I’ve been looking for my husband! I guess he’s in Hong Kong. Just kidding!!! What I mean by that snarky comment is that this is the kind of thoughtful, intelligent, and brave person I want as a partner in life. (The link to his interview is here, but the Embed code won’t work, so click below to go to the Democracy Now site to get it (at the 17:00 minute mark).
He is totally willing to let the public decide what we want to do. And he is okay with what we decide, but will be disappointed if no one does anything about it–if there are no policy shifts to create restrictions–and the situation of surveillance remains the same.
I can’t think of what I want/need though to do because I always knew there is was a surveillance apparatus for a long time, and I’m not a techy. I suppose I could write more letters. And I wrote a blog post about it. For the record, this does take effort. But is it real?
That’s one advantage of being committed to nonviolence, all the data is there that shows that I’ve never participated in violence. So if anyone ever tries to say anything to the contrary, it is not true.
One thing I can commit to doing is to pray: for Edward Snowden, his mind and spirit and body as he weathers this journey.
Also, I will continue to learn about and train people in nonviolent direct action and nonviolent conflict transformation, so that as we face the very difficult issues of the future we have the resources we need to talk through issues in order to find ways to share this planet with people who have similar and different truth claims.
Those are some of my thoughts. Ken Butigan’s thoughts are here on Waging Nonviolence blog and here are the UK Guardian’s thoughts. Your ideas?
Here’s another movie that resonates deeply with me, in terms of grappling with one’s place and moment in history (and working within/through/despite systems or relatively outside of them). Although this screenplay is somewhat problematic, for basic awareness about US integration process and some dynamics of the movement it can help get the conversation started…