Change begins by changing our mind about what doesn't work. Everyone blames the 1% for all our problems. Nobody questions how inefficient our methods of resisting are. We must do better than what we have, if we wish to prevail over the 1%
Repeace is an intuitive, practical strategy for social engagement and global solidarity, centered around values, not issues.
As a broadly framed, positive “CAMPAIGN OF RESPONSIBILITY,” Repeace offers a blue print for a new kind of (r)evolutionary change. Repeace has been a pioneering effort towards a new kind of communication platform for leaderless agency since its inception, back in 2009, before the waves of public outcry seen in Egypt (Tahrir Square), USA (Occupy), etcetera. The largest, past U.S. movements, and all current forms of social resistance / popular uprising, were unable to produce formal reforms (*) in our institutions, and struggle to motivate and mobilize sizable resistance. Repeace can do it, by offering to international Occupation movements a viable alternative of proactive engagement and an immediate result, without direct confrontations and the resulting violence.
The logic behind this approach, simple and timeless, is reflected in the narratives of our vision (here). The frightening state of institutional corruption, paired with a growing sense of disorientation felt inside global Activism, gives to the #Repeace strategy a relevance that keeps growing by the month.
Repeace employs applied social psychology and communication techniques (see: “Framing,” usually used by corporate, governmental and political entities) to reorganize social change, reunite, and empower a humanity in distress. Repeace frames all social activism under the name Repeacement, Repeacing, an activist as “Repeacer.” Repeace shifts thousands of different causes and dividing political views behind the values, we all share. This is perfectly in sync with the observations about the "more physical" Occupy movement, made by professor George Lakoff in 2012.
I think it is a good thing that the occupation movement is not making specific policy demands. If it did, the movement would become about those demands. If the demands were not met, the movement would be seen as having failed.
Consistent with Sheldon Wolin’s suggestions and George Lakoff’s beliefs, Repeace focuses on the values shared by existing organizations and citizens, and implements them in the 3 Repeace Commitments:
- I will support businesses that focus on sustainable, local products and services, not on buying influence.
- I will support representatives who are accountable to me, not to private interests.
- I will support countries that promote and defend freedom of expression.
The Repeace platform is unspecific, replicable for each nation, therefore global
Repeace aim is international in vision and scope, while its fast, simple engagement method is NON-issue-specific, independent of nationality, language, political, ideological or spiritual views, and able to adapt in time.
Different from traditional forms of organized resistance, The values of ACCOUNTABILITY, TRANSPARENCY, SUSTAINABILITY, COMPASSION, FREEDOM OF DISSENT/EXPRESSION are implied and reflected in three simple commitments. Every U.S. citizen/resident can actively stand behind the values above, and join in on the 3 major US counters. German, Austrian and Swiss citizens and residents, can do the same at repeace.de
* Chris Hedges speaks eloquently about the real possibilities of radical change. Based on the achievements of past popular movements (here, at 27:00) Hedges reminds us, that no matter how well organized American popular movements in U.S. history were (The Liberty Party; The Suffragettes; The old Progressives party (Roosevelt); The Civil Rights Movement), none of them achieved formal and lasting change. All they managed to create were “openings” in American Democracy. Hedges points out that "the Liberal class is functioning inside a system of Capitalism, which grants just enough reforms to keep the underclass acquiescent." A recent NYT Poll, referring to the achievements of Equality reforms of the Civil Rights Movement, proves Hedges' point: 50 Years After MLK's Assassination, Most Americans Think Inequality Reigns (here).