Rev. Jeremy's Invitation
After Rev. Jeremy Nickel was arrested at Occupy Oakland, he blogged about it, ending with, “many people remain on the sidelines, and for this to succeed it is essential that this changes. I think one thing that has kept many people from getting involved is that they are not sure what this movement is, what it stands for, and where it is going. From my personal experience, this cannot be explained, only experienced. This movement is open source. It is freely available to any who wish to engage with it. But you must take the first step.
"I know so many of us have been disenfranchised. We believe even our right to vote for those that represent us is meaningless. Well, Occupy is the antidote to that feeling of impotence. Here is your platform. It is the General Assembly near you. Unlike most things in modern American life, it cannot be consumed from the comfort of your couch. It will not come sterilized and pre-packaged like the meat you buy in the grocery store. It is not safe, and neutered and stripped of meaning like a sound bite on TV. It is real and raw and very much still being formed and focused. And it desperately needs your voice.
"Please go to a General Assembly near you and hear and see for yourself, I promise you will be transformed by your efforts.”
On the day when Mayor Bloomberg, et al, evicted the original Occupy Wall Street group, this has particular relevance. The eviction will probably backfire on Hizzoner, as it energizes still more people. You cannot evict an idea. We are everywhere. We are the 99%
(original post, with links, at So May We Be)