The Occupy movement is hardly finished. It has, as reported regularly on the radio show, and in this blog, diffused into the community, assisting the homeless, trouble neighborhoods, eduaction, immigrants and immigrant rights, Hurricane Sandy victims, youth violence and more. Because they aren’t in the headlines doesn’t mean that stalwart and idealistic core of activists and citizens have quit. It only means those are the stories the traditional corporate and status-white media ignore.
But they are not content to remain in the shadows and remain ignored. The poor, immigrants, the elderly, working class folks and minorities in this nation are being attacked daily on a broad front. The details of that attack are daunting, and it is easy to get lost in a thousand little battles and still get trampled in the broader attack. Those battles are indeed important. Life and death in many cases. But Spring is coming, and with it the chance to rise up once again, all of us representing our individual or small group battles to meet that front. It is the only way. The question becomes, what is the banner we all rally under.
This was the message I received this week from Occupy two days ago:
Beginning this May, there will be a resurgence of Occupy. We will occupy the headquarters of the largest Corporations in the world. Then encampments will appear each consecutive week in every major sphere of human activity from the conversion of natural resources to the manipulation of high finance. The 99% will call attention to the supreme concentration of power over the productive resources of our economy. We see nothing good in an economy controlled hierarchically by corporate managers, or by politicians, for predetermined ends. Instead, we want the economy run by the 99% through direct democratic processes free from domination and exploitation.
The next movement is not a replacement of the one before, but a building on its progress and a learning from its mistakes. The fight is still the fight. The cause is still the cause. You are still the key. Stay tuned right here.
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