Join us on Facebook
What's Happening
more>>
Valley water district will delay rate hike until 2021
The Sun needs your help to survive
Sun Columnist
more >>
Progressive Majority Coalition
Sonoma Valley Sun

The culture of street protest is in its heyday now

The ongoing national protests against police violence have entered a stage similar to the Occupy Movement in 2011. As a labor-based democratic socialist, I am not too romantic about leaderless street-action mass movements, because I know from historical evidence that they follow an inevitable arc of mushroom-like bloom and decay.

The cultural message is what remains, and the BLM message has sunk into the cultural foundations to stay. The social justice actions in Sonoma County are happening almost daily, which is very heartening to see.

The over-zealousness of some of the young activists for whom this was their first rodeo can be excused. That said, the closure of the Seattle CHOP was a blunt instruction on how real power works in the world. Don’t overestimate the political power of these transient street-action based social movements.

In the real world of living history, which is the alchemical dialectic anodization between the social base and the capital superstructure, transformational change is earned via many actions and projects. We are in a moment, which we can transform into a movement, if we are disciplined, wise, and kind.

That cautionary epistemic humility observed, by all means; get creative with ways to do ongoing street protests. You’re probably unemployed or working from home with lots of time to spare. Get busy with it, and remember that you are playing for the cameras, not the cops. Your mental health will improve dramatically by doing an action, even if it is from the safety of your car.

The culture of street protest is in its heyday now. We have the time, the organizers insist that you be masked (which wreaks havoc on facial recognition software FYI) and functionally, every protest is a negative political referendum on Trump, which helps expedite his well-deserved departure. Frankly, it’s better than stewing over the dire state of the nation, unemployed and bitter, watching TV in a hotbox apartment.

Really, folks, the stats are in… outdoor protest with universal masking and proper social distancing is as safe as shopping. Don’t be neurotically afraid. Having no future is bad for your health, too. You know what your personal parameters are. Everyone has a seat on this train.

The real question for me, as a socialist political strategist, is: “Why are we always starting from scratch? Why is the American left, such as it is, so deeply atomized? Why have we not built durable, fully-funded, and well-staffed institutions that persistently advocate for working-class interests?” That is “what is to be done.” Those working-class interests are a composite of the race dynamic overlaid on the class dynamic. That’s what I mean by the term “intersectional.”

The root of any political movement in America with an actual transformative potential will come out of the talent pool of the Sanders 2020 campaign, which has ignited the growth of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. AOC is using her rock star fund-raising prowess to help build up a solid progressive caucus in the House.

The thousands of activist Bernie cadres who were honed to journeyman status in the crucible of the 2016 and 2020 primaries are now working on campaigns across the country to elect smart, young, diverse progressives. We are the future of the Party, like it or not.

 
Continue Story...
School district leaders meet concerned parents with online forum School district leaders meet concerned parents with online forum

Facing the dire challenges of housing insecurity, food insecurity, and job insecurity, a core community... Continue

Don’t like wearing masks? Five more laws that should make you mad Don't like wearing masks? Five more laws that should make you mad

Opinion by John Q. Facebook Like it or not, wearing a face mask in public is the law. I sure don’t.... Continue


• Who in Sonoma got Covid bail-out money?
• Hacked! Idiots tamper with Sonoma Sun print issue
• Marcie Waldron has passed away
• City of Sonoma faces ‘unprecedented’ economic uncertainty
• Sun in the Studio: Brigitte McReynolds
• Who’s Zooming who?
• A wonderful ‘Lives’
• Better than doughnuts
• Gorin names the seven members of new North Valley Advisory Panel
• Sonoma Community Center announces virtual Summer Camp
Letters & Opinion
more >>
SUN Columnist
more >>
Public Citizen - Larry Barnett
Progressive Majority Coalition - Sonoma Valley Sun
Snark Infested Waters - Bob Edwards
Board Walk - Susan Gorin
Nonprofit Matters - Dr. B.J. Bischoff
What's Up With That? - Katy Byrne
Connecting the Dots - Fred Allebach
Voices of the New Majority - Loretta Carr
Creative Arts - Deb Carlen, Editor
Under the Sun: Interviews -
Any Given Door - Sonoma Valley Sun
Taxpertise - Bonnie Lee
Page 3 - Val Robichaud
Find What You're looking For

Archives

Covid-19 News
more>>
Spiking Covid numbers put Sonoma County on verge of re-restriction

The state Department of Public Health notified the County of  Sonoma today, July 10, that if the region’s coronavirus data do not improve over the next 72  hours, the County will be subject to new restrictions as part of statewide actions designed to slow the spread of coronavirus. The restrictions would start as soon as  Monday,... Continue

What We're Following
more>>
Stories of interest from around the Web
Indoor dining, bars and tasting rooms closed again in Napa as coronavirus outbreaks surge
> Napa Valley Register - July 11th, 2020
Lawsuit says California wine wrongly labeled as pricier Oregon product
> Capital Press - July 10th, 2020
Karens, beware: Colorado town says mask-less scofflaws will be jailed
> New York Post - July 9th, 2020
This small town is printing its own local-only currency to boost C-19 economy
> Reuters - July 9th, 2020
Johnny Depp libel case off to wild start
> Page Six - July 8th, 2020
What’s the deal with that ‘free speech alternative’ to Twitter?
> Slate - July 7th, 2020
California’s ability to fight wildfires imperiled by Covid-19 lockdowns at state prisons
> Sacramento Bee - July 6th, 2020
Teachers union wants cops out of L.A. schools
> Capital & Main - July 5th, 2020
New York Post on Ghislaine Maxwell arrest: ‘Now Keep Her Alive
> New York Post - July 3rd, 2020
What Frederick Douglas had to say about monuments
> Smithsonian - July 2nd, 2020
A summer of protest, unemployment and presidential politics. The year? 1932
> The Conversation - July 1st, 2020
Toronto mayor: Hey Canada, here’s what to do to not be like the U.S.
> NY Daily News - June 30th, 2020
The wine ‘bottle’ made out of recycled paper
> Decanter - June 30th, 2020
This may be the reason your chicken nuggets taste like rubber
> CNN - June 29th, 2020
Harry Britt, SF’s progressive LGBT pioneer, dies at 82
> 48 Hills - June 28th, 2020
Humboldt Bay fishermen net gigantic 14-foot squid
> Lost Coast Outpost - June 27th, 2020
The most-searched recipes of Quarantine
> Bidon-equipment.com - June 26th, 2020
The virus is winning
> New York Times - June 25th, 2020
Five kitchen scraps that work as garden fertilizer
> Modern Farmer - June 24th, 2020
Study: Women less likely to date men with cats
> CBS Denver - June 23rd, 2020
More Following Stories...
Link to Live Crime Map
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!