Note: The below blog post was written by Lucy Duncan, but with contributions and editorial support by Gabriela Flora, Jenn Piper, and M'Annette Ruddell.
“That invisibility to which I refer occurs because of a peculiar disposition of the eyes of those with whom I come in contact. A matter of the construction of their inner eyes, those eyes with which they look through their physical eyes upon reality.” – Ralph Ellison
Note: This guest blog post by David Hartsough and Wade Lee Hudson references Martin Luther King, Jr.'s nonviolence pledge as an inspiration for the Occupy Be the Change pledge. Quakers and others are invited to sign the pledge and participate in creating actions which arise from the sense that nonviolence is a pathway to obstructing systems of domination and creating a just world. - Lucy
I’ve seen many minutes from monthly and yearly meetings and other Quaker bodies on the Occupy movement go by posted on Facebook. It seems to me it would be great to have a place to post all of them, and to that end here is a spot for all Quaker minutes on the Occupy movement to be posted. I found this one from Britain Yearly Meeting to start this off, but if you know of others or helped to write one, please post here.
Note: Kathleen Wooten of Lawrence (MA) Monthly Meeting has served as a protest chaplain at the Occupy Boston site. In a guest post she shares here reflections on this movement's connection to an earlier struggle for economic justice, the "Bread and Roses" Textile Strike of 1912.
by Kathleen Wooten
Returning home from Occupy Boston in the late hours of the evening, I pass the imposing smokestacks of the old textile mills of Lawrence, MA. They remind me of the history of this place. My own monthly meeting has worshipped here since 1899.
Below is a press release written and endorsed by the Occupy Philadelphia Interfaith Working Group. It calls for consideration of a 'third way' in ending the dispute between the city and Occupy Philadelphia about whether to move the encampment. In Peace, Lucy
Occupy Philadelphia Interfaith Working Group Calls for Creative, Non-Violent Response
Note: This guest blog post by Angelina Conti remembers another time when a nonviolent peace encampment was used as a tool for protest.
by Angelina Conti
When the Occupy Wall Street movement began in Zuccotti Park in September, I was surprised to find myself thinking about the Bonus Army and a lesson half remembered from a high school history class … something about veterans occupying the capitol, General MacArthur, and a fire.
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