Jamie’s Team Pick:
The Occupy Wall Street movement continues to grow, now reaching out to an even broader audience through these tv commercials. In support, Occupy Writers is a group of authors who have joined together in the continually growing list on Occupywriters.com under the following banner:
Visiting OWS reminds me of Utopian Socialists in the 19th century, Anarchists in the 20th, the alternative consciousness politics of the 1960s– a deeply human, American and global impulse to reach for total transformation. I also think to my own experiences with social revolution: The abortion rights movement, feminism, gay liberation, AIDS activism and my current commitments to the Palestinian queer movement. As someone who has seen, and therefore believes in paradigm shift my instinct is with the sequencing of action that Dr. King talked about in his “Letter From Birmingham Jail” and that was used successfully by ACT UP. First, self-education to be the expert who truly understands the mechanics of how change can be made. Then a proposal for change, rooted in this knowledge, that is doable, winnable and reasonable.
Also, also, also: there’s Eileen Myles.
NO I’M THE POET
NO YOU’RE THE POET
NO HE’S THE POET
NO THEY’RE THE POET
NO SHE’S THE POET
NO THAT’S THE POET
NO THIS IS THE POET
NO I’M THE POET
Rachel Maddow spoke with author Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler) about Occupy Wall Street and his contribution to Occupy Writers in this clip which also includes the brilliance that is the bike powered generators being used at Zuccotti Park for power after having their generators confiscated by the City.
Some of Snicket/Handler’s wisdom:
“Fortune” is a word for having a lot of money and for having a lot of luck, but that does not mean the word has two definitions.
It is not always the job of people shouting outside impressive buildings to solve problems. It is often the job of the people inside, who have paper, pens, desks, and an impressive view.
Historically, a story about people inside impressive buildings ignoring or even taunting people standing outside shouting at them turns out to be a story with an unhappy ending.
Follow @OccupyWriters on Twitter, or submit your own original material.