The Voice of the Streets
Restoration, conservation easements and even deed restrictions protect habitat, yet repair and preservation of the nation’s lands is not enough to address the climate and species extinction crises. The mindset of the nation — the entire world — must undergo an immediate and radicle change if we are to avoid the end of civilization, as we know it. This won’t happen unless a massive street voice forces those in positions of power to recognize the urgency of these crises. To quote Franklin Delano Roosevelt: “Go out and make me do it.”
Every community provides the opportunity to force the status quo to change and do the right thing. In Silver City, Fridays for the Future protest at Goff Park gave the streets a voice every Friday for over a year before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the suspension of the weekly protest. Everyone needs to step-up and keep the admonition to the right in mind:
In opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline
More than 1,100 activists participated in “The Voice of the Streets” at the White House in 2011. Everyone in this photograph – Lucinda with a hat in the lower right corner – was arrested, handcuffed, taken in patty wagons to jail and paid a fine. September 11, 2011.
You have to love this woman.
We spent time with her after our release from custody. Her daughter and son-in-law had jobs and kids, couldn’t attend, so they paid her way to the protest. The climate and extinction crises and the various contributors – like fossil fuel pipeline contractors – require people meet up with others they don’t know, may have little in comon and do things they have never done before. That is what this woman did. This was her first protest and she was extremely pleased with the small part she played in what West Jackson believes: “We live in the most important moment in human history.” September 11, 2011.
Yes, stand up and don’t give up.
“Speak Out, Don’t Co-Operate, Participate Fully.” Aldo Leopold Charter School and others at the Friday’s for the Future weekly protest in Silver City, New Mexico, March 29, 2019. These protests occurred on more than 52 consecutive weeks until the COVID-19 pandemic forced suspension of the protests. The younger generations realize this planet is our only home and that they have no future if humankind continues on the path of “business as usual.”