The Nationwide Actions You Can Join to Address America's Environmental and Social Crises
Photo Credit: Martin King; Screenshot / YouTube.com
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"Every wave on the ocean that has ever risen up and refused to lay back down has been dashed on the shore, but it is the very purpose of a wave to rise up, because once it rises up above the horizon it finally has the perspective to see that it's not just a wave, that it's a part of a mighty ocean. And the sharpest rock on the wildest shore can never break that ocean apart; they can never wear that ocean down, because it's the ocean that shapes the shore.
"That's what we're starting to do here today. That's what we're starting to do here this week. With wave after wave after wave crashing against that shore, we shape it to our vision."
—Tim DeChristopher, March 3, 2011 after being convicted of falsely bidding on oil and gas leases to fight climate change ( video here)
A wave is an apt metaphor for a popular movement as movements do not grow in a consistent upward line, but grow and recede in waves of action. We certainly saw this with the current social movement that has roots that run more than a decade deep and had a nationwide “Take Off” with the wave of occupy encampments that rose up, coast-to-coast together.
Of course, like all waves, the encampment wave receded but that did not signal the end of the popular movement, it signaled another stage. Since the encampment stage we have seen a wide array of movement actions. Some like Occupy Sandy took the occupy name in their mutual aid for victims of the massive storm Sandy as well as for their efforts in building a new economy in the affected communities. Others like Strike Debt, which came directly out of Occupy, took another name but continued to fight for the same values, challenging the debt-based economy. Some, like Fight For 15 and Our Walmart/ForRespect, arose after Occupy but fight for the same values of an equitable economy where workers can live in dignity, not in poverty and many involved in Occupy joined in. And the movement against extreme energy extraction and climate justice rose up, as seen in the campaigns against hydro-fracking, tar sands, mountain top removal, uranium mining and offshore oil. These are a few examples of many of the waves of resistance that continue.
Popular Resistance grew out of many conversations and meetings with people in the Occupy movement from across the country as well as people involved in other social justice campaigns. We seek to provide the movement for social, economic and environmental justice with daily news and resources, as well as to help us see that we are a movement of movements. We support decentralized, bottom-up approaches to movement development as we see in the #WaveOfAction and the Global Climate Convergence.
#WaveOfAction April 4 to July 4
At the beginning of the year we wrote the article " The Tasks of the Movement for 2014." In the current stage of the movement our tasks are to deepen our political education and develop national consensus. Whether or not they rise to the level of the Occupy “Take-Off” stage, it is also important to continue to organize visible actions that express dissent.
From its first announcement we have supported the #WaveOfAction and encouraged participation. The #WaveOfAction extends from the day Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated to Independence Day. The campaign will begin with candlelight vigils around the world at the time of MLK’s assassination, which was 7:05 pm EST on April 4.