conversation #5—inquiry into capitalism

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:

from vietnam to wall street

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”

“the stakes are too high for us not to make the absolute most of this moment.”

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.

keith olbermann reads the first collective statement of occupy wall street

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.

a movement for our times

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”