No great victory has ever been won by sitting back patiently and waiting.
Democracy is in the hands of those who show up.
UPDATE (6 Jan) – Building A New Independent Powerful Left (video)
A video interview of author Naomi Klein talking about the position of the Left in modern America and how to reposition it as more responsive to the needs of the people.
UPDATE (5 Jan) – Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals – Community Disorganisation.
Edited quotes from the activists handbook that sends Right wingers into an absolute foot-stomping tizzy. Find out the tactics outrage the Right so much.
My name is Alison, I do social media as “Turnleft” and prior to 2012 I was an activist. Human rights, animal rights, environment, feminism – people who didn’t really know me said I tend to flit from one cause to another like a butterfly on cocaine. To me, I was fighting injustice no matter what form it took. I gave that up to concentrate on fighting Tony Abbott and the Liberal National Party. We didn’t win that fight, but I never stopped trying, right up until the polls closed in Western Australia, I was still fighting.
This year we are again in the fight for our lives – if that sounds like hyperbole, think about cuts to health care and pensions.
If anyone would like to join me, we can use social media to make a difference in the election (and even if we can’t, we will know we never gave up fighting).
Too often the dinosaurs in old media sneer at social media as nothing more than an echo-chamber of outrage and clicktivism – but it can be so much more.
So, now I am going back to my activist roots. With AIMN’s owner’s permission I am staking my claim in this little corner of AIMN for activism.
[edited to add: Since this sentence seems to have annoyed many people, and I thought it would go without saying, I mean MY activism, as opposed to MY opinion pieces writing]
I would like this space to be for anyone who wants to join me.
What kind of activism? You ask.
Maybe you have a petition that needs signatures, post details here.
Maybe you know a corporation that are committing some horrendous outrage or are BFF’s with Liberal Party mates, post details here, and let the boycotting commence.
Maybe someone is being targeted on social media by right-wing trolls and need support, post details here (with their knowledge).
Maybe a politician has said something outrageously sexist, if they have a history of sexism, we can collect them in one place.
Is there a protest, march, picket line, sit-in, pray-in, die-in, speech happening some place near you, post details here, and afterwards share photos.
Do you live in a very safe electorate, so safe that nothing you do will change that – online adopt a marginal seat and become a champion for that seat or dig up the publicly available dirt.
Do you have a piece of information that you feel should get into the wider public but aren’t a blog writer – submit it to AIMN, either in the comments or submit it anonymously.
If there is a politician whose gross incompetence makes them vulnerable, turn up the heat until they step down.
Maybe you have lost your social media account – and as the election gets closer, trolls will form a posse and report, report, report until accounts get suspended – and you create a new one, post details here and people can find you again.
Links to great positive left, left-ish, centrey blogs and news articles, leave them here.
This would not need to be time-consuming, we all lead busy lives – participating could take as little time as signing a petition and adding someone new on Facebook or Twitter, or as long as writing a letter to the Editor or sending an email to a corporation. There is no signing up, no joining. Information would be here for You to dip in to and out of as you choose to, or not.
These are some of the ideas off the top of my head, and I have only scratched the surface of how a community can Connect via a blog like AIMN.
On the other hand, this might be a little too ambitious, but I am putting the idea out there, there might be some people who want to join in.
If this is something you would be interested in, or have other suggestions on ways to get more activism in #Auspol social media, leave a comment in the reply section below – all comments appreciated.
This is not me asking for your help, this is me asking you: tell me how can I help you in your fight to end the LNP tyranny.
For anyone who thinks it is too early to start the fight to take back government, be assured the Liberal party strategist have never taken a day off since the last election.