Lessons Learned from Occupy Lompoc (Lompoc Record)

November 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

Lessons Learned from Occupy Lompoc (Lompoc Record)

New column by me up at the Lompoc Record.

When Occupy Wall Street first set up their tents in New York City, much of the media was left scratching their heads. There were no leaders, there was no single demand. Instead, Occupy united around two principles.

The first was economic justice, or the idea that all people deserve the opportunity to survive, thrive and prosper in a world that fairly rewards work and recognizes basic human dignity.

The second principle was direct democracy. After the economy crashed, governments and corporations were not interested in economic justice. We would have to try to achieve it ourselves.

I knew the Occupy movement had to come to Lompoc, a town where demanding economic justice holds real weight. And I soon heard about a small gathering in Centennial Park to kick off a nascent Occupy Lompoc group.

Read more (from lompocrecord.com).

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