What is the most effective way to appear to be working for a cause without actually working for it? Take the microphone. at a public rally, of course.
The procedure is simple. Gather a picket carrying mob together at a busy urban area, set up a stage arrayed with visible seating, dress up, look serious, and then when your turn comes up, stand at the pulpit and mouth off emotional rhetoric for about an hour. If you are lucky, the gullible among the crowd may actually take you for a prime community activist and a God-sent savior. Only make sure that the drama wraps up early enough at the day’s end, because, well, we all may have work the next morning!
It is quite puzzling why some of our most "astute" community spokespersons have taken the route of organizing public rallies as some sort of vehicle for permanent social change, despite the fact that this is no pre-revolutionary Iran and they are no Ayatollah Khomeinis. Rallies produce results, yes, but only when the necessary ground work of creating a unified community consciousness and a strong sense of commitment has been laid (the hard part!). Otherwise, they are a flimsy excuse to socialize on a sunny day, be entertained by colorful speeches, or for some, to project themselves as restless leaders for an Islamic cause.