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Mickey Z. -- World News Trust

Jan. 5, 2014

Since this is the time of year when so many of us choose to articulate goals and promise big changes, I say we transfer this concept to the realm of dissent. With that in mind, I offer an admittedly incomplete list of 20 activist resolutions for 2015. (Feel free to add yer own!)

  1. Join the struggle against patriarchy, sexism, and misogyny
  2. Don’t carry protest signs that bear the URL of self-promoting sectarian groups
  3. Let this be the year you finally stop falling for the two-party deception
  4. Environmentalists: wherever and whenever possible, ditch the earth-killing food habits and move quickly and dramatically towards a plant-based way of living 
  5. Vegans: stop bragging about how compassionate you are until you participate in much more than animal rights activism
  6. Join the struggle against racism and white supremacy
  7. White people: never again use words and/or phrases like “post-racial” and “play the race card” and “we’re all one” and “I don’t see color”
  8. Let this be the year you finally stop falling for corporate media propaganda
  9. Become your own fuckin’ media: write, sing, paint, livestream, blog, tweet, photograph, dance, spread the truth by whatever method works for you
  10. Get off social media and meet yer comrades face-to-face
  11. Join the struggle against ableism, ageism, and speciesism
  12. White people: learn how to be a better ally
  13. Men: stop being rapists, stop being rapey, stop being quiet in the presence of misogyny, stop blaming feminism for your failure or unwillingness to evolve
  14. Join the struggle against transphobia, homophobia, and hetero-normativity
  15. If your favorite tactics haven’t created change by now: Try. Something. New.
  16. White people: learn how to fuckin’ listen
  17. Join the struggle against capitalism
  18. Surrender any and all privileges bestowed upon you
  19. Choose solidarity, community, and intersectionality instead of ego
  20. Recognize that all our grievances and all our solutions are connected… 
Bonus entry: Listen to Mr. Zinn: "As dogma disintegrates, hope appears. Because it seems that human beings, whatever their backgrounds, are more open than we think, that their behavior cannot be confidently predicted from their past, that we are all creatures vulnerable to new thoughts, new attitudes. And while such vulnerability creates all sorts of possibilities, both good and bad, its very existence is exciting. It means that no human being should be written off, no change in thinking deemed impossible."

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Mickey Z. is the author of 12 books, most recently Occupy this Book: Mickey Z. on Activism. Until the laws are changed or the power runs out, he can be found on the Web here. Anyone wishing to support his activist efforts can do so by making a donation here.


 


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