Myanmar Protest Question

I was reading the AP’s coverage of the protest, and came across a few interesting quotes:

hours earlier some 30,000 monks and 70,000 supporters had massed in an extraordinary gesture of defiance.

The NLD joined calls for a peaceful resolution to the demonstrations, which have swelled into a nationwide movement that poses the most potent challenge to the junta’s rule in 20 years.

When you think of the million marching against war in London, and half a million in New York, you start to wonder.  What if those were simply anti-government protests?  What if liberals, finally fed up with a corporate government of the elites by the elites and for the elites, took to the streets to demand this government step down?

Voting in this country has become a very sick joke, with questionable elections and possible murder coverups.  The last two Presidential elections were suspicious, and that doesn’t even get into local elections that operate under infinitely less scrutiny.

So why not protest the government?  I bet we could eclipse the anti-war numbers.  We could certainly hit 100,000.  Do you think world media would pick up on it?  Would other governments call us courageous, and offer up sanctions to support us?

The monks in Myanmar/Burma are indeed very courageous.  And well positioned to make a stand:

The clergy’s revered status has made them rallying figures for public anger, which first erupted more than one month ago after a crippling hike in fuel prices.

Analysts believe the junta, which has extended iron rule over Myanmar for more than four decades, has held back so far for fear that any violence against monks in this devoutly Buddhist nation would spark a huge outcry.

Where are our monks?


More Women in Government: She Should Run

From SheShouldRun at myDD:

Two percent.

That’s the proportion of Congress in U.S. history that’s been made up of women.

She Should Run is a project to get more pro choice women into office.  I got an email from Alicia Durfee:

The greatest part of this project is that it’s not a superficial exercise, but real action to elect pro-choice women.  As the nominations have come in, the WCF has been following up to make sure these women receive the support and resources they need to run.  They’re even planning their first training session with women who have been encouraged to run as a direct result of this project.

This is pretty straight forward.  Our government is growing increasingly hostile to women’s rights.  This is a great way to begin turning back the tide and moving our policies from the 1950’s into the current decade.

You all probably know someone who could run for office.  An inspiring teacher whose always talking about politics.  A doctor who is passionate about health care reform.  The office manager who advocates for change in the workplace.

Another good place to look would be your handy local politicians.  I can think of a particularly courageous, deft and principled State Rep from Massachusetts who should really consider running for a higher office.  I’m sure you can too.