Active in the Occupy movement for the past two weeks, there are three specific questions that I have been asked more times than I can count…
1. Q: Why are you there?
A: Because I care about humanity. I care about my neighbors, the environment, social and economic justice. I blogged about Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya and Peak Oil. I’ve tweeted for months that the world is changing. There is no way that I would watch #OccupyLA get 2 minutes of coverage on the evening news, when I could hop on the blue line and pitch a tent on the lawn at L.A.’s City Hall (Now @OccupyLongBeach)
2. Q: What is the Occupy Movement?
A: The Occupy Movement is the change that is happening in our world. It started in Northern Africa and the dominos have reached our great country. It is no longer okay for the masses to be controlled by commercials. It is no longer okay for my neighbors to get evicted, while their banks make record profits. We want social and economic justice and we will not go home until we get it.
3. Q. What can/are you doing about it?
A: The news will only show you that we yell and get arrested. They will not tell you that we are using a proven format of taking back control of the government. It was written decades ago and published out of the Albert Einstein Institution. It is called “Dictatorship to Democracy.” It was written by Gene Sharp. You can download the pdf for free right here: http://www.aeinstein.org/organizations/org/FDTD.pdf
What you might not know is that we meet in local General Assemblies every day. We use consensus to make group decisions. If one person is uncomfortable with the decision we do not move forward until their concerns are appropriately addressed. It takes time and effort. But we are taking that time and effort. We act and move in peace and solidarity. We will drop no bombs and use no weapons. We will move over and around the mainstream media. We will change this world.
Your local movement broadcasts live 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on a ustream channel. You can watch it from the couch, or you can be an active participant in that change.
WE WANT YOU AT OUR GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETINGS. HELP US MOLD THIS WORLD.
Find your local Occupy Movement here: http://www.occupytogether.org/actions/
Or you can just ask me,
Lee Stone – @leest1 – facebook.com/sonstone