Occupy at First Unitarian

First UU has a monthly Parish Supper with speakers invited. This Friday, February 24th, Occupy Providence shared potluck and gave us an update on the Occupation statewide.

Pat Raub, who has facilitated in tents by flashlight, and Jon Lax explained the process of the General Assembly– rules of order, hand signals and the agenda for the evening.

Ally Trull, Randall Rose and Jared Paul presented the five campaigns Occupy Providence supports.

Take Back Our Homes– fighting illegal foreclosures
Tax Justice– so the 1% pays their fair share
Solidarity Economy– business that gives back to the community
Gendered Economic Inequality– in case you’ve noticed that women are still underpaid and under-represented
Civil Rights-Racial Profiling and Prisoner Rights– supporting a bill against racial profiling that codifies what police acknowledge is best practice

It was a cool Unitarian practice of our principles, with an occasional mic-check, chalice lighting by Reverend Ford, and Hymn #121 ‘We’ll Build a Land’.

I’m still processing all this, will write more later. I just want to thank all the good people who came out last night to share a meal and democracy.

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2 thoughts on “Occupy at First Unitarian

  1. Sounds like the most solid political agenda out there. If only these were the people running for office….except where would they get the billions of dollars to do so? Not sure they could get Biden to come to town for them and give them a $5,000 a plate fundraiser. What are the other alternatives?

    • I’m really impressed with the committment of the people who were at the tents, are at the meetings, and not giving up or losing their energy. It continues to be a diverse group– age, gender, race, income, religion, sexuality, life circumstances. Anyone who wants to put the Occupiers in a category will miss the truth. This is unlike any group I have ever seen.

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