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Calling out for an Evergreen Revolution (Cascadia)

What we need in the face of so many global issues that effect us on so many loca llevels is an Evergreen Revolution. A revolution that is not just a political change in parties or a switch from one corporate propaganda to other, but a paradigm shift that is at the core of our individual being that shakes us to our collective being. A revolution that emerges our daily actions with our ethical concerns. A revolution that is within how we see our food, water, homes, neighborhoods, region and our shared group identities. A revolution that addresses the human and ecological tragedies that the dominant paradigms have caused. We need an Evergreen Revolution
Ultimately we can not make a socio-ecologically balanced bioregion if any form of authoritarianism or chauvanism or structural violence is embraced or ignored. As long as their is systematic oppression people will always seek out their immediate needs over the holonic health of the bioregion be that by "racial labelling"; ethnic chauvanism; sexism; gender chauvanism; dictate on what is sexually acceptable for mutually concenting adults; biases on ablities; the division of labour be it gender or class or group identity; intolerance of familial patterns or partner status; age; health; educational background; religious affiliation or designation; and so forth. We can only create harmony with the rest of Mother Nature when we find it within ourselves adn then in a single collective voice will we demand that all the commons must be sacrosanct to our shared being. As long as there is a disparity between those with ingored needs while there are those with blantant excess and as long as there are those willing to particapant in this system of brutality and injustice we can never truly find a balance in Nature. So it is of utmost importance to those advocating bioregionalism (as a step to living in harmony with all of Gaia) to stress our need to find more holistic resolutions to all these conflicts.

The idea of an Evergreen Revolution modelled after the nonviolent color revolutions that have recently appeared in Serbia, Soviet Georgia, Ukraine and other places is not a secret. But an Evergreen Revolution with socio-ecological focus in the Cascadian bioregion could be a force that might be that tipping point on the global level in the face of Global Climatic Change; Peak Oil; Consumer Civilization; Globalization; Global Corporate Fascism; Privatization of all world resources; the current covert trends that are undermining of all democratic processes; destruction of local economies; theif of the commons; the on-going class war; and all the other ills that are structural violence. Equally a Cascadian movement focused on bioregional reunification as opposed to secession from another humnan concieved country could have a positive pull.

As for tactics we have a long human history to reflect on, but we simply lack action or more often enough the spread of the word of those actions. We also too often have the message out of an action of exclusion and not inclusion. As for the means of a revolution they are not hidden or even silenced yet:

Tools for a Revolution

"From Dictatorship to Democracy: A Conceptual Framework for Liberation" by Gene Sharp

Nonviolent Struggle - 50 Crucial Points
A Strategic Approach to Everyday Tactics

Authors: (CANVAS) Srdja Popovic, Andrej Milivojevic and Slobodan Djinovic [Available for download - see below]


This book is a field guide for waging a strategic nonviolent struggle - it offers a rich and diverse array of practical information that nonviolent activists need to know. The user-friendly format of the book complements the presentation of the content in thematic chapters, which are organized around answering key questions that range from techniques of daily management to strategic planning. Written by those who successfully fought against repressive regimes using strategic nonviolent action, the book is designed as a ready-to-use tool for front-line practitioners who work in nondemocratic, and sometimes violent environments, as well as those who work in established democracies. It is based on firsthand experience from the struggles in Serbia and Georgia, and the lessons learned in Ukraine, Belarus, Zimbabwe and other countries.

The book fills the gap between the tremendous theoretical insights about strategic nonviolent conflict developed by scholars over the past several decades and the accumulated experience of front-line practitioners. This is achieved by creating a synergy between, on the one hand, academic knowledge and the expertise of authors and of outside participants in the project, and, on the other hand, the lived experience of successful activists and leaders. Likewise, the book's content and format build a bridge between the strategic level and the often "heavy" book design of theoretical works, and the "cook-book" approach of existing manuals for political and public-interest campaigns, which mostly focus on tactical issues.

The focus is firmly on practical questions. Crucial points about waging strategic nonviolent struggle appear as "how to" questions:

How do you plan symbolic public actions successfully with just a few supports?
How do you recruit, train, and retain pro-reform activists?
How do you manage scarce assets, such as volunteers and material resources?
How do you plan your campaign and run it with constant feedback-loop management?
How do you prepare to overcome the powerful influence of fear?
How do you minimize the effectiveness of repressive mechanisms, including contaminants, surveillance and police repression?
From this book, those considering launching a strategic nonviolent struggle in any environment will find enough information to steer away from making the most common mistakes and refocus towards selecting realistic objectives, structuring an organization efficiently, and effectively influencing public attitudes to the point where ordinary citizens are willing to participate in the struggle.

The topics covered include the theory of political power, fundamentals of strategic and detailed tactical planning, message development and management of nonviolent actions and campaigns.

The book is compatible with already existing and readily available resources for use in this field, such as the writings from the Albert Einstein Institution and the new computer game, "A Force More Powerful".

In short, this book takes a strategic approach to the problems of day-to-day implementation of nonviolent struggle encountered by pro-reform movements in all environments, from those working for justice in established democracies to those working to end repression or occupation.

Nonviolent Struggle - 50 Crucial Points
A Strategic Approach to Everyday Tactics

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homepage: homepage: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Cascadian_Bioregionalism/

echoing the call, read the link, start it in your watershed 26.May.2007 15:19


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