Outside the Circle

Cindy Milstein

New Selves for a New Year

After a week away from Occupy Philly, it was lovely to return to tonight’s general assembly “new year’s reflection,” focusing on what we personally and collectively have achieved in our occupation & the movement(s) everywhere. So many inspiring remarks, from so many diverse types of people, but the takeaway message: there’s been some damned profound politicization these past, short, three months because of occupy everything!

A few examples: one occupier said he’d never been interested in politics before OP & never thought he was smart enough to be political; another occupier said she’d gone on her first demo–against police brutality–because of OP; and a third admitted he’d favored the bank bailout and, before that, going to war against Iraq, but now, thanks to OP, feels mighty different about a whole bunch of stuff. The word “Occupy family” came up a lot.

Yeah, lots more came up about how we’ve already transformed society in certain ways–such as teaching people (ourselves included) that direct democracy is not only possible but it really works–yet what struck me this evening was how much all of us have noted dramatic changes in ourselves as people, which means we might just be better equipped to start dramatically changing the world in 2012.

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This entry was posted on December 30, 2011 by in Dispatches from Occupy Philly.
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