They tell you not to be a slacktivist. They tell you to be an activist. So, I have been. I’ve written things about #NoDAPL. I’ve written about universal basic income.
A few months ago, however, I stepped even further into activist-land and helped organize a pretty decent protest. It wasn’t decent because of my doing. It was definitely the other people who set it up nicely. They did a lot of hard work and should be proud of their accomplishment.
I got there and took my place in the protest. I chanted, I rallied. But even while I was doing these things, the air fell from my wings. We were on TV, yes, but would that even matter? Did any of it matter? Did I just waste Earth-killing gas traveling to a protest that wasn’t even going to get us anywhere?
That was a few months ago. Since then, people are still protesting and making demands on the very issues I was protesting on. I know progress can be slow, but what if leaders just aren’t listening to the people? What if they just don’t care?
That’s how I feel now: that elected officials, who are supposed to work for us, do not even care about the issues we protest about. If true, it’s a sad state of affairs.
I have seen other protests come and go and I now have to ask whether protesting is an effective form of getting things done. I’m not proposing anything else. If this is what we have to do, so be it. I just worry that protesting isn’t effective these days.
So if you have examples of effective recent protests–protests that actually accomplished what they set out to do–let me know in comments.