Monday, January 10, 2011

"Die-in" Planned at State Capitol

A Facebook page has been created to promote a scheduled 'die-in' on the front lawn of the Texas State Capitol in Austin tomorrow at 6 pm. The event is designed to draw attention to the very real and deadly consequences that can result from bullying.

I am a big believer in the power of protests and publicity events to sway public opinion and in turn to sway elected officials. I wish the organizers the best of luck and encourage anyone who will be in Austin to participate as volume is key to the success of these sorts of events.

I also encourage anyone who is planning to participate to come a couple of hours early and visit the offices of their State Representative and Senator (if you don't know who that is you can find out Here (House) and Here (Senate)). There are dozens of protests and rallies at the capitol every week. I can tell you from experience that most of the time the people working in the building, most of whom work in underground offices, have no idea what is happening on the front lawn (unless, of course, it involves free food).

Direct action is most effective when coupled with direct communication. Without that a 'die-in' just looks like a bunch of people taking a nap.

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