Saturday, October 10, 2009

Growing Irrelevance of National Marches, Vigils, and "Sit Ins"

An article in The American Prospect asks:

This weekend's National Equality March will draw thousands to Washington for workshops, speeches, and "dancestravaganzas." But will the event really do anything to advance gay rights?
No. But why "no" is an interesting read for future activists in waiting. And I think this extends beyond the gay rights movement as well.

Once awareness has been raised (a hard thing to quantify, no doubt), you've got to proceed with coherent organization, goal and unifying strategy. (And this by no means restricts your maintenance of "awareness." This was a great idea, locally. What happened to it?) Otherwise, in today's rapid fire media, you're just more noise voters are learning to ignore.

UPDATE: A perfect quote on the upcoming march:

"The only thing they're going to be putting pressure on is the grass."

-- Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA)

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