A helping hand – Call for the pursuit of the fight

Dear promoters of direct democracy, from all countries,

First of all, congratulations to those who continue the fight in the field and from their places, each according to their means. A thought also for all the victims of violence, whatever their side.

Many good actions such as boycotts, road toll lifts, blockages of the most powerful hypermarkets and extraordinary coordination without a leader in power. We managed to make them shiver. The people are regaining their rights effectively.

On the other hand, there are also far too many demonstrators in the city centres and in the places of power. For my part, I understand the latter, but I think that unfortunately this is falling into a trap. The State is a fuse box, it is there to take the blows in the place of the owners of multinational companies (e. g. Total, Auchan, Carrefour, Vinci) who have the reality of power in most countries of the world. Head of states and ministers draw anger at them with provocations. So, we march through the city, we take prefectures and ministries. For what purpose? What is the cost for those who fall victim to the many police officers still loyal to power? Where’s the lever? The damage will be repaired with our taxes, nothing more. The real perpetrators of state corruption are even less concerned. These actions allow them to live normally.

Political power is a fuse box. What will happen when the head of state or the ruling party, having focused all the hatred on him, resigns, self-dissolves, followed by elections to choose the next fuse? Months lost, false hopes for change and a loss of momentum in the struggles.

This message is a call to focus on actions that can lead the government’s financiers to ask their elected puppets to accept our demand to adopt the referendum on popular initiative in the constitution. Here are some of the proposals:

– Continue to lift road tolls.

– Block as much as possible access to the country’s two or three largest hypermarkets stores.

– Advocate for prosecutors who are independent of the government and locally elected. The crimes of the financiers in power, elected officials and their bullies must no longer be dismissed without consequences. With the ability of prosecutors to seize Interpol, these often highly mobile white-collar criminals will no longer have a country to hide and enjoy their money.

– Demand an amnesty law for whistle-blowers. Yes, many finance workers have been involved in corruption, our impoverishment and people poisoning, but we have everything to gain from those who want to defect and expose the crimes of their employers or colleagues. We have seen, for example, with the Panama Papers, implant files, Snowden, Assange, Chelsea Manning, etc., that some financial insiders really want to participate in democratic struggles and bring down the oligarchy.

– Call on the United Nations to promote direct democracy in our countries. We all know that the United Nations cannot impose it, but it can measure and promote it. In fact, it cannot deny to apply what is in its founding texts. Even a dictator doesn’t like to be pointed at. International organizations can be valuable allies. It is a reality that the UN, despite all its past failure and our frustrations, have advanced peace by drastically reducing wars between countries, reducing child labour by nine tenth, and defeating the greatest diseases in history, such as smallpox. They are doing their job, do not confuse them with the European Union.

To all of us, keep having courage, we have every reason to be proud of the work done so far, victory may be unlikely, but it is possible if we use our anger for our own ends and not in the service of the opponents of democracy.


Pour lire ceci en français: https://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/181769674190/main-tendue-appel-à-la-poursuite-de-la-lutte

Petition to the UN for the Popular Initiative Referendum in accordance with Sustainable Development Goal 16 “Peace, justice and strong institutions” (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg16), for the referendum on the Citizenship Initiative: sign here: http://chng.it/TXCknMhm via Change and pass on to your friends:-)


My hormones want admirationhttps://tmblr.co/ZprwNe2fGP4AT

The Red and the Yellowhttps://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/181554498725/the-red-and-the-yellow-red-scarves-against-yellow

Successful protesters: https://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/181195356610/ successful-protesters-lets-have-a-quick-look-back

The leader – we?https://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/181677923775/the-leader-we

L’ONU interdit à la France l’usage des grenades et lanceurs de balles car cette violence d’Etat dissuade les gens de manifester pacifiquement.

Rights of ‘gilets jaunes’ protesters in France, ‘disproportionately curtailed’, say UN independent experts | UN News

https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/02/1032741

Successful protesters

Let’s have a quick look back at the first four weeks of Yellow Vests protests and what they have already obtained:

·        Fuel tax hike abandoned

·        Pensioner’s tax hike abandoned

·         Rise of the minimal wage

·         The government considering the idea of implementing popular initiative vote in the constitution

·         75% approval from the population after their 5th week of action

It may seem little to many French people, but remember this year’s four month of traditional hard rail strikes did not obtain a single thing but they have lost four months of salary. And it’s been like this for decades. Despite what the vast majority of media report about this movement, it is not about setting Paris monuments on fire. So far we can learn a lot from the Yellow Vests’ successful methods:

– The Yellow Vests have no representatives, no head to corrupt or to put in jail. The movement uses a multitude of social media platforms to coordinate local groups. Thinkers feed this network and, thanks to the internet, ideas and opinions are debated within a matter of hours. The Yellow Vests achieved efficiency without centralized authority.

– Their organization is highly flexible and reactive. Although the movement started against a fuel tax hike, the idea that direct democracy was the solution became prominent in less than a week. Another example is how quick they asked people to stop reacting to violence by violence between December 8th and 15th as soon as the people realised it was counter-productive and far from their goal.

– Yellow Vests do not focus on the capital city although this is the visible part in the media. They consider it would be giving too much importance to the head of state while they promote the idea of power coming from the people.

