Change comes from ac­tions, not votes

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Bren­dan Walsh, Bal­ti­more The writer is co-founder of Viva House.

It is note­wor­thy that Novem­ber 8 is Elec­tion Day and Dorothy Day’s 110th birth­day. Dorothy was co-founder of the Catholic Worker move­ment and is cur­rently on track for saint­hood in the Catholic tra­di­tion.

Long be­fore Dorothy was in­volved with the worker move­ment, she was a jour­nal­ist writ­ing for The Call and The Masses in New York City. She was also a suf­fragette ad­vo­cat­ing for the right of all wo­m­ento vote. She was ar­rested at the White House de­mand­ing that right and went on a bit­ter hunger strike while im­pris­oned in Oc­co­quan, Va.

Re­gard­less, Dorothy never voted. She rec­og­nized quite clearly that the elites and cor­po­rate power, what we now call the 1 per­cent, con­trol all elec­tions. Main­tain­ing a two party sys­tem keeps things in proper or­der. She agreed with the late Phil Ber­ri­gan that “if vot­ing could change things, it would be il­le­gal.”

Real and last­ing change comes from the bot­tom, from the groundswell of the marginal­ized, from those locked tight in poverty and from those who be­lieve that non­vi­o­lent so­lu­tions to mas­sive in­jus­tices here and all over the planet are the only so­lu­tions that will have a last­ing ef­fect. The de­ceit­ful Don­ald Trump and the trust­less Hil­lary Clin­ton are both aligned with the 1 per­cent, the rag­ing and al­ways hun­gry mil­i­tary and the cor­po­rate gi­ants.

The elec­tion is rigged in fa­vor of the wealthy, the ar­ro­gant and all those who be­lieve in mil­i­tary so­lu­tions to all prob­lems. Think about that on Elec­tion Day. It was Dorothy Day’s birth­day, and she never voted. Dorothy was on to some­thing. You vote with your life. It’s more im­por­tant than the bal­lot.

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