As it turns out, democracy looks a lot like community.
That’s the lesson coming out of Wisconsin as activists of every stripe, including people who before the Walker administration never even considered themselves likely activists, band together to take back governance of their state away from remote corporate interests. Just look at the Overpass Light Brigade.
Recently featured in the New York Times, Overpass Light Brigade has been building a community of activists through participation in peaceful direct actions. They create beautiful and compelling protest signs and, like other more recent activist groups, are more of an association than a rigidly structured and organized entity.
Some folks come to hold signs, others use the open-sourced instructions on how to make the signs and come up with their own creative advocacy. The benefit is a wide and diverse messaging all uniting around one common theme: vote Gov. Scott Walker out of office.
It’s a compelling, creative and beautiful expression of political speech and one that’s working.
Photo from badsci via flickr.