Much like my guiding light, Britney, oops, I did it again. I truly, honestly was not going to write any more about Occupy. Nope, I was going to focus on our little town at the edge of the world.
When you are spending more time wondering if the cops are going to tear your camp down, and less time thinking about what you want to do, it's time for a change of perspective.
Cries of "head to the barricades!" have been replaced with "we would like (we would like!)... to make (to make!)... a barricade (excuse me, when do we eat?)" The reality is that great movements are not consensus gigs; they are dictatorships.
It is important for people to understand that most monolithic movements, as they are portrayed by media, supporters and detractors are probably not as all-good or all-bad as they would like us to think they are.
This whole thing began with a few folks wondering if there was going to be any response by the faith community to Bay Area Occupy encampments. It steamrolled into well over 200 people.
What a perfect scheme to represent a protest that's against corporate greed -- branding it with t-shirts that could be sold at Urban Outfitters.
When I visited Occupy SF early this month I wondered what I'd find: a fully formed movement or the typical San Francisco kabuki? On first blush it looked like the latter.
The media is having a field day portraying the Occupy Wall Street protesters as a bunch of "dirty hippies." It's the conservative news outlet's count...
"Yes, it is challenging, crafting a single message with so many voices. But it's like a choir with various harmonic tones. This movement is about creating a broad tent that everyone's issues can fit into."