Resistance Is NOT Futile

Once upon a time, in a galaxy far far away, a ragtag bunch of charismatic castoffs and merry malcontents staged a rebellion against the dark forces of evil in their midst. The stakes were high, as the fate of the world hung in the balance. The empire was strong and inflexible, but its hubris also made it vulnerable — if you knew where to look, and were willing to sacrifice for the greater good. This band of revolutionary misfits gathered together in secret, and launched their insurgency with principled determination. Ultimately, they prevailed through sheer fortitude, gifted insight, actionable intel, mystical wisdom, humor, and a dash of the good fortune that often favors the bold. Continue reading “Resistance Is NOT Futile”

BADLANDS: “Get Your Facts Learned”

Every movement needs an anthem — or many anthems, actually. As an opening bid, we would like to nominate “Badlands” by Bruce Springsteen for your consideration. This choice was inspired by the anonymous tweeter at Badlands National Park who went rogue by posting actual facts about climate change in defiance of an Administration-ordered shutdown on the flow of public information. Continue reading “BADLANDS: “Get Your Facts Learned””

Party Like It’s (NOT) 2016!

Has there been a worse year in recent memory than 2016? From David Bowie and Prince to one half of WHAM! and Princess Leia, we lost more celebrities per capita this year than seems possible. Meanwhile, the arctic is melting, Syria is boiling over, and gross intolerance is once again not only rekindled but burning white-hot. Oh, and let’s not forget the staggeringly uplifting spectacle of the US presidential election, which was essentially a “least unpopular” contest that pitted “No thanks” versus “Never” and resulted in a fitting debacle where the total vote loser nonetheless claimed an electoral mandate. Yeesh. Continue reading “Party Like It’s (NOT) 2016!”

Meme Streets: Social Change*

The message is simple yet powerful: we can’t get it done alone, but together we’re unbreakable. This is the basic lesson conveyed by every successful social change campaign in modern history. Of course, the dedication and vision of individuals does matter, and their examples reverberate through the years (think of Rosa Parks, Gandhi, Wangari Maathai, Mandela). Yet they were all part of larger movements that necessitated large-scale social action in concert. In other words, public assembly was required for social change. Continue reading “Meme Streets: Social Change*”