Posted 4 years ago on Nov. 20, 2012, 10:54 p.m. EST by Grey5Fox
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I know one of the biggest turn offs (besides ideological reasons) of trying to mount political power via voting is the big machine a movement would be up against in order to get national exposure. But I was taking a look at local power (city and local state seats). Local state and city governments have more power over people's lives. Minimum wage is different in various states for example. Private power works extra hard to control state and city governments just as much as they work to control the national government, yet winning state government seats requires a lot less votes, and it would be easier to organize since the geographical area is A LOT smaller, and it would be easier to engage the populations of these smaller geographical areas. Big changes can be gained by winning seats in local governments.
And for those who doubt it can be done, I beg you to look at New York City as an example. Occupy was able to get thousands of people in the streets. With just that same amount of energy and people voting for a local state senate or assembly seat, you could get a non-corporate (non-democrat-republican) candidate in a local office. And if you don't think getting one person in doesn't make a difference, look at the NY Senate. 32 seats belong to Democrats, 28 to Republicans. That number usually fluctuates 50-50 back and forth. Having one or two people that represent us (the 99%) who won't compromise would prevent many sneaky bills that the state senate (and assembly) pass (fracking for example). It could also be used to push demands which would make a bigger impact to the population in NY compared to a change in national government. If our vote is the deciding vote (which looking at the make up of the NY State Senate for example, it could be), then we can demand certain major changes, and begin a push. It can begin a national trend. Plus if anyone knows ANYTHING about local NY politics, these guys are the most corrupt in the entire country. Also most of them are pretty mediocre, so defeating some of them wouldn't be that crazy of an idea. Look how local governments in the country have been trying to attack librarians, firefighters, and teachers. All those things are local governments. If we started trying to take seats, we can stop private power, and it can be the beginning of a big push back. I beg you all to think it through.