Evergreen Up Late: Guerilla Activism

‘evenin’, all-

There are, as they say, many ways to skin a cat-or any variety of other mammals-and this maxim is no less applicable to activism than  it is to flaying companion animals.Activism, of course, takes many forms; it has been common for decades to combine traditional forms, such as petitions, marches, signs, and protests, with guerilla and street theater, disruptions, and occupations. The Internet has created unlimited possibilities for activists and organizers, as seen in Egypt.. Then there are Godzillas of activism, organizations like Wikileaks, Anonymous, and more, but those are the hardest of the hardcore, people whose lives are defined by their activism, like Julian Assange, whose activism has consumed his life. All of these are effective, and I take nothing away from any of them-but there are other, less well-known methods, available to people that also lead a semi-normal life, and I’d like to introduce you to some of them:

The Freeway Blogger: Because if you put a sign up by a freeway, people will read it until someone takes it down. As seen in The Overpass Campaign in California.

The Yes Men: Impersonating big-time criminals in order to publicly humiliate them. And in the process, elevating activism to high art. And not just once. And starting a think-tank.

Unknown activists, but effective messaging…

It doesn’t matter where you hide. They will find you.

Silence=Death. You may have heard of this group once or twice-their example contains a wealth of lessons.

So, just because I’m afraid people won’t read far enough, here’s the Yes Men, explaining how Halliburton can save the world:

The best of all possible tomorrows to you all-

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2 thoughts on “Evergreen Up Late: Guerilla Activism

    • I know. You can see the one guy laughing, but the rest are taking it seriously. How it happened-the Yes Men set up a fake “Halliburton Contracts” website-and waited, until they were eventually invited to the conference. Didn’t even have to infiltrate it.
      The Yes Men rule.

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