It was a busy, irresponsible summer full of visiting and hiking and revisions. But not much in the way of blogging. I’m not apologizing, I’m bragging. Just to be clear. There may or may not be in increase in posting now that the weather may or may not be getting less cooperative. Then again, there’s hockey to play.
Today, however, I came across the following - a creative, subversive, beautiful, and heart-breaking response to media complaints that the
Occupy Wall Street movement has not stated specific goals. That they are just protesting, willy-nilly and all, and don’t have enough direction to their dissent. How dare they not have a published set of reasons! How dare they not have made a list!
This is their response, as copied and pasted from wilderside.wordpress.com:
On September 21st, 2011, Troy Davis, an innocent man, was murdered by the state of
. Troy Georgia was one of the 99 percent. Davis
Ending capital punishment is our one demand.
On September 21st, 2011, four of our members were arrested on baseless charges.
Ending police intimidation is our one demand.
On September 21st, 2011, the richest 400 Americans owned more than half of the country’s population.
Ending wealth inequality is our one demand.
On September 21st, 2011, we determined that Yahoo lied about occupywallst.org being in spam filters.
Ending corporate censorship is our one demand.
On September 21st, 2011, roughly eighty percent of Americans thought the country was on the wrong track.
Ending the modern gilded age is our one demand.
On September 21st, 2011, roughly 15% of Americans approved of the job Congress was doing.
Ending political corruption is our one demand.
On September 21st, 2011, roughly one sixth of Americans did not have work.
Ending joblessness is our one demand.
On September 21st, 2011, roughly one sixth of
lived in poverty. America
Ending poverty is our one demand.
On September 21st, 2011, roughly fifty million Americans were without health insurance.
Ending health-profiteering is our one demand.
On September 21st, 2011,
had military bases in around one hundred and thirty out of one hundred and sixty-five countries. America
Ending American imperialism is our one demand.
On September 21st, 2011,
was at war with the world. America
Ending war is our one demand.
On September 21st, 2011, we stood in solidarity with
Madrid, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Madison, Toronto, London, Athens, Sydney, Stuttgart, Tokyo, Milan, Amsterdam, Algiers, Tel Aviv, Portland and . Soon we will stand with Chicago Phoenix, Montreal, Cleveland and . We’re still here. We are growing. We intend to stay until we see movements toward real change in our country and the world. Atlanta
You have fought all the wars. You have worked for all the bosses. You have wandered over all the countries. Have you harvested the fruits of your labors, the price of your victories? Does the past comfort you? Does the present smile on you? Does the future promise you anything? Have you found a piece of land where you can live like a human being and die like a human being? On these questions, on this argument, and on this theme, the struggle for existence, the people will speak. Join us.
We speak as one. All of our decisions, from our choice to march on Wall Street to our decision to continue occupying
Liberty Square, were decided through a consensus based process by the group, for the group.
I shared it on FB and Twitter, but I thought it was worth sharing here. Not because more people will read it here than might follow the links there (more crickets read the NYT than my blog has readers, and I'm okay with that), but rather because I wanted there to be a record, for me if nobody else, that I agree with this existential manifesto of the moment. With my whole heart.
If I had only one demand, this one would (mostly) suffice.