Democracy is failing. The economy is failing. Our collective mental health is failing. Our relationship to life around us is failing. Neoliberalism is failing. "The System" is failing.
We live amongst these failures, struggling daily to make sense of it all and find our way. Yet the liberal methods of addressing these problems — changing out lightbulbs, clicking petitions, voting — seem to have very little effect, and appear incapable of solving the problems that are rooted deep in our society. Something else is needed.
A better future can still be imagined — even though it is sometimes hard to see. It is worth fighting for.
I refuse to despair. I refuse to be defeated. I have not given up.
As such, I have decided that the time has come for me to move beyond my comfort zone (which is becoming increasing uncomfortable anyway!), and so I pledge that within the next 6 months I will take direct action in the form of civil disobedience.*
*People who are already involved with RisingUp will be in touch. We will help with training, legal preparation, personal/group care work, strategy, action ideas, and resources as best we can. We will try to open creative spaces that enable you to stand by the commitment you are making today, wherever you are in the UK.