marvelous article in the latest new yorker (online below), which focuses on two guys & shows a particular strength of this movement, whatever may become of it, namely that it's not centered on a leader or leaders but represents 21st century grassroots activism:
<blockquote>“I almost feel like I’m a ghost, or like I’m living in a dream, where my conversations with Kalle have manifested in reality,” he said. In mid-November, sixteen hours after someone created a short “Micah M. White” entry on Wikipedia, White nominated it for deletion. “Person is non-notable,” he wrote.</blockquote>
Read <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/11/28/111128fa_fact_schwartz#ixzz1eN2uYJCt">more here</a>.
These people feel familiar, but I'm thinking of Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, et al. To the google-minded who don't know about how the Yippies rode the peace movement to fame, infamy and book deals, you may want to look up the Youth International Party.
I am so amazed that the Occupy movement continues as it does without individual attachment of names and faces, but a crowd, everchanging in makeup and origin with a universal purpose, clearly stated without having to be defined with an -ism.
Soon enough, there will be those who will learn how to translate this energy into meaningful response through political action, but what a joy to watch the energy grow by degree and infect people who never, ever dream of political expression.
In a world where the forces that perpetuate racial, social, political, gender, and economic inequality are beginning to fracture... In a world where repression and greed have been the rule for too long... In a world where ordinary people have access to communication in unprecedented numbers, we have come to a threshold.
Step over that threshold.
All over the world, people are beginning to understand there is power in numbers… That they need no longer stand aside and let the few and the wealthy control the destiny of all.
This is where you can begin to speak your mind. Say it aloud in a hundred different ways. Say it in your own voice, in your own way, "We are the 99%. And we will take control of our own destiny."
Join your voices to those who Occupy and overcome.
We also speak who only write… and sometimes even louder.