Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A new age of resistance: People are taking political action for first time in their lives

Wonderful article in the Seattle Times:  A new age of resistance: People are taking political action for first time in their lives

“Wow. Crazy,” one woman said when she walked into the Montlake Community Center the other day.

The room was packed. Middle-aged people, younger folks squeezed onto couches, a couple of mothers with babes in arms, all making time on a Saturday afternoon to watch a live stream of a Miami-based, nationwide “Resistance Training” put on by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Someone called for quiet, and Eve Warmflash stepped to the front of the room to introduce herself. She had rented the room for $45 an hour out of her own pocket, set up her laptop, a projector and a screen so complete strangers could gather, connect and learn the legal art of revolt.

“I’m just one of those people who decided to get involved,” she said, “because … I had to.” The room broke out in knowing applause.

We may have had 400 days of rain the last two months, but we are clearly in the midst of what some are calling a “Liberal Spring,” when people are taking to the streets to urge the protection of First Amendment free speech, religious freedom rights, civil and reproductive rights, immigration. Pick your passion.

“You gotta do something,” said Jude Rosenberg, 66. “You can’t just sit around and say, ‘Somebody ought to do something.’ It’s time to step up.”

All over the region, and all over the country, people are coming out of their comfort zones, liberal comas — whatever you want to call it — and taking action for the first time in decades, or ever.

What would President Lara Spenzak do? Enact the Diversity and Fairness Act

One of the first things I would do as President would be to sign into the law the Diversity and Fairness Act (DAFA).

The Diversity and Fairness Act (DAFA) would officially make Diversity a legally protected human right and protect and respect the rights of all people.

Remember the protest we had against the movie Avatar a few years ago?  If DAFA was the law, that film would not have produced and released to the public as it did.  Instead of exclusive message of heterosexual relationship and narrow gender definitions, the film would have been more inclusive to include gay, trans, intersex or any other relationship or sexual status.

DAFA would compel businesses and individuals not deny service simply because they are gay.  DAFA would also make our civic laws and traditional holidays more respectful and inclusive.