By Victoria Lynn Hall
Every now and then when I post a call to action on social media, such as a petition or a campaign to call our representatives on an issue, I will get a pessimistic reply telling me that such things “never work” or I’m asked, “why bother?”.
First of all, I bother because I believe the fact that many people, including myself, not bothering for decades is part of how we got to where we find ourselves politically today. And lord knows that pessimism has never accomplished one damn thing.
But more than that, I know that citizens making their voices heard can and does work and I can tell by the many ways in which the established power in this country tries to silence them.
If you want to know who is really making a difference or telling the truth on social media these days, all you have to do is look for the people who are being ignored, marginalized, smeared and censored. People like independent journalist, Chuck Modiano, who was covering a protest for Palestine one day and then had his Twitter account inexplicably suspended the next. While, in the meantime, mainstream media doesn’t appear to be covering these protests at all.
We are made to feel powerless so we won’t raise our voices; so we won’t bother to sign the petition or make the phone call to our representative; so we won’t organize in our communities and workplaces; so we won’t engage in a process that was designed to give us the loudest voice as a collective. We are made to feel powerless by those who benefit from our not coming together to use our power.
If signing petitions and calling our representatives doesn’t work it is only because not enough of us are doing it. Think of that the next time you find yourself asking, “why bother?”.
I would also urge you to watch the documentary, Gaza Fights For Freedom by Abby Martin and think of the freedoms that are denied the Palestinians in Gaza and the ones who bother to risk their lives by peacefully protesting at the border.
I hope for them and for everyone in Gaza you will bother to sign and share this petition by CodePink to call on President Biden and Secertary Blinken to stop funding Israeli apartheid and violence.
I also hope you will visit the Jewish Voice for Peace website to learn about other actions you can take for Palestine.
Now, more than ever, it is time to bother.
In this episode, I mentioned a post I wrote for this blog, “How I Became an Anti-Imperialist” in which I talk about my experience with being told, “It’s complicated”, when it comes to foreign policy.
I talked of this interview with musician and activist, Roger Waters:
I quoted from this highly recommended article on Consortium News : “Chris Hedges: Israel, the Big Lie“
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A Los Angeles native, Jesse Crall graduated from UCLA’s English Department before working as a copywriter, script reader and project manager for an engineering firm.
A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.