Comment of the Day #2
From NYC street activist Reverend Billy, a beautiful "Memo to Wall Street":
To the people who keep insisting that these young people don't have specific demands, hear this. There is nothing more specific and vivid than reclaiming public space. We've learned that the revolution won't be computerized, no, ultimately we have to do what all those who make change must do: and that is commit your body and soul. Be vulnerable. Go to the public square and let the cops stare at you and wait for your friends to get out of jail and march again, and then march again. Embodied change is real. Use the pixels for directions, or to say hello to friends, but don't let some on-line petition persuade you that you're "saving time."
There is nothing more specific and articulate than actual living - living in the shadow of the 80 story behemoths with the trillion dollar budgets. Since the big banks have no democratic process, living near their offices is the most specific of all choices. Living life - with friends and family, with food and exercise and culture - is what the investment banks destroy with their secretive mathematics.
They are simply not answerable to ordinary living, and the citizens around the world who defend themselves against their big dams or extractive mining or industrial toxins - are called "pushback" or "protesters" by the commercial press. Living human beings, who talk and sing and get up and stretch, in the windows of the offices of the bankers - could not be more specific. Life - the living of ordinary lives everyday - is very much the point.
We will live in the view of your corner office. We will live in your conscience. We will live in your lobby. We will live in your elevator. And when we get to your floor we won't wait in your waiting room... We will enter your office. Don't shoot us. We want to live with you.