COORDINATED ACTION WOULD SPEAK LOUDER THAN MERE WORDS

Chris Hedges.jpgWhy do a broad range of factions- that we commonly label as liberal- continue ad nauseum to content themselves with only reporting the latest irrational, depressing, and demoralizing behavior of our exclusively profit-driven corporate controlled American government?

At the same time these liberals content themselves with merely preaching a clearly more rational alternative view of what could be possible to people who already agree with them. They seem to purposefully avoid like the plague any ACTION designed to make their own progressive ideas the basis for more rational alternative actions by government.

But of course, the liberal's exclusively verbal and intellectual take- or if you will game- never seems to reach a mainstream American audience that still doesn't have a clue as to what is going on in the programmed dissipation of an American dream of social equity.

What if the Amy Goodmans, the Robert Reichs, the Noam Chomskys, the Chris Hedges, the Henry Louis Gates, and other inciteful liberal leadership took a page from Martin Luther King's playbook in dealing with a segregated public transit system in Selma, Alabama and instead of merely reporting the ever increasing and more outrageous behaviors and assaults on the remnants of our democracy rather proactively posited a concerted and well organized plan of action that those in power could no longer just ignore with impunity. Ironically, it is my belief that such organized and concerted action would be far easier than their present work and would accomplish far more.

King understood that a public transportation system in Selma, Alabama that relied on a 70% African American ridership could no longer send these riders to the back of the bus, unless those riders and their supporters allowed them to continue doing so. The bus boycott that ensued was based on a simple economic premise: Either truly integrate this public transportation system or our well-organized boycott will bankrupt it. When push came to shove, the fear of looming bankruptcy of public transit in Selma trumped good old fashion longstanding publicly sanctioned racism.

If we were to apply this same principle use by MLK, based on the fundamental democratic idea that majority rules, in finally changing something like a still de facto segregated public education system 63 years after Brown vs. Board of Education established the principle that "Separate but equal... is inherently unequal," couldn't we finally stop the presently unimpeded move toward corporate privatization of public education for corporate profit and the further dumbing of America?

Like the Selma bus boycott, a boycott of still segregated and quantifiably inferior public schools might go something like this:

-Students do not go to school, but rather go to classes organzied in churches and other public buildings, where they are taught by retired or other qualified teachers- many of whom were themselves removed from their teaching careers based on fabricated charges.

- However, the students regular teachers would show up at their regular schools, so the school district would still required to pay them.

- But since the students aren't there and schools receive their money from the state and federal government based on in-seat average daily attendance, now like in Selma, you've finally created negative financial and economic consequences that those corrupt folks in power in the schools, government, and corporations can no longer ignore with impunity like they are now doing.

Now liberals would be finally making the news by doing something that can no longer be ignored with impunity by corrupt corporate interests and their respective media vassals. In addition, this action would serve to educate, what has been up until now, an under-educated, unaware, and discriminated against actual majority as to the meaning behind the phrase majority rules.

In order to finally organizing an effective action oriented anti-oligarchy opposition from the Left with many such actions like the aforementioned, wouldn't it be relevant to wonder just how many degrees of internet separation are there between the yet silenced majority in this internet age? Would people receiving a solicitation to join a well organized and well thought out public school boycott that has a clear shot of succeeding be more likely to get involved if Matt Damon or John Stewart- whose mothers are teachers- reached out and asked them to do so? And wouldn't they be reaching out to their respective networks to get people onboard?

Use the list below to create, add to, and share in creating our 2017 version of the Selma bus boycott consciousness and organization necessary to bring the criminality destroying our society to and end by taking a first action, while there is still a chance of doing so.

What we have been experiencing up until now has been the end product of a war started long ago under Reagan to dismantle public education for profit and the further dumbing down of America, so that "alternative facts" and irrational policy could then go unchallenged by undereducated Americans who have been subjected to this system for the last 40 years and are no longer capable of sequencing together enough facts and ideas to understand what is going on and what will be its orwellian logical conclusion.

In pursuit of this end, I would argue that the 1st Amendment right to freedom of association- even virtually- is the most important of our civil rights in bringing about measurable change in bad actions and policies, because it literally makes all of our other rights possible.

With the Internet the possibility of facilitating association has become all the more doable, if we can merely overcome the purposefully nurtured idea of hopeless lethargy that has made the majority think they are the minority, because our truth is nowhere to be found in the mainstream corporate media.

What follows is a start with the contact information of some people who have already shown that they know better. If you can think of others or have a better way of reaching out and networking, add to this list and share what you do with all of us in the comments section below. Remember, most of us presently remain unaware of just how powerful we would be in finally organizing effective actions of opposition to the ever more dangerous alternative reality we are still being forced to live under:

Reverend Dr. William Barber info@naacpnc.org 919‑682‑4700

The Black Star Project Address: 3509 S King Dr #2B, Chicago, IL 60653 Phone: (773) 285-9600 www.blackstarproject.org

Noam Chomsky chomsky@mit.edu

Stephen Colbert

Matt Damon

Ava DuVernay contact Mercedes Cooper mercedes@arraynow.com

Professor Henry Louis Gates gates@harvard.edu 617.496.5468

Amy Goodman https://www.democracynow.org/contact (212) 431-9090

Chris Hedges hedgesscoop@aol.com

Rachel Maddow Rachel@msnbc.com

Professor Diane Ravitch gardendr@gmail.com

Robert Reich reich@commoncause.org

Michael RezendesThe Boston Globe Spotlight
135 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125
Tel: 617-929-3047
Cell: 617-763-1458
Fax: 617-929-2019

John Stewart

And...

Lenny Isenberg
Leonard.Isenberg@gmail.com
www.perdaily.com
323.383.7805


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Isenberg's right. Even people who would be predisposed to covering what is going on to privatize public education are not aware, because it and the war against teachers has been completely blacked out in the mainstream and public media- how would they know, if they weren't on site in the schools?

I would add Ian Masters of Pacifica's affiliate KPFK in L.A.as someone to contact, he would surely cover this story, if he were aware of it:

iancmasters@gmail.com
310.463.3678

How many people would have to contact him to put him on inquiry notice?

Think of other people to contact? Put it in a comment here.

Or you can do nothing and watch this situation get worse. Betsy DeVos didn't come from nowhere. This scam has been at least 40 years in the making.

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