general strike–creatively

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The Occupy movement is calling for a General Strike: “no work no school no housework no shopping” on May 1, 2012. Natasha Lennard suggests that there are many ways to participate, even if you must work or go to school, etc., that day. Beyond the usual recommendations (MayDayNYC‘s “If you can’t strike call in sick. If you can’t call in sick hold a slow down.”), Lennard offers two basic goals: do not support the oligarchy, and express ~read more~

grateful for democracy

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This Thanksgiving, I am grateful for democracy. In all its inefficiency, it still represents the idea that human beings are noble enough to govern themselves.

This is unlike Michigan’s Public Act Four, which grants to an appointed (read: unelected) Emergency Manager the power to “terminate 1 or more terms and conditions of an existing collective bargaining agreement…[and] make, approve, or disapprove any appropriation, contract, expenditure, or loan, the creation of any new position.” In Michigan, an Emergency ~read more~

Rev. Jeremy’s Invitation

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After Rev. Jeremy Nickel was arrested at Occupy Oakland, he blogged about it, ending with, “many people remain on the sidelines, and for this to succeed it is essential that this changes. I think one thing that has kept many people from getting involved is that they are not sure what this movement is, what it stands for, and where it is going. From my personal experience, this cannot be explained, only experienced. This movement is ~read more~

Occupy Gary

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1. What were your intial thoughts about Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Gary?

As OWS continues to pick up momentum, I am more and more optimistic that we can make a real impact on the culture of our nation and our world. It is equally important to Occupy our local areas, like Gary, to keep the spotlight on economic inequalities at every level. If the Occupy movement can be successful at engaging the racial component of ~read more~

Ownership and Forgiveness

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Service celebrated at the First Unitarian Church of Hobart, Indiana, on 09 October, 2011; by Rev. Chip Roush

OPENING WORDS
Ten and a half days ago, at sundown on September 28th, many of our Jewish friends celebrated the beginning of the year 5772. Rosh Hashanah—literally, the “head of the year”—is the first day of the year, and therefore it is the anniversary of the creation of the world. On Rosh Hashanah, some believe, God opens the Book of ~read more~

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