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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Meme: IOccupyBecause and 7 ways you can too

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During  Thanksgiving week a twitter hashtag popped up entitled #IOccupyBecause. This hashtag has since blossomed into a meme. Traffic for the hashtag itself has slowed down and morphed into #WhyIOccupy; however it can still be seen popping up from time to time. The question is, why do you Occupy? Here is my answer in long-form.

#IOccupyBecasue I believe

(Luke 19:13). The king calls ten of his servants together and gives them each ten minas. Then he instructs them: “Occupy until I return.”

The word occupy in the Greek is pragmateuomai. To busy ones self in trade or banking, to increase or be fruitful.

#IOccupyBecasue I see gross inequity

I was involved in a conversation recently where the subject was a married woman who owned a restaurant and was in deep financial trouble due in part to spouse loss of job and interestingly, a $5 million dollar house they had purchased. Was a house that grand really necessary for two working professionals?  What if they had purchased a $1 million dollar house? $4 million dollars to spare is a lot of dough. That sum might have kept the restaurant open during the financial crisis, saving the jobs of the restaurant employees. The restaurant did re-open according to the teller of the tale but at what cost to the employees?

How many people could have been employed at a modest $40,000 per year and for how long? Answer: 100 people for one year; half that rate? 200 people, $20,000 per year {gross figures, simple math, no taxes on anybody}

What about a college education? According to a USNews website article published in 2010, “The average annual tuition (plus expenses) at a private nonprofit four-year college is about $35,000.” So simple math again, 32 people could receive a four year degree. How many were employed by that restaurant again?  The teller of the tale did not know. The restaurant owner did reopen, eventually and the spouse was again employed at some point. This is an understandable example of inequity, Wall Street corporate and mortgage company bonus scales are beyond description.

#IOccupyBecasue I see brutal suppression of rights

Zuccotti Park, OccupyPortland, Occupy Seattle, OccupyUCDavis, OccupyLA are all examples of law enforcement brutality. Each is linked to coverage, decide for yourself if you have not paid attention to those pesky protesters, yet.

I do not stand on a corner or march, I am usually photographing and of course I write. So, if you are not occupying yourself  or you are wondering what you can do to help restore social justice and create a more equitable society we have the following suggestions:

  1. Find an occupy group in your city, county or state. This link leads to a twitter list of over 200 groups and individuals active in the North American occupy movement: Occupy!cons/occupy
  2. Use the same list or Occupy_USA list to begin making connections to other occupiers.
  3. Donate. Small monthly donations to your local Occupy movement; food, time, gifts-in-kind such as print cards, or paper, hand warmers, hot coffee, pass out flyers, teach a class or basic medical supplies if your local is in jeopardy of a police interaction.
  4. Donate to support independent journalists via wepay.com, more information.
  5. Write, photgraph, video action in your own area
  6. Tweet Occupy today, all day, everyday.” was a tweet which came across OccupyIcons tweetfeed this morning. Re-Tweet occupy news to help amplify and extend the reach of the messages of the Occupy movement locally and nationally. This act of participation is very important, once you get the hang of it . . .
  7. Choose a videographer or a live GA and live tweet what you see happening for the benefit of those who cannot be present.
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Rachel Maddow: Mich Emergency Manager story “the most important & undercovered story of the year” « Blogging for Michigan

Via Scoop.itOccupyGR

Last night, on his MSNBC show, Ed Schulz finished the evening with a piece about the Emergency Manager issue in Michigan. One particularly interesting point made by Rev. Alexander Bullock from the Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church of Highland Park, MI and also of Rainbow Push Detroit was that Emergency Managers can take control of the Clerk’s office when they take over a city. Since the City Clerks run the local elections, that has ominous portent for the future of democracy in our state. During the hand-off from Ed Schultz to Rachel Maddow, it became clear that there was much more to come on the subject of Michigan’s Emergency Managers and indeed there was.
Via bloggingformichigan.com

the DNA of a City

the DNA of a City. by analogmutant caught my attention this morning. The descriptions of a journey in time attached to everyday objects, long abandoned by the owner and forgotten by the rest of us, piqued the anthropologist in me. The poignant reflections of the past reminded me why I study anthropology. Worth the read for anyone who has mucked around in the backyard and discovered a mystery.

Mashable reports blogger hit with whopping civil suit

A significant blow for independent journalists, phototgraphers and videographers; moreover an outrage against those struggling to amass a portfolio worthy of showing to main stream media.  It will be interesting to see if any main stream media come to her defense and shame on any who do not.

Mashable reported today that blogger Crystal Cox is not due any protection in a lawsuit filed by Obsidian Finance Group because she is not “affiliated with any newspaper, magazine, periodical, book, pamphlet, news service, wire service, news or feature syndicate, broadcast station or network, or cable television system.” Read the story, caveat emptor.

Muskegon-based Occupy protesters work to reach, educate general public (video) – MLive.com

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MLive.comMuskegon-based Occupy protesters work to reach, educate general public (video)MLive.comDespite an Occupy Grand Rapids group, Manigold said she chose Occupy The Lakeshore in hopes of helping the movement grow on a more regional basis, with…
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Occupy Grand Rapids will be televised.m4v

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Occupy Grand Rapids utilizes every available community based media resource they can access. A short vid of them on 2 local TV shows in December 2011.
Via www.youtube.com

OccupyOurHomes Action Day: BOA internal memo

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Internal memo from Bank of America to their field offices and field representatives.
Via occupygr.wordpress.com

OccupyOurHomes: BOA

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West Coast port shutdown announcement video

Via Scoop.itOccupyGR

West Coast occupiers call for total shut down of ports along the U.S. west coast from Alaska to SoCal. This video clip is the official call to action.

HISTORIC DAY FOR LABOUR OCCUPY SOLIDARITY…
Via occupygr.wordpress.com

Anonymous – message for Occupy Grand Rapids

Via Scoop.itOccupyGR

++DISCLAIMER++ I do not claim to be part of Anon, simply was asked to post a vid of theirs to youtube. —– Greetings citizens of West Michigan. We are Anon…
Via www.youtube.com

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