Well, that was interesting . . . .
Spent time this afternoon talking to a woman doing media activism in Jordan. Wanted my input on how to do effective advocacy. I explained that I rely heavily on living in a country where I can do this without worrying about getting shot, "disappeared", imprisoned, or having nasty things happen to me or my family either at the order of the large companies I oppose or at the Order of the government.
Seriously, if I lived in South or Central America and was this effective against their multibillion dollar megacorps, I'd be either hiding in the jungle or in a ditch.
I make this minor observation for those who insist that our government has become an oppressive fascist tyranny. While that may be the end goal of some, and while there are plenty of very nasty things going on, we still have considerable room to drop.
In any event, I found that there were some things I could say of relevance about basic methods of effective advocacy. I will hopefully type them up at some point. Since while they are blazingly obvious to me, I keep needing to repeat them.
However, on the way home tonight, I thought up this little bumper sticker:
If politics is the art of the possible, advocacy is making the impossible, possible. Current Mood: contemplative