Let’s add humor to our organizing movements in order to make more progress

Most of our anti-nuclear organizing efforts rely upon hard facts (often scary, alarming facts).  But other methods (art, music, etc.) can reach people in deeper, more personal ways that hard facts can’t.  We do not use humor often enough.  It has great potential to cut through what is entrenched and open people up to see things in totally fresh ways.  We need such freshness in order to escape the deadening oppression that the nuclear arms race has imposed upon society.

Let’s consider how we might use humor to reach out to the public, the media, and politicians, and the military-industrial complex itself.

What clever – and potentially useful – strategies, jokes, poems, media (e.g., films such as “Dr. Strangelove” and “The Russians Are Coming!  The Russians Are Coming!”) could help us communicate effectively and build the abolition movement?  What clever examples of guerrilla theater, stand-up comedy, etc., could help us reach more people to inform and mobilize them to oppose nuclear weapons?

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This cartoon is a clever current example:

Cartoon — Alexa Lunch Launch













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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at https://parallaxperspectives.org He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093 glen@parallaxperspectives.org