Deciding to March: The Civic Duty of “What the Hell?”

Shellee O'Brien
Apr 4, 2017 · 10 min read
From Inauguration Day protest March in Austin, TX (Photo by Bill Wale)

There’s No Way

Do Something

It’s Going to Happen

From Inauguration Day protests in Austin (Photo by Bill Wale)

What’s Next

The change we need to make is mobilisation. We have to sound the alarm. The worst thing we can do is despair. My message is, don’t stand aside, get stuck in. Don’t be a click-avist. Keep asking: “What next?” If you go on a march and think: “That’s the job done,” they win. A backlash is a reaction, so we have to keep taking action. I keep saying to people, I adore Martin Luther King, but he was wrong when he said: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards progress.” It doesn’t, unless you fight for it.

— Stella Creasy, Member of Parliament for Walthamstow

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Shellee O'Brien

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Creature of community; Idea gatherer; Citizen-at-large approaching the work of an engaged citizenry like the future depends on it. Founder, Politicolor.mn.co

Politicolor

Politicolor is a civic-learning community that connects the civic-minded through the ideas that make self-government possible. We serve an engaged citizenry and promote civic curiosity.