When I think of “the poor”, I don’t think of a bunch of lazy, entitled people trying to scam the system—I think of people who often give so much of themselves that they have nothing left to tend to their basic needs. Most of the families in poverty that I’ve seen (and I’ve seen plenty) will do everything they can to help their loved ones—even if it means sacrificing their own security.
Michelle Gore always looked after her loved ones, whether by cooking meals or by paying for funerals — but then she came up short on rent money.
You arrived in my dream, beside me every night, you were me. We explode to the sea we try to drink the knife empty, no one ever goes off in every way like you do, we got together we weaved our web, tangled in the waves, we’ve expected to see red, we both erupt in colours and carve our names. You keep me aroused, I know you feel the same. You arrived in my dream, beside me every night just you and me, we explode to the sea, we try to drink the knife empty. No one else has a hold over me like you do, you open up the covers, you lure me in, tackle me anxious back into bed where I hope to discover all of her ways. This place is death, I know you feel the same. You arrived in my dream, beside me every night, just you and me, we explode through the sea. We try to drink the knife every way.
If you’ve been following my feed, you know that this movement is important to both my wife and I. We have spent a considerable amount of time getting directly involved in various ways. However, I am a teacher, and she works two jobs to make ends meet. We have not been able to stay Occupy daily, but we have realized there there is a ton we can do.
From my experience, I can tell you that it is people like you and I that are the soul of OWS. The sentiment among Occupiers is that they know that there are people who cannot get there because they are trapped in the mire of financial responsibility imposed by our current system.
This does not means that you can’t do anything, though. There plenty of ways you can get involved without adding to your pile of responsibility:
First, you could donate at occupywallst.org. Money is best, but you can also send supplies; any kind of first aid or medical supplies are in high demand since Bloomberg stole the private property of US Citizens this week.
Second, call your senate and house representatives to let them know that as a constituent you support OWS, and would like them to show that same support by working to repeal Citizens United and amending the Constitution to ensure that protection under the 1st Amendment is granted only and fully to individual citizens and not businesses or corporations. You can get their contact info here: http://whoismyrepresentative.com/
Third, contact the President’s office and let them know that as a citizen, you are appalled that Obama is not intervening to defend the Bill of Rights. He is sitting idly by and letting, just like Kennedy did with the Civil Rights movement, states local government decide when people’s freedom of speech should be protected. You can do that by calling 202-456-1111.
Fourth, you can call King Bloomberg to express your frustration. Not only is he currently reigning in an illegal third term, but he has allowed JP Morgan to recently donate 4.6 million to the NYPD, has hidden behind the veil of the Patriot Act in not allowing the freedom of the press to be upheld by restricting news from reporting on injured protestors but granting full reporting rights for the rare instance when NYPD is injured, has literally stolen the personal possessions of private citizens this week when Liberty Square was raided, ordered his storm troopers to ignore court orders, has in no way admonished the actions of violent officers against peaceful protestors, and has basically wiped his .00001% ass with the Constitution. From NY, you call 311, from outside of NY call 212-NEW-YORK.
Finally, and most importantly, express your feelings and concerns whenever you can in a positive and educational manner. The more people you talk to, and explain the real issues to, the deeper this concept gets ingrained in the American sub conscious. In the two months since the occupation began, the national dialogue has shifted dramatically. That can only happen when people like us are talking about it to those who are less informed.
“And I wonder, when I sing along with you, if everything could ever feel this real forever, if anything could ever be this good again. The only thing I’ll ever ask of you: you’ve got to promise not to stop when I say when…”—
"Everlong", by Foo Fighters
(I don’t think I ever really *got* this song until now)
Folks who have spent any amount of time on internet forums will probably find a kernel of truth in this. It’s frustrating to see how quickly a person is “trolled” into submission for standing up to clear examples of privilege on the internet.
Need an example of what feminists face on the internet? Check out this sample of comments/emails that have been sent to those who stand up against inequality at the “Dear Feminist" tumblr, or visit Feministing.com and check out some of the feminist hate mail they receive.
“8:00 a.m. I have a gay breakfast of cereal with milk, and a good, strong, gay cup of coffee. I am fortified for another day of ruining the fabric of American society.”—From My Gay Lifestyle, a hilarious short article about a gay man daily scheming toward The Gay Agenda. (via themuckofages)
You must know the romantic comedy trope I’m about to reference- Katherine Meg Ryan Aniston is in a puddle of tissues, mascara dribbling down her face in a graceful swan lake. She’s telling the camera or her mother about her latest accomplishment, probably some amazing breakthrough in the world of…