about a democratically-elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) in Chicago. The campaign would involve the people in electing the watchers of the police, and put the ultimate control of (and responsibility for) the police in the hands of the citizens of Chicago.
(See Does a Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) need to be part of a "new plan of Chicago"? )
When Chicagoans fully succeed in fully connecting the dots -- especially to the crimes being committed in their name with their tax dollars and the weapons produced by their favored corporate citizen, Boeing -- I think there will be some new and different phone calls taking place . . .
(See What's New in Chicago: Connecting the Dots - US Aid, Boeing Weapons, Gaza Massacre, Chicago Complicity )
Steven Salaita has forced us to speak quite openly about three rather distinct things that get treated (incorrectly) as if they were the same thing: the state of Israel (and whether you criticize it or support it); the ideology of Zionism (and whether you criticize it or support it); and the religion of Judaism (and whether or not you share in its values and beliefs).
(See "What good is a tweet?" (The Packing and Unpacking of Meaning and the Steven Salaita Case) )
that today will mark not only the end of an era
but also the beginning of new opportunities for worship and service.
(See A Prayer for St. Luke's (Annotated and Illustrated) )