Thursday, July 7, 2016

Don't Write Your Congressperson

To all of the organizations who constantly send me emails encouraging me to write my Congressperson or call the Attorney General for this or that reason:

You are not working for social change. You are obstructing social change. We do not live in a democracy in the United States. Stop acting like we do. You're just confusing people. Writing your Congressperson will get you nowhere. Calling the Attorney General will get you nowhere. They're laughing at you all the way to the bank.

History has shown in abundance that democracy is in the streets. Social change happens through social movements that take over cities and countries and stop business as usual from happening. Social change doesn't happen by calling or writing politicians. We need to understand that, and move past that useless tactic, but instead, you keep encouraging us to do these useless things.

You are pulling the wool over our eyes, whether intentionally or not, you who keep sending these messages. Just stop. If you're in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging. If you don't want to do any real organizing -- which is desperately needed -- then go do something else. Maybe something that has a purpose. Go plant a tree. Raise a child. Whatever. Don't call your Congressperson. Your Congressperson will only pretend to care, while he or she keeps taking money from the corporations that own our government.

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