The morning of April 2, 2018 thousands of Oklahoma Teachers and concerned citizens followed the example of teachers in West Virginia and converged on the State Capital calling for what they deem is long overdue adequate funding for their school, classrooms and students. But there are some in far-flung parts of the state that are rallying support in their own hometowns, garnering support from citizens to make calls from all parts of the state to their state legislators to urge them to support the needed funding for schools. I was lucky enough to happen on one of these hometown rallies and spoke directly with the Everyday Revolutionaries taking a stand for education and the future.
The #NeverAgain movement has quickly become a national movement, but in keeping with the spirit of The Everyday Revolutionary, we understand that national movements are made up of well run local movements. Here’s an article from Hingham, Mass about the organization of the student walkout there.
Get your ducks in a line was common barnyard advice when I was growing up. It’s also good advice in any endeavor you are trying to accomplish! See how the Everyday Revolutionary can use this bucolic encouragement to their advantage. Listen to the podcast.
Taking a stand can be a scary thing. Because it’s going against the grain, because it makes other uncomfortable, taking a stand is not the choice for the faint-of-heart. Everyday Revolutionaries know this or will come to know it soon enough. Making change is not about complaining, it’s about doing. Taking a stand is the first step.
People don’t like to think of themselves in grandiose terms like “The Chosen One,” it comes across as a bit too 80s Action Movie-like. But since you’ve decided to enter the world of Everyday Revolutionaries, you’ve chosen yourself…and you need to view yourself, humbly, as such! Listen in to the podcast for some encouragement for the Chosen Ones!
In 1968, in response to the loss of 58 fishing men within a month’s time, Lillian Billoca, pictured above, and other women from the port of Hull demanded action on the improvement of the safety on the fishing industry in England. The concern regarding the safety of the men as they performed their work on understaffed boats, often without radio operators and no medical facilities except back at port and employers seemingly more attentive to the bottom line, had been ongoing for years prior to 1968. The tragedy of the loss of the three boats and the 58 men spurred the women, dubbed “the Headscarf Revolutionaries,” into action. They knew what they wanted, they knew what their destination was, they needed to make those in charge take action. This episode describes the efforts of the Headscarf Revolutionaries to bring about significant change in a community, an industry and a nation.
We’ve discussed our Everyday Revolutions in the framework of local or even neighborhood level changes. There are issues, nationwide issues, that are of a concern, as well. We here at the Everyday Revolutionary would submit that national movements are really a collection of hundreds or thousands of locally grown participants seeking to raise awareness in their part of the world, change the mind of their elected representatives or even change local policies regarding the issue at hand. Being part of a million person march on Washington has its effect, but being one of a million Everyday Revolutionaries across the nation changing their hometown also has a big impact.
Whether you support, oppose or are just concerned about the student walkout regarding school safety and gun violence, it is an example of Everyday Revolutionaries putting their right to demonstrate into practice. Although these walkouts are happening nationwide, each walkout is a locally organized event. Dissent, debate and the right to demonstrate are essential to a free society.
We might want to believe we’re like that pink bunny playing the bass drum on those commercials, but the truth is even Everyday Revolutionaries can wear down. Often these revolutionary are taking up parts of your time reserved for you, Don’t forget you are your most valuable asset in the effort to improve your part of the world so be sure to take care of yourself. Listen to battery recharging advice from granddad’s farm on our new episode.