Citizen Action Monitor

The remarkable Lisa Fithian, global activist extraordinaire

“If we’re not willing to create the kind of disruption that will force the power-holders to make different choices, we’re going to continue to be dealing with a lot of pain.”

No 2587 Posted by fw, February 16, 2020

Chris Hedges — Today we discuss the mechanics of resistance with the activist and author, Lisa Fithian.

Lisa Fithian – And one of the things I’m trying to spread as I go round talking, with this book — and I’ve organized in difference sectors of our movement – I recognize there’s a lot of fear around this, that there’s fear of crisis, there’s fear of chaos or organized chaos. But if we’re not willing to create the kind of disruption that will force the power-holders to make different choices, we’re going to continue to be dealing with a lot of pain.

Chris – We’re going to go extinct.

Lisa – Thank you. We’re going to go extinct.

On his On Contact show this week, Chris Hedges talks to activist and author, Lisa Fithian, about fierce, loving resistance. Lisa has been at the center of some of the most important campaigns of the American resistance movement in the past four decades, including the March for Peace, Justice in Central America and South Africa, Justice for Janitors labor organizing campaign, the Battle of Seattle, Occupy Wall Street, Egypt’s Tahrir Square, Standing Rock, Ferguson, and most recently, the Extinction Rebellion climate justice protests. Fithian’s new book is: Shut It Down: Stories From A Fierce, Loving Resistance.

Lisa Fithian has been working for nonviolent social change since the mid  1970’s.  Over the years she has been a student, labor and community organizer on a broad range of issues.  From environmental justice to student and worker rights, from peace and global justice to immigration and housing, Lisa continues to use a wide range of strategies and tactics and encouraged nonviolent direct action as one of the most effective strategies for change. (For a full profile of Lisa, go to her website at Organizing for Power, Organizing for Change.)

Below is my repost of Chris’ 28-minute interview with Lisa Fithian. This repost includes the embedded You Tube video. Although there is no transcript available for this interview, and I did not prepare one, I refer visitors to a brief overview of Lisa’s new book, Shut It Down, published by Chelsea Green Publishing, an employee-owned company. The blurb includes the Table of Contents, and all of Chapter Two, about shutting down the CIA.

In addition, following the video embedded below, is a link to an interesting story by Starhawk, an author, activist, permaculture designer and teacher, and Lisa’s friend and associate. Starhawk’s narrative appears to have been written in 2011 and is a response to a “Fox News hit piece on Occupy Wall Street and targeted my dear friend Lisa Fithian.”

The You Tube video is embedded below, but it is also available on Dandelion Salad’s website by clicking on the following linked title.

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Chris Hedges: “Shut It Down” – Stories From A Fierce, Loving Resistance, Chris Hedges interviews Lisa Fithian, Dandelion Salad, February 15, 2020

Embedded Video

On Contact: Fierce, loving resistance with Lisa Fithian, by RT America, You Tube, February 15, 2020 (28 min)

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The Truth About Lisa Fithian by Starhawk, (2011?) — Friday, October 14.  I come back from two days on the ranch, where some rodent had chewed up the internet cables, and learned that Fox News had done a hit piece on Occupy Wall Street and targeted my dear friend Lisa Fithian. What do you do when a friend is slimed by Fox News?  If you respond, do you simply feed the venom?  But if you don’t respond, do their lies stand, unchallenged?  Or is it a badge of honor to be called out by Fox, however nasty it feels? I’m not sure what the most strategic course of action is.  But I can’t stand by in silence when a good friend is smeared.  So I want to put on record some of what I know about Lisa Fithian.

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