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

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Crowds gather, businesses shutter for Occupy Oakland general strike

Click here to access article by Cecily Burt, Kristin Bender, Sean Maher, Thomas Peele of the Oakland Tribune. (I normally cite the original sources, but can' t locate this at the Oakland Tribune site--may be due to the strike. The Mercury News is located in nearby San Jose, California.) 
Today's planned strike will be the first of its kind since in Oakland since 1946, and it could potentially turn out to be the biggest demonstration in the East Bay since the Vietnam War.
The demonstration aims to shut down the city by targeting banks, corporations and the Port of Oakland in solidarity with worldwide Occupy movement that decries the economic wealth of the very rich 1 percent while 99 percent of the population struggles to find jobs and pay the bills. 
For more current details of what is happening in Oakland, I recommend this link.