My nearly 30 years of experience as a social activist in Saskatchewan immediately attracted me to the NPI 10 years ago: I had despaired for years over the deep and irrational divide between NDP party politics and the active social movements which characterized Saskatchewan political culture. The two should have been working together -- at least informally -- yet they existed as two solitudes. The NDP establishment detested social movements (and distrusted the labour movement) as naive and uncontrollable troublemakers because when the NDP was in power they persisted in criticizing the NDP government and making things uncomfortable for the ministers. Roy Romanow once told me he thought social movements were "totally useless."
Veteran filmmaker and Occupy activist Velcrow Ripper has launched a new app designed to inspire a new breed of Occupy protests.
The app is part of the global release of Mr. Ripper's newest documentary Occupy Love, a film that traces the origins of the Occupy Movement and then explores the thematic relationships between the protests against Wall Street with other global movements such as the Arab Spring and the European Summer.
"The real aim of the Occupy protests," says Mr. Ripper, "goes deeper than politics. I believe that what we were showing out there, in a very new way, was the power of communal and expansive connection, as opposed to individual action. Love unites us, just as greed divides us."