– They focus their efforts against the economic interests of those who command the government rather than symbols of power. So far by opening highway tolls, Vinci admitted suffering dozens of millions of loss and their shareholders are now panicking. The national confederation of big retailers are alarmed by 40% sales loss before Christmas. The political elites sure don’t listen to the streets but they sure consider these alarms coming from the conglomerates who finance their way of life.

This isn’t all new, most of it has been not only thought trough but also employed in the past, notably by Charles Stewart Parnell (Boycott https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boycott) and Gandhi (Salt march https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salt_March).


The economic leverhttps://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/181291168120/le-levier-économique-charles-stewart-parnell

Petition to the UN for Popular Initiative: Sign here: http://chng.it/7ZyzgZRB and then forward it!

University of Kansas – Conducting a Direct Action Campaign | Section 17. Organizing a Boycott | Main Section | Community Tool Box: https://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/advocacy/direct-action/organize-boycott/main

History of Successful Boycotts | Ethical Consumer: https://www.ethicalconsumer.org/ethicalcampaigns/boycotts/history-successful-boycotts

Gilets jaunes : le chiffre d’affaires de la grande distribution en forte baisse – Le Journal du Dimanche: https://www.lejdd.fr/Politique/gilets-jaunes-le-chiffre-daffaires-de-la-grande-distribution-en-forte-baisse-3808691

“Gilets jaunes”: Vinci autoroutes déplore “plusieurs dizaines de millions

– Zone bourse: https://www.zonebourse.com/VINCI-4725/actualite/Gilets-jaunes-Vinci-autoroutes-deplore-plusieurs-dizaines-de-millions-27760628/

France. La police doit cesser de recourir à une force excessive contre les manifestants et les lycéens  – Amnesty: https://www.amnesty.fr/presse/france.-la-police-doit-cesser-de-recourir-a-une-force

Yellow vests referendum initiative can be ‘good instrument in Democracy’: French PM – The Nation: https://nation.com.pk/17-Dec-2018/yellow-vests-referendum-initiative-can-be-good-instrument-in-a-democracy-pm

The situation of the Yellow Vests on Nov 25th: https://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/180480765525/the-situation-of-yellow-vests-today-1-fed-up-with

Popular Initiativehttps://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/181019131570/popular-initiative-translate

Referendum is a weapon that kills violencehttps://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/180920608175/le-référendum-est-une-arme-qui-tue-la-violence-oui

Vth Republic, still therehttps://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/180784519815/vth-republic-still-there-pour-lire-ceci-en

V for Vendetta – MovieReview  ChrisStuckmann:  https://youtu.be/jIE7XhW0LPo

Go, Go, Go!

Thank you for opening the town halls for complaints, more than a step before opening them for the referendums.

Operation “open town halls” on Saturday, December the 8th: “In this troubled period, mayors can connect citizens and the State”: https://www.francetvinfo.fr/economie/transports/gilets-jaunes/operation-mairies-ouvertes-samedi-dans-cette-periode-trouble-les-maires-peuvent-relier-les-citoyens-et-letat_3087821.html


Kneeling protester: A new symbol of the YellowVests? | RT: https://www.rt.com/news/445965-protesters-kneel-police-students

Les GiletsJaunes se mettent à genoux en soutien aux 151 lycéens arrêtés à Mantes-La-Jolie | lesoir Belgique: https://soirmag.lesoir.be/194509/article/2018-12-08/les-gilets-jaunes-se-mettent-genoux-en-soutien-aux-151-lyceens-arretes-mantes-la


Gilets Jaunes Coordination (Serveur Discord): http://www.giletsjaunes-coordination.fr

Trump’s shadows

Elections – The Electoral College Was Designed To Prevent Trump. You Can Make This Happen – The Huffington Post: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/douglas-anthony-cooper/the-electoral-college-was_b_12897066.html

Elections – What has happened – Status threat, not economic hardship, explains the 2016 presidential vote – Academy of science: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2018/04/18/1718155115

Elections – Recounting a day of rage, hate, violence and death – How a rally of white nationalists and supremacists at the University of Virginia turned into a “tragic, tragic weekend.” – Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/local/charlottesville-timeline/?utm_term=.55cd0e3906a2

“Ambition must be made to counteract ambition” – Checks and balances – Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federalist_No._51

Justice – What is done with efficiency – Special Counsel investigation – Wikipedia : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Counsel_investigation_(2017–present)

Justice – Over 100 Charges, 19 People and 3 Companies: The Mueller Inquiry, Explained – NY Times : https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/23/us/politics/mueller-investigation-charges.html

Justice – A Higher Loyalty by James Comey – review – The Guardian : https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/apr/22/a-higher-loyalty-truth-lies-and-leadership-by-james-comey-book-review

Allied countries – Head of states and International Organisations should react more clearly when Donald Trump Withdraw the United States from international treaties such as the Paris agreement on Climate, NAFTA, UNESCO or the Iran peace treaty.

Allied countries – Donald Trump, Dealbreaker – The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/10/donald-trump-dealbreaker/542730/

Media – John Oliver’s ‘Donald Drumpf’ jokes play on the same ugly xenophobia Trump does – Washington post : https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/03/03/john-olivers-donald-drumpf-jokes-play-on-the-same-ugly-xenophobia-trump-does/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.d5f0dc616653

Media – What has been done in the past – All President’s men – Wikipedia : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_the_President%27s_Men_(film)

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All the President’s Men 

Media – What I learned investigating Nixon, and why it matters now – Bob Woodward – TedXMidAtlantic: https://youtu.be/sPQETCpI-dw