Hold on to your hats, folks — here we go again.
NEW YORK — In celebration of their three-month anniversary, Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York City are gearing up for Occupation 2.0, an attempt to occupy a small piece of unused land that is owned by the Trinity Church in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood. If all goes according to plan, the second occupation would begin this Saturday, Dec. 17th.
“We want to set the religious community on fire about this very question: are you interested in social justice? Because this is a prime opportunity,” said Ronnie Nunez, 24, a member of the OWS outreach working group. He handed out fliers with slogans such as “We ask you on December 17th to assemble once more” and “Noon Begins Occupation 2.0.”
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I’m looking into my crystal ball and seeing a lot more of this to come… –ed
Two giants of activism, and men of the Cloth, have given their blessings, figuratively and literally, to the Occupy movement as a whole: Reverend Jesse Jackson and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Being one of the last worthwhile broadsheets left, The Guardian reports that Jesse Jackson visited Occupy London protestors outside of St. Paul’s Catherdral:
“There is something powerful about this demonstration here at St Paul’s. You represent Jesus standing outside the temple,” Jackson told a cheering crowd in a brief but wide-ranging address that took in the meaning of Christmas, deaths in police custody and even the wider meaning of Premier League football.
[...]The Occupy movement, which began in Spain before gaining prominence in the US and then moving to other countries, was “a global spirit, which is now sweeping the nation and the world, fighting for justice for all of God’s children”, he said.
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Another op-ed from an OWS supporter, and this one comes with a little extra moral authority on it. Father Tom Ehrich takes a look at Black Friday fallout and the economical and society implications thereof:
Now that the financial industry and major corporations have successfully lobbied Congress to make more people poor and to keep them that way, they are discovering the downside of unbridled greed: people are too broke to buy their products.
Heavy discounts were necessary to stimulate sales on Black Friday — a stimulus that lost steam as the big shopping weekend proceeded. Now further discounts will be required. That bodes ill for retailers, as well as for their suppliers.
It’s one thing to own Congress, but it’s something else when consumers refuse to buy. They’re staying home, maybe shopping online; they’re not investing, not saving, not selling their houses, not feeling confident about their own jobs.
[...] What did they think would happen? If no one wins except a very few, the economy stalls. With all the incremental wealth in a few pockets, who is left to buy $200,000 houses or $20,000 Chevrolets or even $200 lawn mowers?“
It’s a short, punchy, and extremely well-written piece that deserves more attention. Take a look at the whole article here.
Well, this is coming from a pretty high authority! Thomas Reese reports via NPR:
The Vatican released a document on the world economy on Monday that will cause heartburn in the Tea Party, but will be cheered by the folks occupying Wall Street.
[...] In [a released] encyclical, the pope decried “corruption and illegality” among economic and political elites in both rich and poor countries. He told financiers they must rediscover the ethical foundation of their activity and stop abusing savers. He wants a radical rethinking of economics so that it is guided not simply by profits but by “an ethics which is people-centered.”
Benedict notes that economic “inequalities are on the increase” across the globe. He does not accept the trickle-down theory, which says that all boats will rise with the economic tide. Benedict condemns the “scandal of glaring inequalities” and sees a role for government in the redistribution of wealth.”
The story first broke on NPR’s seminal news program, “All Things Considered.” The full recording and text can be found here.