Sunday, October 23, 2011

OWS: what's the worst that could happen?

A lot of people keep saying to me, what's the point of the Occupy Wall Street movement. What will it really accomplish? So I thought, what's the worst that could happen?
Lets say in a few weeks, or a few months, everyone gets bored or tired or simply cold and goes home. What will have been accomplished?
Well at the very least several thousand people, most of them young, will have had the life changing experience of getting involved. They will have had the experience of devoting their time and energy to something outside of their social life, their work life, their computers. They will have had the experience of volunteering to try and make a difference in the world. And no matter what happens with OWS their lives and their attitudes will have been changed. When they look back on this time what will stand out won't be the cold and the dirt and the bad food. What they will remember will be the thrill of working together with other people for something bigger than themselves.
In a year, or five, or ten, someone will come to them to ask them to 'help out'. And whether its to take on a pro bono case, or volunteer a few hours at a food bank or help out with an elementary school fundraiser, I bet they say yes.

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

the 99%

I’ve been fascinated and mildly thrilled by the Occupy Wall Street movement. It started pretty small with the variety of fringe elements and demands that reminded me of my old college Anarchist organization. If you think an Anarchist organization sounds like an oxymoron I can assure you that the ‘meetings’ were exactly as you imagined.
However, the Occupy Wall Street movement is now growing into a real force. There are thousands of people joining in including unions and clergy and the movement is spreading to cities all over the country. And the national media is now taking them seriously.
No matter what your politics every American should get a thrill of seeing a real, spontaneous, non-violent grass roots movement emerge in this country. It’s the truest reflection of what is best about America.

Can such a movement really wake Congress up to the fact that they are there to protect homeowners, teachers, firefighters, credit card users, not large corporations, banks, and billionaires? Well similar movements ended the Vietnam war, segregation, the British occupation of India… Hey a girl can dream.

Want to know what they stand for? Essentially, the 99% of Americans who make less than $593,000.
We are the 99 percent. We are getting kicked out of our homes. We are forced to choose between groceries and rent. We are denied quality medical care. We are suffering from environmental pollution. We are working long hours for little pay and no rights, if we're working at all. We are getting nothing while the other 1 percent is getting everything.
Want to help? You can go here to donate. Just don’t bring it up at Thanksgiving with your hedge fund manager cousin!