Just think of it. The Occupy Movement has given the world a great amazing and unique gift. Just yesterday, I had a conversation with a fellow occupier about how just one picture of tents in Zuccotti Park or on the lawn of L.A. City Hall was a beautiful thing showing the world that people can assemble to address their grievances as guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution. As we all know, there were probably millions of pictures, videos, and various visuals from the first phase of Occupy between September and December.
Check out another Occupy Movement protest song called "Very Happy Song" from "This Way Up" which is the second solo album by artist/songwriter Brian Ray who is also guitarist and bassist and has just finished a tour with Paul McCartney who he has played with since 2002. The video features a lot of scenes from Occupy Wall Street and even a clip from the speech in the classic film with Charile Chaplin called 'The Great Dictator.'
Author/Educator/Activist/Media personality Dr. Cornell West speaks to All Saints Church in Pasadena on December 18th and shares his passion and wit on subjects such as economic and social justice, inspiring artists, educators, and activists throughout history and his life, and the ecumenical importance of the Occupy Movement. He also endorses Occupy the Rose Parade and gives us some great advice.
Here is a dynamic quote that I have to share with you all.
As the subject of the Occupy movement comes up more and more in conversations, I often hear apparently well-intentioned yet seemingly self-righteous comments from employed people that claim that they work hard for what they earn while those protestors are just lazy and need to get a job (or two).
At this time of the year which traditionally starts with Black Friday, the day after another holiday called Thanksgiving, of course the marketplace is bombarded with the hype of mass consumerism. We hear and see stories of customer frenzy over big price deals with the expectation for a big season of big profits for many of the big corporations.
The movement is already moving forward after last Wednesday morning's peaceful raid with more marches and continued dialogue to make the profoundly successful message even clearer and more viral to many more receptive eyes, ears, minds and hearts.
Here are some links that can be quickly spread throughout the Internet to raise awareness and help to answer some people's questions at the same time.
Sunday night November 27th was originally scheduled as the night of eviction for occupiers at City Hall, but instead turned into a place of celebration with visits by Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic ("Born on the Fourth of July"), Michael Beckwith, the dynamic leader of the world renowned Agape International Spiritual Center in Culver City, and his wife and music director Rickie Byars-Beckwith. Beckwith is one of the spiritual teachers featured in 'The Secret' book series which was first popularized by Oprah Winfrey's book club and also became a movie.
For more than two months now in the United States and even longer globally with protests in Egypt and Spain, for instance, a lot of attention has obviously been given to the movement to raise awareness of economic injustice.