If you’re reading this, you have some sympathy for the Occupy movement. You might not agree with everything it’s done and that would make you just like everyone else in the movement. You might feel that you personally have done what you can. There’s an amazing opportunity coming up this coming weekend to remind the world why there was an Occupy movement in the first place. Please consider joining us in person if you can or signing a letter of solidarity if you are not able to be in New York or at one of the many other events.
As you know, on September 15-17th in New York City, OWS is organizing three days of education, celebration and resistance to economic injustice with a full slate of permitted convergences, family friendly assemblies, a big concert, and mass civil disobedience on that Monday in the heart of the financial district. The evolving schedule as well as detailed information can be found at s17nyc.org. Outside New York, there are events all over the country and indeed the world. There’s always space for more: a speak-out in a park or outside on a college campus, an Occupy Rosh Hashanah event, whatever.
Time is short and it’s a busy time of year. So if these options are not open, please consider signing the letter of solidarity with Occupy from artists and intellectuals. Here’s an excerpt from the letter that’s already been signed by a crowd of people ranging from the “big names” of Butler, Rancière, Zizek and West to those artists, academics, writers and members of the New Academic Majority who do day-to-day work in Occupy and for S17: Andrew Ross, Pamela Brown, Astra Taylor, Yates McKee, and many others.
Here’s the letter:
It’s time for those who are privileged enough to think and write and create and teach for a living—particularly those of us with full-time faculty positions or secure careers—to step up and be counted. We have earned academic and cultural capital from espousing radical positions. Now is the time to lend our support in visible ways to the commitment shown by the Occupy movement and to help it grow and evolve.
The letter gives you a list of things you can do over the weekend and beyond, if you want to get involved whether it’s for the first time or once again. You can donate some money if you’re so minded, any contribution would be fabulously useful.
But what would be really great would be if everyone would post the link: