Angela Davis, legendary black feminist activist, and past leader of the Black Panther&#8217

Angela Davis, legendary black feminist activist, and past leader of the Black Panther’s, spoke to us at Occupy Wall Street last night.  She was on fire, clearly enthused and rejuvenated by the burgeoning Occupy movement.   “You are re-inventing our political universe.  You have renewed our collective passion.  You have reminded us that it is still possible to build vibrant communities of resistance.   You continue to show us your comitment, your dedication,  your collective labour, your refusal to assent to class hierachies, to racial hierachies, to sexual hierachies. We have come together as the 99%.  There are major responsibilites that are linked to your decision to assemble in community.  How can we be together?  How can we be together?  How can we be together in a unity that respects and celebrates the differences among us?  How can we together in a unity that is not simplistic, that is not oppressive, but rather, complex and emanicipatory.  Our unity must be complex and emanicipatory.   In this complex unity, we say yes to life.  We say yes to community.  Yes to happiness. Yes to education. Free education! We say yes to economic and racial and gender and sexual equality. We yes to the imagination!  We say yes creativity.  We say yes to hope. We say yes to the future.”

She talked of her home town, Oakland, and told of the call out on November 2nd for a city wide General Strike in Oakland, in the wake of the wounding of Scott Olson and  police brutality.  ”A general strike!” she said, echoing through the human microphone, “This is revolutionary!”

Occupy the Snowstorm!  Yesterday was day 43 of Occupy Wall Street, and we were hit by a freak sn

Occupy the Snowstorm!  Yesterday was day 43 of Occupy Wall Street, and we were hit by a freak snow storm.  As is “the new normal” in this era of rapid climate change, record breaking extreme weather and storms are happening everywhere.   It was particularily unusual to have a huge snowstorm like this while trees were still in full leaf, causing serious power outages affecting 1.8 million people, according to the New York Times.   At Occupy Wall Street, it also offered a taste of the challenges ahead when a more lasting winter weather settles.  Spirits were strong with the people I interviewed, and the love was alive.  There is some question as to how long we can stay, especially as conditions worsen.   There are those that hope the movement will simply disappear.  Not likely.  Yes, no doubt we will contract, but let’s use the coming changing season to go deeper, plant our roots and then burst up with the spring sun, and take this movement even further.  Indications that we are in for the long run include a planned gathering of Occupy Together movements from all the different cities on July 6th, 2012.    There will be some hardy souls who keep on camping through the winter. For those of us who just can’t do that, keep coming down, bring hot chocolate, music, and winter fun.  Check out one of the Occupy Winter facebook pages for ideas of how you can help.    We are just beginning. The time is now. Stay warm and stay strong!