by Lawrence J. J. Leonard
Being a protester means taking on the responsibility of “the cause”
and if you don’t know what that is,
then you just might be a pawn in someone else’s agenda.
Here are the main things to remember when YOU join a protest:
- Protesters represent the Protest Leader(s) of the activity.
Protest Leaders do NOT represent you.
So, if you march in a protest that is requested by someone
who WANTS to kill police or any other people,
then SO DO YOU.
- Protesters in the US have to follow certain assembly rules.
- Most cities require “SOMEONE” to register for a parade permit. This is how local governments are able to provide police protection from those opposing the Protest Leader’s views.
- Protesters who clash with the police insult the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, who specifically used peaceable (non-violent) protest as the iconic leader of US Civil Rights.
- If you don’t know who the Protest Leader is, then ASK. Even violent, convicted felons can petition and register for a parade permit.
- Protest leaders have an agenda. What is it? ASK!
Be aware of what is being shouted or chanted in a protest
If you believe what is being said and
are prepared to share these words with you children, your boss,
your pastor, or your family, then by all means
let everyone know so that you can represent these views
on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Tumblr, LinkedIn,
and every other social media outlet
where YOU can represent “the cause.”
Even if you do not think these are wise words,
you can still be held accountable for what others say
because you have associated yourself with this speech.
Sorry, but you can’t have it both ways.
There are no protests where any part of the crowd
is isolated from the Protest Leader’s beliefs or agenda.
Protesting is the action of last resort
Protesting means you have taken your list of wrongs,
have presented them to the local authorities,
and the local authorities – for the record –
have acted without compassion, OR, have not acted.
Where and when exactly was this done in your home town?
Ask your City Council representative for a transcript.
If this has not been done yet,
then why are you protesting?
Get yourself to City Hall with your list of changes you want made
and present your grievances to the elected authorities.
Are you an activist or just a pawn in somebody else’s agenda/ game?
American Citizens have certain “rights” which are BASED on
the belief that there is a Creator, a G_d.
Read this excerpt from the Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed s an American citizen . . .”
Historically, Americans have felt compelled to address certain wrongs by their own government. The key here is that THEY ADDRESSED THEIR ISSUES DIRECTLY with the authorities.
Listen, if all the British colonists in the 1700s did was march in the streets and demand changes, the government would have done then what the government does now. Nothing.
You have to go to City Hall to fight City Hall.
Protests show unity of the people,
but no one is holding court or voting on changes in the streets,
According to the US Constitution,
rights in which US Citizens are entitled have been codified
and are known as the “Bill of Rights”
with the first being the First Amendment ,ratified by Congress on December 15, 1791.
This does not matter, you say?
Don’t be ignorant, be an activist.
Know your rights because
the media does not care how stupid you are.
Here is the First Amendment to the US Constitution:
“Amendment One – Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,
or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;
or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;
or the right of the people peaceably to assemble,
and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
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Again, you have the RIGHT, that is
“the right of the people peaceably to assemble”
this does NOT mean the right to use violence,
and this does NOT mean the right to incite violence against any one,
and this does NOT mean the right to declare violence is an option.
NON-VIOLENT PROTEST has its roots in the US Constitution.
No American understood peaceably better than Dr. Martin Luther King.
His biography lists his advancement of US civil rights using non-violent civil disobedience. He was also a Christian.
He actually believed in the Creator mentioned in the US Constitution which
was the basis for the rights that were endowed to American citizens.
Dr. King’s personal struggle with American civil rights was an epic one.
He was on record for the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott, and the segregation struggle in Birmingham, Alabama and in Albany, Georgia.
O January 18, 1964, Dr. King met with President of the United States Lyndon Banes Johnson to discuss the passage of the Civil Rights legislation.
What has your Protest Leader done to get local, state, and
national officials to take notice?
So, what’s his/ her agenda?
What is yours?
Fail to plan? Plan to fail
Scream, chant, holler and stand up for change. Is this sufficient?
You might tell yourself that this is the best you can contribute.
Or can you actually share a business plan with goals and outcomes and timelines?
Choosing to protest takes courage.
Being a Protester means you take responsibility for your participation.
Being a Protester means taking on the responsibility of “the cause.”
If you REALLY DO NOT KNOW what that protest agenda is,
then you just might be a pawn in the Protest Leader’s power play.
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