People Have the Power

Why resist? Why protest? Why react to oppression? Why fight losing battles against seemingly unbeatable odds? 

Patti Smith says it succinctly

On Twitter

@Liberationtech, @AnonyOps, @anonops, @wikileaks, @telecomix, @ioerror, @JPBarlow, @EFF, @torproject, @birgittaj, @NaomiAKlein, @amnesty

#wikileaks  #Syrian  #Belarus   #Ghana   #egypt    #Jan25  #jan28

 #tunisia  #kashmir  #Jordan   #palestinepapers  #Yemen  #iranian

#iran  #iraq #Lebanon #Libya  #Algeria  #usa

& hundreds of thousands of others.

When the US gov’t threatened to investigate all followers of Wikileaks, over 2,000 people unfollowed out of fear but over 14,000 joined in solidarity. There are now 689,240 followers with more coming on every day.

On Facebook

We are all Khaled Said, Al Jazeera English, Wikileaks (with 1,567,136 in the group), Support The Monks’ Protest In Burma

On Reddit

http://www.reddit.com/r/reddit.com/comments/f8pts/reddit_a_revolution_is_starting_strongly_in_egypt/ with 100s of comments and useful links

On YouTube

Free Egypt http://www.youtube.com/user/freeegypt

Al Jazeera English http://www.youtube.com/user/AlJazeeraEnglish

Associated Press http://www.youtube.com/user/AssociatedPress#p/u/17/4XnhHzs91MY

Ham Radios

RT @ludicrous09 40m band, 7.050-7.20­0 MHz LSB, 318.5 degrees (northwest­/north from Cairo) Ham Radio Operators #jan25 #jan26

http://piratepad.net/ep/pad/view/ro.k4uJ80-xNWBHj8bQ-Nvlh/latest

On the Web

Wikileaks http://mirror.wikileaks.info/

Open letter from Anonymous to the UK gov’t. http://anonnews.org/?p=press&a=item&i=304

Tor https://www.torproject.org/index.html.en anonymous communications

Electronic Frontier Foundation http://www.eff.org/ 

Al Jazeera Transparency website: http://aje.me/allpapers

Liberation Technology at Stanford U. http://liberationtechnology.stanford.edu/

Syria: Internet Users Race to Support Egyptian Protesters

Global Voices http://globalvoicesonline.org/2011/01/26/egypt-night-falls-after-day-of-rage/  people remove passwords from their routers so protesters can have Internet connection in the streets as police descent on them to allow the world to witness

A Guide For Bloggers and Cyber Dissidents: http://www.mediafire.com/?touwcx832m3x3al

 

Non-technological Alternatives

General Strikes or as they are called in India Bandhs  or Hartels are organized labor and/or business movements which bring commerce to a halt as a form of protest and social disruption particularly of government operations.

General Strikehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_strike 

Bandh http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandh

Hartal http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hartal

Additional related social action techniques:

Gherao http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gherao which is something like a sit in

Civil disobedience http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_disobedience

Satyagraha http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satyagraha is the Gandhian form of civil disobedience

Culture jamming http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Culture_jamming_techniques

 

The People Have the Power

Why resist?  It’s better than the alternative.

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