Occupy: Halloween highlights

October 31, 2011
One of the most inspiring things about the Occupy Wall Street movement is the outpouring of participation in citizen democracy it has engendered.
Here are a couple of excellent contributions I’ve encountered, while spending a sick day in bed with the device that Nicholson Baker calls my “rectangle of slip-sliding joy”:
This excellent bit of cyber-activism intended to Keep Wall Street Occupied is not only an amusing prank but an intelligent analysis with good modelling of thinking-through-the-project AND its reminder that there’s no substitute for taking to the streets with your body.
Also, see Keith Boykin’s excellent eyewitness report in Huffington Post on the Top Ten Myths About Occupy Wall Street. Very moving and inspiring is the sign posted in Zuccotti Park listing “Principles of Kingian Nonviolence”:
1. Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.
2. The Beloved Community is the framework for the future.
3. Attack forces of evil not persons doing evil.
4. Accept suffering without retaliation for the sake of the cause to achieve a goal.
5. Avoid internal violence of the spirit as well as external physical violence.
6. The universe is on the side of justice.
“You may retaliate against us with all the forces of hatred, but we will in turn respond with all the forces of love, and we will wear you down.” — Dr. Martin Luther King
Thanks to Craig Weltha for turning me on to both these links, along with Eduardo Porter’s sensible essay in the NY Times Sunday Review.

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