If you haven't heard about One Billion Rising, I hope you learn of them soon.
You probably will hear of them, come Valentine's Day this year.
One Billion Rising is specifically about violence against women. I support One Billion Rising because I have something about supporting people and equality, stopping inequality, and stopping cruelty and violence. As Julie Rachanna Chasen said, "I am rising because I know, deep in my bones, that the systematic degradation and violation of women that is happening all over the world is linked to every other form of exploitation and oppression."
One Billion Rising, like the Occupy movements, are waves to counter other waves. Turbulent waves are swelling and rising with calls for us as a civilization to revert to a simpler time, a place of make believe where all was good. Yes, all was good if you were wealthy, white and male.
These waves are disturbing because they're built on myths, marketing, and lies.
For example, did you see the Quinnipiac poll results on gun ownership and background checks in America? The survey results show that over 90% of Americans support background checks for gun buyers. The NRA is violently against such background checks. La Pierre, the NRA spokesman, wouldn't do much, costs too much, and you know, would be such a hassle. A hassle for gun owners is the number one concern here. (Read William Saletan's excellent piece, "A Right to Arm Buyers", Salon (http://tinyurl.com/axda8t5).) Yet the same poll found that the NRA more represents their views then President Obama.
It's just one disturbing trend. Another is that unions be bad for humanity. People jump on that wagon and sing the myths about how unions are corrupt, protect the lazy, and cause products to cost too much money in their fight for better wages and conditions. Companies claim that they're regulated enough that they don't need unions, and besides, companies claim, they'll always do the right thing. They laugh at the idea that they're all about the money.
Crashing just as hard, pounding reason into the ground, is another disturbing wave that people should need to pay for basic education and that our teachers are overpaid. So are our firefighters and police forces, along with Federal employees. These are often cited as areas where governments can save money by cutting services and pay for the public sector. This often cited as 'austerity plans'.
Sure. I can also save heating costs for my house if I burn the house down.
Other waves are crashing but perhaps the most disturbing waves are caused by people who accept violence against women as okay. It's part of the same wave that proposes that women do not or should not have equal rights, that they are somehow less than human.
Funny thing, thinking that. How can they be less than human if they gave birth to the rest of us 'humans'?
Oddly, many of the people trying fighting for austerity budgets and battling against unions to save money for consumers are often also the same folks who want to control women's reproductive rights. These same people push military build ups, fight for their right to have guns and kill others to defend themselves while crying that every life is sacred. You know them, they want to execute people to teach them a lesson, while bemoaning giving any 'tax money' to anyone needy because those needy are just lazy and selfish, gaming the system.
So One Billion Rising, like the Occupy movement, is another effort to fight back, to reclaim the value of a person and their rights over the value of making money, and to create a sustaining system of freedom, equality and protection under the law.
One Billion are rising. I think it's actually many, many more. I think, on this planet of almost seven billion, there are more than one billion rising.
It's just that small one percent of that almost seven billion, and the people they control through greed, marketing, myths and stupidity, are rising in a different direction.
Waves are about to meet.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com