Archive for January, 2012
Environmental activist and Sojourners contributor Bill McKibben on OWS
Because they didn’t quickly say “we want this bill passed,” commentators have had to grapple with the actual message of many Occupiers: Our economy is unfair. It gives too much power to corporations, who abuse that power for their own ends. They’ve not just cheated us financially; they’ve cheated us out of our democracy.
Ughh. This article is so typical. Bank CEO “talks some sense” into a strawman OWS person. Most #OWS peopel would see this as just the kind of impasse at which we presently find ourselves.
Now doesn’t that make sense when you “settle down” and realize that we do this for EVERYONE? Yeah. Right.
The Occupy movements around the world often bring to the fore many churches who have quietly been supporting movements of alternative values and confrontations of unjust government economics.
The Occupy LSX camp outside St Paul’s Cathedral has meant that that the church’s relationship with causes of political and economic justice has been front page news in recent months in an unprecedented way. It has lead to a politicised renewal of the phrase What Would Jesus Do?
This is a state of affairs that has been shaking the church awake in other instances, as church bodies who have been writing and talking about justice are now seeing opportunities to be active participants in PEOPLE’s movements. I wish Howard Zinn could have seen this. I wish MLK was seeing this (and perhaps he is; perhaps both of them are). When I look at what MLK was doing when he was assasinated (in Memphis, standing with garbage workers, and working on plans for the Poor People’s Campaign and March on Washington.
I so wish I could be there. Hope someone is streaming.
stand in unity with those suffering economic hardship and inequality in our nation
This “People’s Prayer Breaskfast” is to the “National Parayer Breakfast” as #occupyfaithDC is to what has been communicated by the “go to church on Sunday ” use of the hashtag #occupychurch. A self-absorbed, blow your trumpet before men proclamation of your spirituality which actually is condescending toward the very idea of protest. Those utilizing #occupy tags to seriously integrate the concerns of #OWS movements across the country with a theological stance that confronts us with what God is telling us about justice. We have numerous examples in the Scriptures, if we read them.