Inform, Organize, Sustain, Dismantle, Resist!

So many of us, during times like these, have so many questions as to what we can possibly do to change anything. Here are some ways we can act directly to help fix our current situation:

  1. INFORM: Write an article exposing an injustice, or spread one to 50 friends, or just introduce a bunch of people to an alternative media source. This is small, but the more people realize there is a problem, the closer we are to solving it.
  2. ORGANIZE: Start an independent union at your workplace, join a union, participate in a horizontally structured workplace like a co-op, or even a commune, the more we use democratic and horizontal methods in our workplace the more we will be used to seeing how they work and will feel more comfortable discussing them as we make them the norm.
  1. SUSTAIN: Start car shares, guerrilla garden, if people have a need that can be provided for people – do it, if you live in a state where you have to break the law to feed people – find a way, don’t block it off to followers of a certain religion or put any requirements for food. Food should be free and the politics of eating is one of the issues that, if fixed, would essentially topple many other problems we face. Remember America, predominantly through restaurant industry, wastes more food annually than the rest of the world could eat! The second part of sustaining is making sure we have landbases by the time future generations come along, meaning we must stop ecocide so in order to sustain we must also…

    By Lorie Shaull from Washington, United States – sponsored by Freedom Muslim American Women’s Policy, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

    DISMANTLE: There are institutions and mechanisms all over the world destroying, as we speak, large parts of our ecosystem with very little concern for the after effect, let alone the current effect. Indigenous peoples are still being driven off this land, and slavery is more prevalent now than ever.  We must take down systems that starve. We must do economic damage, not simply opt out. The Boston tea party was an act of economic protest, and it brought attention to the issue; more than voting ever could. We must put ourselves on the gears, and if the state won’t stop it, but instead offers subsidies and protection to these corporations, then it is up to us to…

5. RESIST: These institutions have brought and will always bring about violence, if we do not pay them to live. Meanwhile, we have seven homes for every homeless person, while golf courses use as much water as municipal humans.  This is theft. These systems which create inequality and are unsustainable are doing long term and short term damage to us every day. Any attempt to truly change this will be met with more violence. We have to be ready to minimize damage done to the oppressed classes, and that means resistance to violent behaviors.