Tonight the protests will be continue. I’m glad to see the momentum has not slowed and I hope it is peaceful. But the big question is – what exactly are we asking for?
Yes, we want money channeled toward public programs like education and medical centers. Yes, we want the flow of funds into the pockets of politicians to cease.
But somebody better be more specific.
I know from experience that the best way to get what you want it to:
1) know exactly what it is that you want
2) know exactly who it is you want it from
3) know exactly how you want it to get to you
4) ask for something that is actually feasible
Do we really not want anyone to come to the World Cup? Or do we want transparency and a voice in how those revenues are used? (The revenues coming to the actual country might be a much smaller percentage than we think, considering a bunch goes to FIFA and to those who might have made private investments in contracting for the stadiums.) Do we really not want to pay to ride the bus? Or do we just want increases to be reasonable and justified? (Justified meaning that the extra funds actually go to maintaining and improving the system.)
Has anyone put something together?
Asking for change is easy. Drafting a detailed and reasonable proposal that outlines exactly how you want to see that change happen is really hard. Protesting is easy. Negotiating is more difficult. Complaining is easy. Finding actual solutions is a challenge.
So let’s get rolling. Brazilians – what it is you want?