POWER

"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." - Frederick Douglass

Saturday, June 25, 2011

BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY

The student loan crisis is a serious one- a very serious one. Although it continues to gain more attention from the media, the government is doing far too little- almost nothing, really- about it. That is why it is so important that people are beginning to speak out on this topic. Even those not directly affected by unmanageable debt should be concerned about the problem, as it ultimately impacts all of society and the economy in significant ways.

People need to take action. This is already happening, and as time moves on, this action will undoubtedly increase. We all have ideas on what we might like to see going forward- but we have to stay grounded. Anyone who is considering harming themselves in an act of civil disobedience should please refrain from doing that.

The riots and protests in the Middle East this year inspired many people who had felt that citizens can never bring about true change. But they can. They can, and they have, and they will again. We can change things. But we have to fight and not harm ourselves in the process.

It is no doubt a very depressing state of affairs in this country these days. The despair this can cause is a great catalyst for taking action. But if you are feeling severely depressed, or if the action you feel like taking involves harming yourself, or someone else, then please seek some help. PLEASE CALL THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE AT: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). It is free and confidential. There is no shame in feeling depressed or suicidal. Everyone has their issues.

THINKING ABOUT HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE: ACT UP
 
When the AIDS virus first started to appear in the early 1980's, politicians didn't even want to discuss it- let alone take action to address the crisis. Ronald Reagan was notoriously ignorant in regard to AIDS. His world view did not include concern for a disease that primarily was affecting gay men and intravenous drug users.

How then did AIDS end up receiving so much attention and funding for research? How were medicines eventually developed that turned an AIDS diagnosis from a death sentence into a chronic, manageable health condition? How did social programs to help AIDS patients and fight discrimination come about?

PEOPLE DEMANDED ACTION, AND THEY GOT IT...THAT'S HOW!

AIDS activism of the 1980's and 1990's shows us what happens when people demand action to a crisis. ACT UP was a particularly controversial activist group, but they got their message out there, they demanded change, and they were instrumental in getting it.

Maybe this is an activism model the student loan movement can borrow from. In any event, we must demand change; and we will likely have to get political attention in some unconventional ways. Apparently 1 trillion dollars in student debt, the worst job market since the Great Depression, and soaring tuition costs isn't enough.

What ways might we get politicians to listen up? What ACT UP-style protests from the past might work for the student loan movement now?


5 comments:

  1. I am starting at the local level, and working my way up. The campaign contributions I have made in the past are allowing me the forum with my state reps, as well as other contacts.

    Have to start somewhere.

    While the progress I have made might appear minor, it is getting the message out. I am working on a flier/pamphlet to pass out at local high schools as well as to perspective college students/parents.

    In my opinion it is about getting boots on the ground, and avoiding the French Revolution part II.

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  2. @ Steven 9:00am-
    I think that is a great approach as well. Good for you. Starting at the high school level is key. We have to help those already affected, and help prevent others from enslaving themselves in a similar way. Of course, all in the hope that education can someday become affordable in this country!

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  4. It is nice to see some additional aggressive scam-blogs join the fight. We need to continue to bring the heat to these bastards! Remember, I don't mind barbecuing a few law school pigs - with an apple shoved up their ass, for good measure.

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  5. True Nando, and here are the lyrics to a beautiful song:


    Assholes roasting on an open fire.
    Jack frost nipping at your nose.

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