Arissa released a new poster today inspiring people to look beyond the exhausted tactics practiced by today's political and social movements. It is available online and is free to download in either 8.5 x 11 or 11 x 17 sizes. For a direct pdf download go to:
Text of poster below.
"I am for Peace... But as of lately, I have become, well, a bit frustrated.
I mean I am just wondering why nothing is working. I have listened to my conscience tell me that I can't let this war go on without getting involved. So I became involved. I have listened to the leaders of the peace movement tell me how to go about stopping this war. They told me to take part in their peaceful rallies and protests and to speak out against the war. They told me that if I remain peaceful and take part in state-sanctioned activities, the war will end. These "movement" leaders told me that this is how the Vietnam War was stopped. So I have listened to these leaders and believed that if I followed their guidance, I would be part of a successful movement that brings peace to the world. Unfortunately, I was not told by them that the Vietnam anti-war movement was unsuccessful in stopping the Vietnam War. I wasn't told that although millions of people were involved in that movement, it still did not come close to forcing the US government to pull out of Southeast Asia. So why are the leaders of the peace "movement" telling the masses of people that the 1960's anti-war movement succeeded? Why are they telling people that if the same peaceful methods are used today there will be success in stopping the current wars against Afghanistan and Iraq? Why are they giving caring, compassionate people false hope, that by following their lead things will actually change? Do these peace leaders actually expect to change anything or just consciously or subconsciously hope to appease their own personal consciences? It is so unbelievably obvious that the various tactics implemented by the anti-war movement today have no possible chance of pressuring the US government into stopping the current military conflicts. The peace parades, the rallies, the petitions, the teach-ins, the puppets, the picketing, the radical cheerleading, the civil disobedience, does nothing but make those involved feel better about themselves. Meanwhile people internationally continue to suffer and die at the hands of the US government due to the peace movement's refusal to confront the US political system. Well I for one cannot feel good while I am being ineffective and allowing the war to continue. I cannot feel good about myself while this political structure continues intact and unchallenged.
For once I want to really change things... Don't you?
Building a Revolutionary Movement in the United States of America