If a majority of working folks simply picked a week this summer to stop working, across all of America, I can pretty much assure you that the powers that be will be forced to take us seriously. Forced to realize that the system itself is irreparably broken. That it is broken because it is both no longer relevant, as well as being so well down the road of mutation, and corruption, as to be as toxic in its entirety as any one of the poisons it has put into the air, or water, or ground, or any of our social institutions that you might want to pick.
And in this you don't have to become a union organizer. You don't have to become some political party aparachick. You only need to be talking to your neighbors, as well as your coworkers, as to the absolute need for truly fundamental change. Because only fundamental change is going to save us now. Now that we know, and with reasonable assurance, that terrible changes are coming to this planet unless we launch massive actions all across the globe to reverse the damage that "Business As Usual" as wrought.
You know this in your heart and your mind. You just remain so uncertain as to what to do about it because all of the normal options of politics have been so manipulated by so many different players. I know I am just a crazy old dreamer, but the one thing you can count on is this: at least you know everything I am about has nothing to do with my personal gain. I am a barely getting by retiree now, and no matter what happens with this advocacy, I will retain that same economic status. I will do that because I hate not only what money has done to us as a nation, and as a species, but also because what it did to my family. And nothing is ever going to change that I can assure you.
WE'RE NOT SAYING IT WAS GRIMES, BUT...
[Post Note: And talk about unaffordable. Cities themselves may face the same problem as housing in general is. Something that might ruin even great cities like Seattle. J.V.]