We don't build a democratic movement responsive to the interests and concerns of everyday people by voting once every four years focusing on picking the right leader to solve things. We build a democratic movement by investing ourselves in the larger community. Identifying local issues and campaigns to take part in. Growing networks of people willing to confront political power in the streets and in the halls of power not just when administrators of society deem it appropriate (election day) but when those in power are doing wrong.
We have to learn how to build up effective coalitions willing to force power to respond.
Learning to leverage political power via democratic actions means we have to learn how to protest and confront power in the most impactful ways possible.
Thats why I like this post by Scott Keyes over at Think Progress on: What Future Protests Can Learn From Moral Mondays
Scott provides a recap of five lessons we should all learn from the awesome work taking place in North Carolina so that we are all able to organize better, more effective protests: