Last week I interviewed David Osborne on Community Currency to ask him about how the idea of it came into being and how the organizing was going, as well as the thought and strategic motives behind it. I thought it was a brilliant, great idea and was glad to learn that 70 cities were participating, but I was sorry that the local groups were focusing most of their attention on the March Occupy Education actions.
My son and I have been working hard all week on campaign materials, the new website, my radio show. People have been phoning, volunteering, helping in many ways. An old friend, and gifted communicator, W. David Kubiak, who used to direct 911Truth.org and knows the complex language that I've been struggling with (Joomla) is in alignment with what we're doing and hopefully will make our website more functional, less embarrassing, and publicly presentable.
It is clear that the vast majority of Americans are not being served by Congress, nor the policies which have set back human and civil rights throughout the world, and threaten all people with physical and institutional violence. Perhaps a government of, by and for the people was never a reality, but legitimate governments serve their people, and those which kill, exploit, impoverish, harm people deserve to be challenged. The Occupy Movement has risen in response to the most egregious crimes committed by Wall Street with the assistance of government.
Ten years ago yesterday, we marched on Senator Feinstein's office to demand an investigation of 9/11. Yesterday we marched on the San Jose Courthouse where the infamous ruling that has been used to grant corporations the rights of people was written. Occupy San Jose organized the rally which was followed by a General Assembly.
There are many paths to the mountain top. Ninety-nine percent of the people would agree that our goal is a just, peaceful, equitable, world, liberated from the shackles of violent, deceptive, corporate rule, with a future where human needs and the planet are honored and respected over profits.
I've been in Chicago since last week attending the American Monetary Institute's Annual Conference. At the same time, I've been trying to network with the people in front of the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank - Occupy Chicago who have acted in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and the larger movement challenging the corporate control over government, democracy, for the benefit of 1% and at the expense of the vast majority of people and planet.
Since 2004, the Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance has held 9/11 truth film festivals at the San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building and at the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland with the generous support of the Grand Lake Theater owner, Allen Michaan. As the ten- year anniversary drew near, we began to plan an expanded program of film festivals to commemorate this significant date. We also discovered that the annual Power to the Peaceful Festival, which we have always participated in through a march and a rally, was cancelled.
Aung San Suu Kyi, a democratically elected leader in Burma, placed under arrest by the controlling military regime, famously wrote,
“It is not power that corrupts, but fear -- fear of losing power and fear of the scourge of those who wield it."
The fear she speaks of corrupts those in power who fear that the truth about their actions and motivations would arouse popular disapproval and opposition. It also silences those who dare not challenge the powerful for fear of reprisal.