Even before the first of the year, many people have been talking about the future of occupy, occupy 2.0, and the coming of a spring resurgence. The global collective that I started working with even has a website called The Future of Occupy.org.
Whether one marches or camps, occupies foreclosed homes, participates through committee involvement, or just supports the movement through social networking and conversations at the water cooler or in the break room at work, it is important to always remember why we are involved, why we deeply care, and why we occupy.
Brian Knappenberger's new film "We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists" screened as part of the Crawford Family Forum series at the studios of KPCC-FM in Pasadena last night after a discussion session with the film's writer/director as well as Community activist Manuel Criollo and Internet activist Gregg Housh who was featured in the movie. The film has so far received rave reviews at film festivals in Canada and England as well as here in the U.S. including the infamous South By Southwest Music and Film Festival in Austin, Texas.
While many people are preparing for the General Strike, there are also many activists who are forming alliances with like-minded groups and individuals all around the country and world, creating workshops and conferences, producing original video and written content of all kinds, and even organizing sustainable communities complete with farming, time banks, bartering and numerous opportunities for sharing a variety of resources.
Tom Morello formerly of Rage Against the Machine and NOW with singer/songwriter Ben Harper as the Nightwatchmen, has been a familiar face at Occupy Wall Street and L.A. as well as on programs such as the Real World With Bill Maher on HBO.
In this video, before he performs at the So Cal Interoccupy Meetup at MacArthur Park, he interacts with fellow occupiers, stops to listen to artists and occupiers Michelle Shocked and Esteban Gil perform en espanol and then talks to me about the future of Occupy.