So I usually blog over here. In my time, my blog had a pretty big following, got profiled in the New York Times, got me a book deal, a few Bloggie nomination and a LOT of hate mail. I consider the hate mail the pinnacle of my success.
So anyhows, I'm over here now, writing bullshit for the cause, because I truly believe in this. I also believe the Occupy movement is hinging on a crucial moment right now. We're gaining support, people are camping out, the nightly General Assemblies are truly impressive examples of democracy and power to the people, the crazies and zealots are finding that they have to pass everything by the people, which means majority rule usually prevents them from setting fire to any meat eaters or cop-lovers.
But we're at a point where we need to expand and grow and become a conscious movement before we take any direct, disruptive action. We need to ensure that people see us as fully representative of the 99%. And right now, as New York grows, there is apathy in LA. Yes, we are growing in numbers every day. People smile at us, honk their horns, and drive past. They have jobs, so maybe they don't feel the urgency so much. Isn't this a movement for the unemployed? Yes, they don't like the corporations, they probably don't like how the country is run or the corruption inherent in every aspect of our lives as Americans - but that honk and wave is their contribution.
That's great. But I think we need a little more than a honk and a wave. We need you to get involved.
I'm going to try and profile the faces and voices of this movement on this blog, in order to show how representative and diverse the Occupiers are. If you walk past, and feel shy - put out your hand. If you think the occupiers are a bunch of white anarchist trustafarians - hell, I did! - come on down. Discover who we really are: different ages, races, backgrounds, incomes, educations. Have a coffee. Eat some (vegan) soup. Chat to people. Stay for the General Assembly.
You seriously can't get down to City Hall? OK -
There are a number of things our lovely armchair supporters can do at home.
1. Tweet, facebook and email links to everyone you know in order to get the message across. Keep up to date on the movement by reading our social networking sites, watching the livestream and The Guardian has pretty good coverage.
2. Donate food, money, clothes, tents, sleeping bags. All financial donations are fully transparent - there should be a page up in the next few days making this apparent.
3. Avoid big corporations. Skip Wholefoods and make it to the Farmers Market, or join a CSA. Fuck Starbucks and make your coffee at home. It's also going to be better for your purse and your soul. Support local communities and business as much as possible.
4. Quit your bank, and join a credit union. I'm with Chase. I'm also British, so I'm going to have to dig around to find a credit union that will take me. These banks have stung us for long enough. Now they're talking about introducing a monthly five dollar charge simply for having a debit card. Leave them. Someone mentioned a day of action where we all leave our banks and join credit unions. That would be an incredibly powerful statement, if it can be co-ordinated.
5. Keep educated - so when someone says, "I don't get it. What are they doing? Who's the 99%? What do they want?" You can answer them.
We are the 99%. We are standing together in solidarity against the richest 1% who rule our government, who receive enormous financial bailouts while Americans lose their jobs, homes, savings and healthcare, who represent greed and corruption on an unprecedented scale. We stand for the people, for financial transparency, for equality, for our children's futures. We are a movement of consciousness, and we operate through peaceful means.
Anyone else have any ideas on how armchair supporters can get involved?