This morning I watched the KGW press conference with “Occupy Portland.” A self description of the movement from the OP website reads, “We will gather in solidarity with the ongoing protest in New York City, Occupy Wall Street, and the growing number of cities whose people will no longer sit back watching corporate and special interests run their government. We are citizens of the United States, and this country is ours. We will take it back.”
I understand the frustration of the American people, and the passion to get out there and work to make things better. That said, I think passion without clarity of intention is an unsustainable use of energy. The representative in downtown Portland said, “We will occupy indefinitely.” but didn’t seem to have a specific end goal. This needs to be fixed soon if the OP movement (or any movement for change) is to be sustained AND create actual positive economic policy change.
For example, the protesters could say, “We will occupy this space until congress passes the American Jobs Bill Act that has been placed before them to put American’s back to work,” or another agenda they can agree upon as an end goal. If/when the goal is met, they can decide on their next goal and how to inspire it’s manifestation. I think this added clarity of intention would greatly enhance their efforts and make for a more productive use of their energy.
Another thought for the folks of Occupy Portland is to use their cell phones to make calls to the Speaker of the House, John Boehner at (202) 225-0600. I called and left a message this morning. Protesters can use smart phones to email or call other members of congress while camping, sitting, standing in protest. Again, adding this action to their demonstration would multiply the impact of their gathered energy. Here is a link to help you write your representative when inspired.
Yesterday, the same day of the Occupy Portland kick-off, I watched the President give what I think may have been one of the most brilliant press conferences of his career, speaking passionately about what the American people need, and firmly to those in Washington whose main agenda seems to be ANYTHING other than protecting and supporting those who voted to put them in office, especially if it means saying yes to anything proposed by President Obama.
If you didn’t see the press conference with the President, I invite you to watch it, listen, and pay close attention to his agenda. I do believe he is working to create a better life for the majority of Americans from all parties. Isn’t that what a President is supposed to do? And aren’t the members of Congress suppose to help him?
President Obama is encouraging Americans to stand up and let our voices be heard in the offices of our members of the House and Senate. Now THAT is patriotic. THAT is American. I say, Yes – let’s Occupy Portland and Wall Street and anywhere else where gathering the “99%” can have a positive impact on the greater good for all. And while gathered – pick up the phone and let our voices be heard! Let’s Occupy the phone lines, emails, blogs etc. to Congress!
Blessed Be All.