Lexie Link Love
The "I am the 99%" Edition:
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. ~Gandhi
I have to admit, when Occupy Wall Street first started, I thought the lack of media attention was because it was so small. No one seemed to be talking about it, over here in Jersey, whereas the UN being in session was getting a lot of attention.
Then our Rabbi gave a talk on Rosh Hashanah about the tent protest in Israel, which we had not heard one word about. Not one a single word. It is being compared to the Arab Spring and we've only begun hearing about it now, after it started in July.
So, then I started thinking. Maybe there is something to the Occupy Wall Street protests. And sure enough, this week, the movement seems to be rolling.
I started seeing more links (and not just the "they're ignoring us" links).
Many people joined the movement in solidarity, via the internet.
Bloggers I read started writing about the movement and joining in: Autism's Edges was able to join the protest in Manhattan. Teacher Tom wrote an amazingly savvy piece on the movement, putting it in historical perspective and also bringing it home in terms of how much it matters.
And the media is paying attention now. Celebrities are lending their voices (an amusing but necessary part of any cause in the United States).
And they're fighting us.
And we're fighting back. Peacefully (but dressed as zombies).
Here is a link to a lot more links.
These are still the early days of the protest. Three weeks in, the ball is rolling and I believe there is change in the air:
Come gather 'round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'.
~ Bob Dylan
Let's start swimming, people.