The Light Brigade Network

One of the things I love most about this blog is that it has allowed me to meet a lot of fascinating people who have taught me a great deal. For example, Linda Cooke, a member of the North Texas Light Brigade, introduced me to this fascinating international organization.

I love it when people get creative with their activism, and the Light Brigades have done quite a bit of that. It all started in Wisconsin, with the Overpass Light Brigade in Milwaukee. Their illuminated messages on highway overpasses had quite an impact, and the idea has spread throughout the country, and also to Croatia, France, Germany, New Zealand, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Some of the groups are more radical than others, but some of the messages that these groups have attempted to  literally enlighten the world with are:

  • Unlearn Racism

  • Film the Police

  • Medicare for All

  • Wage Hike or Strike

  • Save the Bees

  • Teacher Solidarity

  • Stop Monsanto

  • No Keystone XL

  • Pipelines Leak

  • Be Visible

  • Dream Act Now

  • No Water for Profit

  • Piss off the GOP and Vote

  • Divest from Fossil Fuel

  • Hands Up – Don’t Shoot!

  • Water is Life

  • Practice Peace

These eye-catching illuminated signs are short but sweet, and given that our attention spans seem to be limited these days, I think this is an effective way to spread the word about important causes. Check out the Light Brigade Network to see if there’s an active chapter near you, and if not, consider starting one!

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4 thoughts on “The Light Brigade Network

  1. lyn sutton

    Love this form of creative activism. Maybe they could include a one-stop web site that gives information on the cause they’re illuminating. Not everyone’s as proactive as you and I in follow-up research.

  2. lyn sutton

    Wonder if there’s one that illuminates the ‘ Phones Down…Look Up to Wake Up!’ concept. I miss eye contact when speaking to other humans. It isolates them as it narrows awareness and perspective. When they do look up they seem lost and dazed. 🙂 I smile, but it really is sad and disturbing when it goes this far.

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