Sunday, October 23, 2011

Appropriating Public Lands For Private Purposes

Today I cycled to Sidney (1.25 hours with my trusty electronic bike) along the colourful autumn galloping goose trail, shared a mostly raw all vegan lunch with my octogenarian+ parental units, and convinced them that driving into Victoria to visit the People’s Assembly at Centennial Square would be a good idea.

We had intended to stop, on our way into town, at Mitchell’s Farm to pick up some fresh vegetables for the revolution, but the placed was packed with pumpkin pickers and we didn’t have a lot of time since I needed to eventually leave Sidney with enough time to cycle back into town before sundown.  We tried a couple of other local farms but they were both closed.  Nevermind, I suggested we could find out what they need and I’ll get it another day.  I was brought up with the understanding that sharing is a good thing, and it’s polite to bring something when dropping in for a visit.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Revolution: You know it ain’t easy

After working for systemic change by way of alternative media and personal lifestyle choices these many years, this activist concludes that the “occupy” revolution is best cheered from a distance.  While I wholeheartedly support, in theory, the horizontal, non-hierarchical consensus building process, and I know perfection is impossible, there’s something fundamentally important that is being ignored or dismissed.

I can’t help it, I cringe every time I hear the word “occupy.”