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Occupy Together: Not By Bread Alone - Finding the Roses at Occupy Boston

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. 

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Lawrence Textile Mill

Lawrence Textile Mill Smokestack

Lawrence Textile Mill

Friend of a Friend: What do we mean by love?

Participants in the "Friend of a Friend" program at the Maryland Correctional Center reflect on the meaning of love.

Occupy Together: The Prophet and the Castle, part 2

Note: Below is a follow up guest blog post by George Lakey which responds to comments on his initial blog post, The Prophet and the Castle.

by George Lakey

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Where is my Future? at Occupy Philly

Where is my Future? at Occupy Philly

Occupy Together: Press Release from the Interfaith Working Group of Occupy Philly

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

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Speak Love with Power at Occupy Philly

Speak Love with Power at Occupy Philly

Occupy Together: A Legacy of Nonviolent Occupation

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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People before Profit at Occupy Philly

People before Profit at Occupy Philly

Occupy Together: Witness Carefully

Note: This guest post by Paul Lacey reflects on the Occupy movement, its relationship to past movements, and the damage done by Wall Street.  - Lucy

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Choose Love over Fear at Occupy Philly

Choose Love over Fear at Occupy Philly

Occupy Together: Living Humanly

Note: Here is a guest blog post by Cara Curtis, on the living experiment that is the Occupy Together movement.  - Lucy

My hope for the Occupy movement is that we continue to live humanly.  It has taken me a little while, though, to arrive at this articulation.

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Interfaith Tent sponsored by Quakers at Occupy Philly

Interfaith Tent sponsored by Quakers at Occupy Philly

Occupy Together: The Prophet and the Castle

Note: George Lakey wrote this guest post days before Occupy Wall Street began. When I asked him for a submission, he offered this as it has something to say about the potential of the movement.  - Lucy

by George Lakey

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George Lakey with grand daughter at Occupy Philly

George Lakey with his grand daughter at Occupy Philly

Occupy Together: We are All Moses

by Noah Baker Merrill

To prophesy is not to predict, but to seize upon reality in its moment of highest expectation and tension toward the new.
- Thomas Merton, Raids on the Unspeakable

Dear Friends,

"... We are All Moses."

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There is no Way to Peace at Occupy Philly

There is no Way to Peace at Occupy Philly

There is no Way to Peace at Occupy Philly.

Occupy Together: the People’s Mic

"Let the tension between reality and possibility break [our] collective heart open to justice, truth, and love."    - Parker Palmer

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Occupy Philly at City Hall

Occupy Philly at City Hall

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