I am excited about Occupy Wallstreet. I'll admit it straight out. Some
part of me rejoices at people re-claiming public space, looking to each
other to provide for basic needs, carving out space to discuss the
power structures and unyielding point a finger at the deep injustice to
which we have all become inured.
There's lots of
great links i could post, but the best coverage I've found is on democracy now. check it out of your at all curious--in particular, there's a great interview with David Graeber. So is it effective? What is the point?
As my brilliant housemate Sara Tansey says, if people are having
an experience of a different and better way of creating a society, its
working! Perhaps most compelling is the notion that this is not a
protest; it is a demonstration of how to run our society in a more
inclusive and equitable way. The General Assembly Model is a model for inclusion and democratic decision making on a mass scale.
have endorsed the action, and the mobilization is spreading to other cities, including Washington, LA, Boston, Chicago, Miami, Portland Maine, Denver...and many more are popping up. The first Occupy Cville meeting is tomorrow, 6:30 at Random Row Books--stop by if your in the area!
Born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (that beautiful chunk of land bordering lake superior that's connected to the mitten via the Mackinaw Bridge), i escaped to the east coast as early as possible. After 6 years of uppity schooling, i spent a year in New York City and a year travelling the States before settling down at Twin Oaks Community, an intentional, income sharing community of 90 people on 450 acres in central virginia. at the same time i joined a nascent klezmer band, the vulgar bulgars and spent the next 3 living the bucolic life of a farming klezmorim.