Awaken the Giant: The NAACP in Arizona
If I only convey one thing, to any member of the resistance who reads my words, then let it be this: you are not alone, take solace in that truth, and be intentional in seeking out like-minded people. Our resistance needs to evolve and it can only evolve when we infuse it with new people and new ideas.
We have to become asymmetrical. Our tactics have to vary. Our approach has to change. We need to become intentional in recruiting and allaying ourselves with other like-minded groups. My ask is that you join me on our first mythological hero/heroine quest. I am asking you to venture into the Valley of Elah to awaken the most famous giant killer in the history of America. I am asking you to stand-shoulder-to-shoulder with me, in solidarity, as we attempt to awaken the NAACP, here in Arizona.
We all know that the NAACP has done more than any other organization to force America to live up to its promise: that all men are created equal. The NAACP was relentless in hounding our nation that everyone was entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The NAACP ventured to places that few were willing to go to, and it was witness to acts of cruelty that defy imagination. The NAACP stared into the America abyss and did not capitulate. The NAACP is the moral compass of our country. It is a revered sleeping giant that we must awaken from its long slumber. It is our first of many asymmetrical stratagems.
Flake, Biggs, Franks, Gossar, and Schweikert are all refusing to hold in-person town-halls. They will not hold town-halls for nameless constituents, Indivisible groups, the DNC or Our Revolution, because there is no benefit and no recourse. What if I told you that these men have either authored or supported a piece of legislation that will allow for unfettered racial discrimination in public housing: I am talking about HR482 and SB103 section three in each piece of law. Now, what if the NAACP demanded a town-hall where communities of color, and their supporters, could ask questions about why they support these laws. The demand for a town-hall is no longer political theater, it is substantive request because these lawmakers are going to impede on people’s lives. A rejection to hold a town-hall or address the very real harm that this proposed legislation can cause makes these men into cowards. The local news media can now hound them on this. The NAACP can do the rounds about people scared to go back to the days of segregated housing. Nice fluff pieces can be served every time the laws advance in the House or the Senate and victory can be proclaimed when they eventually fail. These are all good outcomes for our resistance.
My ask is simple: on 25 March 2017 at 11:00 AM join me at the Valley Elah (also known as the Alta Vista Community Center,212 E Alta Vista Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85042) to go on to a mythical hero/heroine quest to wake the slumbering giant killer. I don’t know if we can do it, but our odds increase when we are intentional about seeking their help and demonstrating that we support them and their mission. Please join me.