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Please help coach Occupy Chicago by posting on OccupyChi.org (my 1st post)


By Un-Registered - Posted on 09 October 2011

Richard J MillerRichard J Miller

Meet Some "Just People" of Occupy Chicago

Both business, government and even our monitory systems are in the habit of accounting for income and expenses at different times than they are actually received or expended.  In the context of trust and public responsibility this practice could be useful and give flexibility in times of stress.  But apparently leveraging and postponing can get way out of hand, and trust and responsibility can get so eroded that the whole economic/governmental structure becomes extremely unstable.   Now it seems that this mistrust and malfeasance could conceivably plunge the whole world into a liquidity crisis and mega depression.

If we stay away from blaming and extreme positioning, and take a calm look at the trends, I believe that almost everyone has to admit that much of our believed in economic theory does not work for its intended purpose.  Isn't the sharing of that realization the only way we are going to gather the 99%?  Let's face it, even if we get 22% or 11% we will have a huge voice, and all these injustices that I think are surely evidence of broken institutions and flawed theories will be forced onto the platform in 2012.

How can we invent new ad hoc theories that even our best universities haven't been able to come up with?  We need a national open dialogue.  And sure, certain issues can be tackled too, but that can't be the first priority.  No matter what is done on individual issues, it won't be a quick fix.  Then there will be a backlash, and all of our progress will be undone.  That must be inevitable if all we are about is "against something".

I believe that every radical issue that we adopt now, no matter what the level of obvious injustice, will only serve to disperse the 99% and deflate this beautiful initiative before meaningful dialogues are the norm.  People have to have issues and slogans to motivate participation.  Let's talk of participation because of the momentus opportunity this can be to restructure our society. 

Who in the world can restructure and de-stratify society better than us, the people of Chicago and the vibrant and educated population of America?  We right here can create the brotherhood that the whole world has only dreamed of.  We have been educated for our whole lives in these principles, even if they weren't equitably applied as we grew up, we know what we want.

If we believe that anger and outrage are the most potent tools we will wear ourselves out and alienate many millions that are home praying that we make some right moves and prove our love, concern and tolerance for all of our brothers and sisters.  If we handle these early stages right and proceed with some equanimity our numbers will swell to get some very important jobs done.  You who are out on the front line must be acknowleged for how important your contribution is.  Let's handle ourselves such that we can impress our families and even convince our parents that this movement is honorable and that we will create the first truly just society that includes every citizen.

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When looking at how an individual human "works", each morning I awake with a certain energy that arises in my body and being. That energy is dependent on my belief that the present situation has many positive possibilities, (then I am enthusiastic), or that there is no possibility for me, in which case I am depressed, resigned, and not motivated to participate nor involve.

This comes the challenge in an important social movement like OCCUPY. We have a certain energy and a certain enthusiasm. We must continually keep an eye on the story we tell ourselves and others, to keep our motivation high. Even if we have no clue how this will all play out, we know it is right, and we know collective energy is effective.

In addition to the arising of a certain amount of energy, we have some say in where that energy is focused. In an economic system and in a society that is far from perfect, a certain amount of injustices are committed every day. They are systemic oversights. Each one of these creates an issue that we might want to give this energy to. The powers that be, those that benefit most from the status quo, want to force an issue or make us adopt a "sound bite". Please don't be carried away by that temptation. When the system as a whole will be finally righted, all issues will also be automatically addressed. Quickly coming to issues is a strategy to deflate any movement.

So we have to watch the main story that we are telling ourselves and not over rely on issues to create that story. What is the nature of that story then? I would say it has to be solidarity, plain and simple. We know what is existential and has substance in life is you, and me. All our "ISMs" and philosophies are mental creations or thought structures. They can't have any power as an enemy. They are just inert thought structures. Any energy placed to fight an "ISM" is misplaced. Yes, people align themselves with theories, but remember, they are not the theory. They are human beings like you and me. This brings us to consider what we are for instead of what we are against. I am for you!!!!! No matter what so-called strata of society you think that you might inhabit, I am for You.

A movement that adheres to this truth is invincible. Sure there will be issues, sign waving and chants, but inside we know one thing for certain, "I am for you". No matter what is coming up in our face, I am for you, I am for your children, I am for your grand kids. We all know that is the truth. Even those who work against this movement know that their own grand kids are screwed by this unworkable system.

So what do we do? We noted that every situation brings an energy into our body and each energy brings a sensation, feeling, emotion and mood. The overwhelming tendency is to project or externalize that feeling and move on manipulating the external. All power lies in digesting all of those feelings without any avoidance (even thought the feeling to look outside is so powerful). If a core of us can "anchor" all that comes down, and hold the space for the others, a miracle will have to happen. Hold what space? Hold the space that: "I am for you".

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This gentleman came up to me asking if Occupy could be a "Teaching Moment".  I saw the Vernon Howard book in his hand and I turned my camera on.

 

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Amazing guys in the streets of Chicago!

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Here is Dylan Ratigan expressing his view on the out-of-control bail out of Wall Street that most of the media does not cover. There is a multilevel failure of transparency that has placed the burden on a voiceless middle class.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qI_P3pxze5w&feature=share

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fd-eC2iKQps ____________________________________________________________ Another view is presented by a young passionate protester- Chris Savvinidis. His critique is focused on the related issue of a Federal Reserve that was established and put in the hands of private banks under constitutionally-questionable circumstances (it's an interesting history). The lack of transparency in the FED's operation has, in fact, led to another movement- Occupy the FED. This is a critique of "Corporatism"- the distortion of Capitalism. This ties in to the popularity of Libertarian/Republican candidate Ron Paul. Here's Chris on the street: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-KA3ZTD6V4 and http://www.project.nsearch.com/profiles/blogs/spread-this-young-man-s-me... ____________________________________________________________ A more radical critique is being voiced by Peter Joseph (of the Zeitgeist Movement). His critique goes further outside the box by addressing the limits of the Capitalist/Free Market system. He addresses the Occupy Movement in his interview of some of it's participants/organizers here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3fqYpnw9oU ____________________________________________________________________ Finally, I wanted to include the Spiritual Coaching of Marianne Williamson- speaking to Occupy LA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZPna2RfXzE

 

Namaste,

Tomas :-)

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Richard, thank you for the openness to explore this movement that is evolving as we speak. Here is a video of a Monk activist giving his personal account of the experience of joining the march onto the Brooklyn Bridge and then being arrested. http://www.mypeace.tv/video/occupy-wall-street-interview-with-a-yogic-mo...

Namaste,

Tomas :-)

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.

They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.

They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.

They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.

They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.

They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.

They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.

They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.

They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.

They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.

They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.

They have sold our privacy as a commodity.

They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press. They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.

They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.

They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.

They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.

They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit.

They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit. They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.

They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.

They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad. They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.

They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts. *

To the people of the world,

We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.

Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.

To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.

Join us and make your voices heard!

*These grievances are not all-inclusive.

Part of the Action

We remain committed to be on the forefront of what will support life, both in your family and on planet earth. 

 

My interaction with you is an Experiment to further enable this vision to be true, and up to the rhythm that you are a part of the action.  

 

Please contribute to make this vision real.  

With Heart Felt Thanks, Richard Miller.

  

 

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