There are three headlines from Occupy today that I’m compelled to share. These headlines not only serve to remind us that Occupy is alive and well, despite the many evictions. It’s a reminder of just how dynamic the movement is, and how creative it’s getting through the need to adapt. Through outreach and a broadening dialog, more and more communities and groups are getting on board, which is exactly what the movement needs. We’re doing it, folks!
1. Occupy our Homes
The first is Occupy our Homes, which appears to be the next big phase of the Occupy movement. Occupy our Homes actions involve occupiers pitching tents in the front and back yards of the homes of people who are in danger of eviction. Aside from being a great cause, and one that we surely need, it makes sense for the movement on so many levels. (See what else Occupy is up to in cities across the country.)
Watch a video of one foreclosure occupation in Brooklyn, NY or skip to @2:46 on the below vid.
- Occupiers cannot be evicted from private property, where the owners have granted them permission to stay. This eliminates the police craziness occupiers face in city squares.
- It’s direct action that yields literal, tangible results. This is good for the movement’s public perception, and also great for Occupiers themselves, who must at times feel frustrated at the pace of change they’re working so hard for.
- It’s good for Occupy’s PR problem. When average Americans go on the news to talk about how helpful and supportive Occupiers have been to them, it’s hard to call them violent and anarchic. Occupying evictions and foreclosure auctions puts a kinder gentler face on a movement that’s been scarred by sources outside of mainstream media, as well as by sources inside the movement itself.
Rachel Maddow had a great piece on Occupy our Homes. Watch at MoveOn.org.
2. Farmers Join Occupy Wall Street
Before Occupy, I’d protested just about everything from dangers around reproductive rights, to war, to you name it. The injustice that got me most riled, though, was what companies like Monsanto have done to our global food supply. To me, Monsanto and the corporatization of food is an even bigger evil than the worst of the Wall Street crooks who crippled the economy.
Through a day of dialogue, musical performances, and a march, farmers and their urban allies working for food justice in their communities will form alliances to fight and expose corporate control of the food supply.
Events throughout the day will call and inspire participants to fight against the corporate manipulation of the agriculture system. An industry that is responsible for using chemical toxins tied to soaring obesity rates, heart disease and diabetes and limiting access to affordable, wholesome food to the country’s poorest citizens.
Here are some pictures from the event and the original post on OccupyWallSt.org. If you’re a farmer, or you know one, suggest that they reach out to their local Occupy group to see how to get involved.
3. More than 2 Cops Support Occupy, But only 2 So Far are Talking About It
I’ll leave this one to speak for itself, except to say that I think we need to do some police outreach. Here’s something I posted on my pal Mishelle’s Facebook wall earlier today. Thanks, Mishelle, for sharing this video!
Ya know, the cops I’ve spoken with down at Zuccotti have no. idea. what occupy is about. It’s like they were bussed in from outer space. They honestly didn’t get it. I drew a comparison for 2 of them around contracts. Their contracts (which is an issue in NY because Nassau cops were for months at risk of losing pensions because of budget fubars), as compared to the wall st contracts that guaranteed bonuses, even after the fallout. I got their attention with that one, by pointing out that wall st contracts just COULD NOT be broken NO MATTER what. But look at the men on the job for 25, 30 years in Nassau who could be going home without their pensions in the end. And a leetle lightbulb turned on. But for srs, by and large, they’re in the dark. Main stream media heads, the lot of ’em. We should probably do some outreach. I’ll get on that. 🙂
You can watch the video below, and if you have any ideas about direct police outreach to educate them on Occupy’s issues, and why they’re a part of the 99%, I’m open.
4. From Democracy Now: Indigenous Activists From Canada Protest Tar Sands Oil at Durban Climate Change Summit
Yes, I sneaked a #4 in here. It’s not specific to Occupy Wall Street, but it does touch on environmental concerns which are close to the hearts of the Occupy Movement. I’m embedding the short Democracy Now clip below because it’s one of the more concise, educational pieces on why drilling in the Tar Sands is a disaster of epic proportions.
~ Further Reading ~
Just some other pieces, some OWS-related some not, that I’ve come across today that are worth sharing.
- Occupied Washington, from Mother Jones | A long look at the whole Occupy concept, why we’re pissed, what we want.
- N.Y.C. Police Maligned Paradegoers on Facebook, from NY Times | Not news: NYC Cops are, by in large, bigots. News: they started a Facebook group about it, which was later disappeared magic-like. The article is about the annual West Indian American Day Parade in Brooklyn, but sheds some light on the Archie Bunker mindset of the NYPD.
- The 45 Most Powerful Images of 2011, from BuzzFeed | Some Occupy pictures are included, as well as plenty of natural disaster photos and more. All the pics are pretty compelling.
- …and a funny one from The Onion, on what main stream media news-heads don’t realize about how their news is presented. (below)
- Occupy Does, Actually, Know What it Wants
- (not ows specific) Poor & Content
- 5 Things to Know About Moving Your Money to a Local Bank or Credit Union
- 8 Ways to Defend the Occupy Movement to Your Conservative Family Over the Holidays
- 11 Ways to Support the Occupy Movement Without Sleeping in a Park