“As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power.” -NYC General Assembly, Declaration of the Occupation of New York City
My first interview this morning was in downtown Boston. I got out earlier than I expected, so I walked the few blocks over to the Occupy Boston camp – some seriously cool people who have set up an amazing space that just radiates energy! The first guy who saw me asked if I was there to join them on my lunch break (I guess because of my outfit). I told him that I was just in town job hunting, so I could move there and finish my bachelors. He handed me a cup of tea and said he would pray for me, and for everyone, that we could continue to have opportunities like that to look forward to. He then wished me luck and got back to work setting the communal meal.
The whole exchange took about 30 seconds.
Please, if you live in the Boston area and want to contribute but you can’t “occupy” along with them, check out their list of needs (posted every day) and see if there’s anything you can help out with.