Chaz Stevens, on the beginnings of his activism:
In the software business, the trick when you’re learning new technology is that it’s always best to find a project. Don’t read a book, but dive headfirst and muddle your way into it. I took the same approach when I wanted to do this. I wanted to get better at writing, and I knew that the way to get better at it was to force myself to write, so I decided to start the blog. I liked politics, and am of the “Saturday Night Live” generation, so I put the two together: I’ll start a blog and start writing about politics.
On his first big break:
I knew I was on to something when I was just ridiculing Steve Gonots, because the gameplan was all a matter of respect. Respect his office. And I would just embarrass the living hell out of him. Up until that point, nobody put together blogging and activism. Nobody filed a complaint, did the blogging, understand how the new media works, put it all together. I’m not going to suggest that I invented any of this; I just figured out how to put it all together.
On his own quality control:
You have to be willing to sort the wheat from the chaff. Part of the problem with My Acts of Sedition is that when you lob grenades like I do, is that they don’t work all the time.
On the power of the Internet:
The difference between me and activists in Deerfield Beach before is that I understand how the soapbox works, and I understand how to capitalize on it. There have been gadflies long before me, but the difference is the Net, and that allows my message to go out. It used to be, you’d have three minutes in front of the dais – say your peace and get shut down. Well, my message goes out 24/7, and politicians can’t shut it down.
On his political beliefs:
I’m very liberal. I’m a member of the American Socialist Party. When I was growing up, I was told to never judge a man by the color of his skin or the cut of his suit. I’m very left-wing. Occupy Wall Street is a wonderful concept, because it’s not getting better. It is getting worse.
On Barack Obama:
I was really, really happy when Mr. Obama got elected. I thought he had such wonderful ideas. And George Bush was all “strategery” and “Our childrens is learning,” right? This guy was really bright and everything else. He lost me when he didn’t close down Guantanamo Bay. I’m a card-carrying member of the ACLU and Amnesty International. I’ve been a proud volunteer of Amnesty for over two decades. I find Guantanamo Bay to be anathema. It is counter to everything I personally believe in as an American. It lost the moral high ground for us, and Mr. Obama had a chance to recapture that, and he blew it.
On why he does what he does:
Here’s the answer: If it wasn’t me, then who? You want to do my job? You want to take over My Acts of Sedition? Go ahead! The pay sucks. I’ve had to work my tail off for three years to get Poitier jacked up on four misdemeanor charges. It’s an uphill battle. Everything is geared against you.