Recovering from a stem cell transplant and chemotherapy at the City of Hope, Idyllwild Conversationalist Ray Barmore cheers on our efforts at local energy independence.
The Commander and the Lieutenant must find a way to awaken everybody to the necessity of celebrating May Day. Will they succeed?
Check out our wild mind map! At our last meeting, we brainstormed on some of the ways we might disentangle our community from the industrial food chain and create a more sustainable, healthy standard of living for all interested Hill residents. I organized the ideas from that Conversation and the one prior, and I created a mind map using a free online collaboration tool. Continue reading “mind mapping our way to food security”
What can we do to develop local food security? As oil prices rise, so do food prices. Continue reading “conversation #7 — brainstorming toward local food security”
Are our food supply chains secure? Are they healthy for the planet, for the creatures and for us? If not, what can our community do to improve the situation? Continue reading “conversation #6—all about food”
It’s not easy being a Wall Street bull these days—especially with these Occupy clowns and their comic twist on the old spectacle.
Back in Idyllwild this week, Zora taught the members of the local Occupy movement one of the chants we learned in New York City. Video by John Drake.
This is the best video I’ve seen on Occupy Wall Street’s General Assembly and the consensus process. Well worth checking out if you’re interested in learning more about the deep work going on to encourage direct democracy at the various occupations.
A quickie video for our homies. Several participants missed this at last week’s meeting, so I’m posting it here. In the midst of a gigantic crowd of demonstrators at New York City’s City Hall, we met a fellow who used to attend the Strawberry Creek Music Festivals. He gave a shout-out to Idyllwild residents, as did Rob and Justine whom you might recall from an earlier video. We also met with former Idyllwild resident Steven Morrison who expressed feelings of longing for his old home here on the hill.
At last week’s meeting all participants arrived at a consensus that we should further explore the subject of capitalism at our next meeting on Wed. Nov 2. The following questions arose:
- Who are the so-called 1%?
- What is capitalism, and how might we ascertain its viability as we move forward?
- What resources do people recommend to better understand capitalism and its effects on our world? Continue reading “conversation #5—inquiry into capitalism”
Bill Moyers delivered a stirring keynote on the capture of our political system by the ultra-rich last night in Washington, at a gala honoring the fortieth anniversary of Ralph Nader’s advocacy group Public Citizen. Moyers urged people to have clarity about what has happened to American politics, and to engage in dedicated citizen action to combat it. His remarks are worth quoting at length: Continue reading “Bill Moyers on ‘Democratic Decency Defined Downward’”
We met Pat Walsh at Occupy Wall Street’s info booth. She really gave us an earful, recounting her experiences as a nurse in the Vietnam War and explaining why she traveled from her home in Colorado all the way to NYC’s Liberty Square to contribute to the OWS cause. Thanks for your compassion and commitment, Pat. And for sharing some of your story with us! Continue reading “from vietnam to wall street”
As Zora and I were rolling home across the Great Plains states on Saturday, the Occupy Wall Street movement exploded in 1500 cities in more than 80 countries around the planet in a global “Day of Rage.” Check out this photo essay in The Atlantic to get a sense of the growth of this movement. Continue reading “from times square to madrid and beyond”
We ran into Naomi Klein at Liberty Square and asked if we could interview her. “After the march!” she called out. But after finding ourselves part of a slow-moving mass of 42,000 humans, we barely found time to get to Penn Station for our scheduled train trip to Washington, DC. Fortunately, this brief interview with Ms. Klein offers some nice insights into what makes this movement so compelling. And she offers some advice regarding the importance of making the most of this critical moment.
What are the occupation’s demands? Many folks we spoke with explained that making demands is ultimately disempowering because it gives the other side the power to address or ignore them as they see fit. In lieu of demands, the Occupy Wall Street folks put forth this first collective statement. Keep in mind that different occupations will most likely produce different declarations as each of the local movements is place-based, addressing needs specific to that region. Consensus will unfold organically over time.
For the past week, Zoraborealis and I have witnessed the emergence of the occupation movements in Chicago, New York and Washington, DC. We’ve marched amidst tens of thousands of people from diverse backgrounds, all united in a common goal: to transform our economic and political systems so that they better address the needs of the earth and its inhabitants. Continue reading “a movement for our times”
This was shot and edited on board an Amtrak train speeding eastbound from California. Enjoy! Continue reading “railing towards wall street”