Keep The Promise
I received a call from my friend Jacob who works for the Peace and Justice Center. He asked if I would join them and speak at a "Peace March" to keep the attention on the critical social issues facing the U.S. Now for a community organizer the opportunity to link arm-in-arm with other activist is something we never turn down. Of course I joined them.
This was less of a protest-march but more of a pro-march. We wanted to speak out in support of the campaign promises of President Obama and make certain that they are not like so many campaign promises of the past, forgotten.
There were several organized causes in attendance: The Peace and Justice Center, Food Not Bombs, and Veterans for Peace. The issues of concern varied from education, to health care, to housing for the homeless, to ending the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, to my concern of strengthening the voice of the poor though empowerment. We marched for two miles from the Civil Rights Museum into the heart of Downtown and back. I was asked to give the closing remarks. As I looked around I saw that us radicals needed to do more marching for several looked pretty tired so I kept my comments short.
All too often I hear the complaints from others about this issue or that, but rarely do these people inconvenience themselves in the slightest by showing up for a demonstration, or joining their local neighborhood association, or forgoing the X-Box and making a donation to a worthy cause.
Our problem is that we have become TOO civilized. We are not willing to make a fuss. Instead we leave it to others.
So get off that sofa, turn off that TV and Just Do Something!