When I pressed play on the new Anonymous Worldwide Wave of Action video, the voice of Martin Luther King rang out crystal clear with a message that could not be timelier, “We have come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.”
Just then, I thought someone had dropped acid into my coffee, maybe I was still overly weary from my cross-country trek, or perhaps I slipped into a vortex and was transported into a new dimension. As Dr. King said, “I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom,” he became distorted and morphed into an Anonymous masked man. I had fallen down the rabbit hole and entered Wonderland, as Anon MLK declared, “Let freedom ring!”
From there, an Anonymous voice took over and delivered much of the now well-known Worldwide Wave call to action. Our Anonymous friends certainly know how to keep it creative, fun and fresh. The Worldwide Wave has already inspired several other videos (see some here, here, here & here) and has just launched a new organizing site at WaveOfAction.org.
The first phase of the Worldwide Wave is set to begin on the anniversary of King’s assassination, April 4th, and run through July 4th. The organizing site has a Post Actions function that allows people to easily share what they are planning to do, along with a map that shows active locations. To get the ball rolling, they have featured a few action campaigns that will run throughout the full three-month cycle:
1) Worldwide Wave Launch gatherings will be held on April 4th at Zuccotti Park and former occupation sites throughout the world.
2) On Mondays – Thursdays, they are calling for Move Your Money Bank Rallies. They are asking people to show up at local bank locations and Federal Reserve sites to encourage people to move their money to community banks and handout information on alternative currencies and new economic systems.
3) Every Friday they are planning Money Out Marches to local City Halls calling for a Constitutional Amendment to get money out of politics.
4) On Saturdays, they are calling for “social events in support of solutions.”
5) On Sundays, they are calling for mass meditations and prayer sessions “in support of ushering in a new paradigm.”
Getting money out of politics and participating in alternative economic systems, with a meditative spiritual layer this time around, are the initial priorities. In my opinion, an increased focus on rallying around solutions, as opposed to just protesting what we are against is a necessary step. I also think a spiritual component is a much needed addition to radical activism. However, as the call to action states, this will be a decentralized crowdsourced movement open to all willing to engage in a wide diversity of nonviolent tactics. These actions are clearly just the beginning. It will be interesting to see what actions people will post and how this evolves. As their homepage says:
“Be the change. What are you waiting for? This is your movement! Let’s create a culture of transformation. Share an action or event that you are organizing. Whether it’s a large-scale demonstration or a small personal act, tell the world what you are doing to be the change we need to see… (Post Your Action Now)”
The campaign is obviously influenced by the Anonymous and Occupy/99% Movement. Reference to a “Global Spring” that builds on the foundation of these movements provides a powerful opportunity for them to regain momentum and recapture mass consciousness. Considering that the social conditions, economic inequality and corruption of the political process have become even more severe than they were in 2011, when the Occupy Movement was born, these movements will have the chance to apply their battle-tested wisdom and regain their influence on the cultural zeitgeist.
The timing seems right. Many more people are now aware of the injustice and exploitative nature of the present system. Even the new Pope is now reciting from the Gospel of Occupy, and Gartner, the respected technology research firm, has predicted, “A larger-scale version of an Occupy Wall Street-type movement” in 2014. New research also demonstrates that it only takes 3.5% of the population to create significant change. Poll after poll proves that we have the overwhelming majority of people behind us. The facts are already on our side.
To get the more passive people involved, to win their hearts and minds, it will be helpful to have a more positive, inspiring, fun and festive approach. Creating a more compassionate and inclusive culture of transformation is what it’s all about. Radical positivity in the face of such corruption and exploitation, with an overwhelming number of things to be negative about, is definitely not easy to pull off. As the call to action puts it: “Keep moving forward with an indomitable will, a compassionate spirit and radiate a positive attitude. Moods are contagious. Be passionate and have fun!”
After a winter of planning and organizing, the coming Spring will be ripe for a powerful mass movement to emerge. The latest Wave of Action video states, “If we begin preparing now, a massive spring offensive will lead to a summer of transformation, a fall of the empire and the birth of a new era.”
That may sound like naïve wishful thinking, but the facts demonstrate that it is absolutely possible. If we can just show maturity by organizing and coordinating in a slightly more coherent and unified fashion, we will be unstoppable… and our corrupted leaders know it. The more the endangered oligarchy desperately tightens their grip, the more people will rebel and fight for freedom.
The tipping point is near! A critical mass is now engaged, the wind is at our back, the tide is turning and a Wave of Transformation is rising up over the horizon.
See it, feel it, know it, embrace it and become one with it.
“United we will blaze a contagious nonviolent wave of action through mass consciousness.
United we will signal the end of the old world.
United we will usher in a new paradigm.
Now is the time!”
If you are planning any actions or doing anything in your personal life “to be the change,” be one of the first people to jump on the new Wave of Action site and post your information here.