A democratic fever is breaking out in United States of America, most notably on Wall Street. And while religious leaders have played a minor role in the Occupy movement, there is something deeply spiritual if not religious taking place.
So many of these protests continue to be overlooked. How many of you saw the coverage of the Occupy Sesame Street march? To keep you one step ahead of the lazy media, here are five under-reported "Occupy ____ Street" protests.
You have awakened the sleeping giant, too long dormant, but ever present, deep in the American democratic spirit. You have given voice and space to the unspoken feelings of countless others about something that has gone terribly wrong in our society.
We don't need concrete demands to sympathize with the frustration and anger that Americans feel. The Occupy Wall Street movement is the grassroots activism we need to pay attention to -- and it is the start of action.
This understandable lack of faith in our government and its leaders has ravaged not only our democratic process, but ultimately undermines our sense of national unity -- what we stand for and what we are capable of. It is not just politics.
Strolling around Seattle my wife and I happened upon the Occupy Seattle protest in West Lake park as the cops were just about to bust it up. There was a tense stand off as the police stood firmly in a circle around 8 young men seated around a tent with their arms interlocked.
The fact that Occupy Wall Street lacks a coherent set of policy goals misses the point. Theirs is not a movement seeking to enact specific pieces of legislation. Occupy Wall Street isn't even really about Wall Street itself.