So, yet another school shooting followed by outrage and the usual call for change. The ugly truth is that we are all the problem, even those of us who don't own guns and who want . We're the problem we because we're too passive. We demand far too little of ourselves as citizens of a supposed democratic republic by the people, for the people, we've been content to watch passively as "our" government, proves ineffectual at solving problems. Voting and typing isn't enough.

If we want change, be it gun control, addressing climate collapse, protecting abortion rights, confronting white supremacy, we're going to have to get out of our houses and off our couches. The movements are all there, but we all need to help build community power via local activism: co-ops, elections, clinic escorting, protests, ultimately, we probably need to organize a and shut down the whole thing. Real direct action not complaining via keyboards.

We need real, face-to-face and development of relationships. It's messy, difficult, and hard. Sometimes it amounts to very little. Sometimes it changes lives. Little changes, big changes. But if we don't start making the efforts we can be sure that we will fail. But if we get out there and try, experiment, fail, learn, fail again, but keep building. I don't see any other way. Waiting for broken government is just letting others do what they want with our lives.

Some examples that I've seen or been a part of: Bike co-op (fixing donated bikes, teaching repair skills to kids, , transport), (shared housing fostering community, shared resources, , economical), community gardens (learning how to grow food, mutual aid, time spent together, food production), tool library (sharing resources), community free schools/libraries. Almost any local business can be built as a co-op. via potluck meals

@Dennyhenke Don't blame people for not getting out of their houses and off their couches. Build the community so that they can feel safe getting out of their houses and off their couches. Empower them to do what needs to be done, and it'll happen, but no amount of bitching about how we clearly don't want change because we're so lazy just laying around on our couches will accomplish anything.

@Dennyhenke This whole thread is on point, I couldn’t agree more. Especially love the #generalstrike idea.

@pete @Dennyhenke@mastodon.cloud Hey Pete, just wanted to let you know I moved over to a new instance! My first time moving, hopefully the only time moving. My attempt to move followers over didn't seem to work. All my new posts will be @SocialCoop

@pete Oh, yeah, and meant to say, yes, the #generalstrike is key. Shutting down the country is something we need to do not just for this but it's something we need to make a habit of. The people here have forgotten that they have any power and they don't bother to try.

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