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gurnam-s-brard's picture
Nov.01.2011
The important thing to remember is that the word civil is the key in this context. Before the days when rulers became obligated to follow laws, they could just massacre anyone who disobeyed. If British had the attitudes of the rulers of a century before Indian Independence, Gandhi would have...
red-room-well-red's picture
Oct.31.2011
“Activism is the rent we must pay for the privilege of living in a democracy. Protest is how you pay your civic rent.”  – Red Room author Naomi Wolf, quoting her late grandmother, Dr. Fay Goleman in her article "The First Amendment and the Obligation to Peacefully Disrupt in a Free Society."...
syed-hasan-shahid-bukhari's picture
Oct.29.2011
The Wall Street Protesters ... you see ... are part, of the Protesters ...Protesting all over the world ...Wall Street side-walk occupation by Protesters ... is, Symbolic. When such happens on the Universal scale ... its called ... "The Universal Change" ...Not a Political...
amy-arena's picture
Oct.28.2011
I do not believe in Civil Disobedience.  Civil Disobedience is a misnomer.  It is our civic responsibility to act out when government no longer treats its citizens with civility.  As a youngster I was drawn to movements demonstrated a true spirit of community such as the...
vivian-mcinerny's picture
Oct.28.2011
Last week my daughter and I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and into Manhattan. The day was overcast. The bridge and city looked particularly dramatic in the gray light. We wanted to see the Occupy Wall Street protest. Actually,  I wanted to see it. My daughter was ambivalent.  She...
fran-johns's picture
Oct.28.2011
In case you missed it, the tenth anniversary of the beginning of the war in Afghanistan came and went a couple of weeks ago. October 6, to be precise. The date marked another anniversary: a small group of people have been occupying not exactly America, but the corner of Golden Gate and Larkin at...
karen-topakian's picture
Oct.28.2011
My partner Peg and I are often asked how we met. We always say at Greenpeace. Which is true. But Peg was my hero before I ever met her. Or knew her name. Here’s why. In early April 1986, while driving my old gray Volvo to the San Francisco Art Institute where I was a graduate student...
blair-kilpatrick's picture
Oct.28.2011
  My mother had done something unreasonable, at least in the eyes of a six-year-old.  "No fair!" I said to myself.   The details of her offense are lost to me now.  All I remember is my response. I had been brought up to speak my mind.  To challenge authority.  ...
mara-buck's picture
Oct.27.2011
Being an impoverished citizen of the planet, I was compelled to add my voice to those who march for the ninety-nine percent, thus this short video.  I wrote the poem itself as a generic reflection on protest some time ago, yet it remains shockingly appropriate for demonstrations from Tienanmen...
sarah-bissell's picture
Oct.27.2011
Old Hippies Never Die..... ......I'll admit that my memories of that first march on Washington in the late '60's have become somewhat jumbled up in my head with other memories of DC, where I spent lots of time and lived for the summer between my junior and senior years of college. What I do...