“This ain’t the time or place for you to prove somethin’, cut the star-gazin’ yo move somethin’”
One of the great, and terrible things about this moment is that because everything and their mother is under attack (geddit?), there are about a million things, wherever you are, that you can get involved with to participate in the great upsurge that is going on. I hope that the movement that is being stirred by the fight for Wisconsin public employees’ rights to workplace democracy also embraces and supports the numerous other resistance movements that were initiated by attacks against both their funding streams and very integrities in the rush to fiscal ‘austerity’. That’s certainly the indication I get from Van Jones, but let’s hope there’s some follow-through.
I say this because we have seen, over the last couple of years, no shortage of assaults on not just isolated organizations, communities, and individuals, but assaults on our sources of power, mobilization, and movement capacity, what Chris Bowers calls the ‘Progressive Feedback Loops‘; assaults that have left our ability to respond to further assaults weaker than before. The destruction of ACORN, the witch hunts against Van Jones and Shirley Sherrod, and all the attempts to degrade and undermine Obama and progressivism in general, was not just about taking out random institutions. It was about knocking the wind out of progressive organizers, it was about demobilizing and taking out the engines and fuel supplies of the movement that is so much more than Barack Obama. And so far we have not seen the rush that we see now to support, on a national level, those key communities that are under attack, all at once. We are all in this together, and they’re attacking us all for the same reason- to diminish our ability to fight back. Let’s remember that going forward, and know we can’t afford to lose a single piece of progressive infrastructure. With that being said, here are just a small slice of the struggles that are going on, and a small sample of the ways to get involved: