We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Monday, February 22, 2010

No Games glamour in Vancouver's Tent City

There is another side of the city that hosts the Olympics that your corporate media ignores. These are capitalism's disposable people in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Many are First Nations people that the Olympics used as an emblem in their opening ceremonies. See also this 6:40m video.