Most activists know the power of the people united is powerful. Sometimes it takes examples for the masses to believe they can make a difference. Democracy can win.
Our brothers and sisters in Hong Kong created a movement to fight against an oppressor, and so far is winning. By no means is it over, however, the ruling will always fear mass disruption by the ruled.
Many of our Democratic leaders are telling Progressives they need to be more pragmatic with their wants which in fact are the wants of most people when one polls them. They want incrementalism even though that has incrementally decimated the wealth of too many.
Democracy must win
38+ years of an undemocratic economy catered virtually exclusively to capital has failed. Let's adopt the same spirit of freedom loving and people power demonstrated in Hong Kong as we fight for Medicare for All, Basic Income, Pay-It-Forward College, Family Leave, and other policies that concentrate on human beings for a change.
Hong Kong suspends extradition bill after huge protests
HONG KONG — Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Saturday announced the government would suspend debate on a controversial extradition bill that had prompted massive protests in the former British colony."We decided that it was important to return society to peace," Lam told reporters, referring to the huge demonstrations.
The announcement represented a major victory for protesters in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. But organizers have said they would not back down until the bill was withdrawn altogether, and on Saturday renewed calls for a planned march on Sunday.
"Suspension is not withdrawal," the group Civil Human Right Front posted on Facebook, while criticizing Lam's leadership and the police's strong-armed response to previous demonstrations. Students were also seen passing flyers out in the streets of Hong Kong to promote the next round of protests.
The climb down followed formal warnings from U.S. and European officials, with international business and human rights groups saying the changes would hurt the rule of law in Hong Kong, which was handed back to Chinese rule in 1997 amid guarantees of autonomy.
Hong Kong enjoys greater freedoms than mainland China under a "one country, two systems" framework. Residents can freely surf the internet and participate in public protests, unlike in the mainland.
The measure was not definitively canceled, however, and Lam did not say when debate would resume.