Activist and filmmaker Velcrow Ripper with his thoughts on the growing Occupy movement -- as someone who had been with Occupy Wall Street from the very first day. He took part in Occupy Saskatoon on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011... the day the movement spread to Canada and beyond.
I wish I could start with the ritual "I love you" which the Occupy Movement is supposed to inspire. To be honest, it has been a space of turmoil. But also, virulent optimism.
When students take to the streets of Paris or London today, it is no longer to bring about a better world, but to defend what they can of the world their parents took for granted.
- Dougald Hine, 'Remember the Future?', Dark Mountain II
If someone has compiled an Occupy Wall Street reading list, investigative journalist Matt Taibbi's book Griftopia is surely on it. Taibbi argues:
"The financial leaders of America and their political servants have seemingly reached the cynical conclusion that our society is not worth saving and have taken on a new mission that involves not creating wealth for all, but simply absconding with whatever wealth remains in our hollowed-out economy."
I am white, middle class, educated, and, by all accounts, an extremely fortunate woman.
I live in Canada where my parents' (sometimes life-threatening) health issues are covered by a provincial medical plan.
My water and air are clean, and food is plentiful.
My husband and I are employed.
I am not desperate, but I am angry; I am not sick, but I am sickened.
I know I will never be able to own a house in my home city without winning the lottery, or paying on a mortgage until I am 70.
I know that in our society I am "overeducated" and, as a contract university instructor/researcher, will always be underpaid when compared to other professionals.