2015: Sometimes You’re Better Off Breaking The Law. But When?

What exactly is civil disobedience? It’s a tricky one to define. But, for the sake of ease, let’s just say it like this: Civil disobedience is the performance of an illegal act which is directed in some way against the government, for whatever reason. Sometimes, civil disobedience is also known as “non-violent direct action.” Just remember, there’s a difference between just breaking the law, and disobeying it. If you decide to drive your car home from the bar after drinking seven beers, it is not an act of civil disobedience. Why not? Because your action is not aimed at trying to change some law within our government. You are simply driving home drunk because you don’t want to wait for a taxi, right? People who carry out acts of civil disobedience usually want to make something “better” for the whole of society, not just for themselves. It’s also worth noting that civilly disobedient […] Read More

2014: 13 Steps to Prepare for Civil Unrest

Gaye Levy Activist Post It has been over two years since I wrote about the “Perfect Storm of Civil Unrest”.  Looking back, it would be easy to think that perhaps the article was a bit reactionary given current events at the time.  On the other hand, not a whole lot has changed since then. These are still uneasy times. The names and faces of the powers-that-be may be different, but the actions are the same. Normal, ordinary middle-class families are still struggling and corporate corruption, hidden agendas, and cover-ups are still commonplace. The threat of Ebola or other pandemics, global economic collapse, severe water shortages, and immigration/border woes simply add to our concern about the future.  Fear, sickness, and deprivation evoke chaos; and as we reach that tipping point, it seems only prudent to prepare for civil unrest, riots, looting, crimes against persons, domestic terrorism, and more. Today I […] Read More

2001: On Opposing the USA Patriot Act

Senator Russell Feingold Editors note: In an address given October 12, 2001, to the Associated Press Managing Editors Conference at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Sen. Feingold (D-Wis) explained why he, alone among United States Senators, voted against the Administration-sponsored U.S.A. Patriot??? Act. The text below followed his introductory remarks. [T]his conference comes at a tragic time for our country. Let us first pause to remember, through one small story, how September 11th has irrevocably changed so many lives. In a letter to The Washington Post last Saturday, a man wrote that as he went jogging near the Pentagon, he came across the makeshift memorial built for those who lost their lives there. He slowed to a walk as he took in the sight before him the red, white and blue flowers covering the structure, and then, off to the side, a second, smaller memorial with a card. […] Read More