My favorite sign? “The Beginning is Near”
As Fox News and CNN try to downplay the grassrootsiness of the Occupy movement, it’s pretty clear that the movement is spreading like wildfire:
My parents were hippies and met at a demonstration for something or other in the 60s (when it just wasn’t cool for a white Jewish girl to be cavorting with a black man). I was dragged to demonstrations as a kid. My grandma worked with Women’s Strike for Peace in Philadelphia for many years, and was protesting and demonstrating well into her 70s.
My grandpa was fired from his job as a school teacher in the mid-1950s for being a communist sympathizer (his case went up to the Supreme Court — ultimately, he and the others whose cases were consolidated, lost; my grandma never mentioned the name “Joe McCarthy” without prefacing it with “that bastard”). My great-uncle fought in World War II and Korea, and later was involved with Veterans for Peace well into his 80s.
All of this is to say, the fight for social justice is in my family’s blood, and that despite the fringe elements and the involvement of some folks who I’d like to slap upside the head with a wet noodle, I like where this movement is going. Groups of people protesting for and talking about social justice and the rights of workers?
Yeah — I can dig it.
[cross-posted at Angry Black Lady Chronicles]