Art is essential to build a social change movement. How do we grow and expand?
How 350.org created a social change movement that makes mental health prevention completely possible:
Here are some quotes from this speech about using art for social change movements:
“Money warps our political life, it obscures our vision, but just like with physics and chemistry, there’s no use whining. We know what we need to do. The first thing we need to do is build a movement. We will never has as much money as the oil companies, so we need a different currency to work in. We need bodies, we need creativity, we need spirit…We cannot stop their money, but we can strip them of their credibility….”
“I know that simply persuasion will not do. We need to fight non-violently and with civil disobedience….But one thing that you need to make sure, the one thing that you need to get across, is that you are not the radicals in this fight. The radicals are the people that are fundamentally altering the composition of our atmosphere. That is the most radical thing that people have ever done. We need to fight with art and with music, too. Not just the side of our brain that like bar graphs and pie charts, but with all of our brains and all of our souls. We need to fight with unity. We need to have a coherent voice. We need to speak with one loud voice. We fighting for your future….”
“We fight alongside our brothers and sisters around the world….Most of the people that we work with around the world are poor, and black, and brown, and Asian and young, because that’s what most of the world is made up of, and they care about the future as much as anyone else….”
“The only thing that a morally awake person can do when the worst thing is happening that can happen, is to try to change those odds. There is no guarantee that we will win, but we will fight side by long as long as we’ve got.”