How Popular Resistance Can Defeat Corporate Power
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Two years ago, we announced October2011.org with an article called “ History is Knocking.” We asked if the time might be right for a larger mass of people to rise up and occupy public space to challenge the corporate control of our government, a corrupt economy and US militarism. We were not certain what the answer would be, but six months later hundreds of thousands of you did rise up in Occupy encampments across the nation. Many more were inspired by the massive mobilizations to join the work on a broad variety of injustices in their communities.
Today we know that history is no longer knocking. History has opened the door and is standing in front of us. The broad movement for peace and social, economic and environmental justice is here and you should be part of it.
Today we announce the launch of a new platform to connect and build that mass popular resistance that is growing in the US, PopularResistance.org. It provides daily movement news and resources to keep you informed about actions and events and to provide you with tools for organizing in your community (See for example these two new Occucards on Corporate Media and Public Banking).
The vision of PopularResistance.org is to end the rule of money so that people’s needs and the protection of the planet come before corporate profits. The website puts forward a strategic framework to achieve this goal and links to 200 tactics that have proven effective – our two track philosophy is to protest and build, i.e. stop the machine and create a new world. This process will build a mass movement, first by creating solidarity among the movements currently working for transformative change; and, second by pulling key groups of people to the movement, thereby weakening the power structure.
To make this next phase effective, we need you to be involved in PopularResistance.org. We ask you to share this article with people in your community, people you work with across the country and people who you think should be involved; share it on Twitter, Facebook and other social networks. We want this site to be the movement’s site and encourage you to use it: submit your projects to the calendar, send us your ideas, and share articles and tools. Many have already joined as contributors and more are being added.
We announce this new effort after a tremendously successful worldwide March Against Monsanto where more than two million people participated in protests in 52 countries and 457 cities. This shows the potential of the movement and the need for sites like PopularResistance.org to let people know what occurred because the corporate, mass media gave virtually no attention to these protests.
The Monsanto march showed the power of non-hierarchical organizing, allowing leadership to grow wherever it was, and the potential for solidarity across cities and nations of the world. Now, we need to build on this success. Two nonviolent activists from the Metta Center ask the question: Could the 2 million person worldwide, May 25 march against Monsanto be the equivalent of Gandhi’s Salt March? In other words, could this be a turning point in our challenge to corporate power? We think it could be, because opposition to Monsanto is really about bigger issues of corporate power and globalization that make corporations more powerful than governments.
To build on this momentum, our first campaign as PopularResistance.org will be to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership. We will stop the TPP and when we do, it will be a tremendous victory against a global corporate coup of transnational corporations. It will be a victory on which we will continue to build a mass movement against the rule of money and concentrated corporate power. Here is the strategy: