Just back from about seven hours in the heart of Occupy San Francisco. I've been asked to write my impressions and feelings about what the Occupy movement is, where it's going. I'm so tired I can barely see straight, but I want to say this:
I brought bags of socks, underwear and clothes down to Occupy San Francisco today. I've been asked to write a magazine piece about this, and I went down to take part and see for myself. I'm an old lefty radical and old-time protester, but multiple sclerosis has slowed me down. I want to quote Peter Gabriel: You can blow out a candle, but you can't blow out a fire - once the flames begin to catch, the wind will take them higher.
This is a movement. And it is absolutely imperative that we realise - all of us - that we cannot back down. If that happens, it's game over. If we let this be crushed or let it peter out or let it be hijacked, the takeover is complete and the middle class is gone. It becomes the 1% master of all and the 99% slave class - a return, essentially, not to the nineteenth century, but to the fourteenth century.
I am the 99%. And we are the majority.
Causes Deborah Grabien Supports
EMILY's List (early member), Amnesty International (member on two continents for thirty years), Animal Welfare causes (we rescue feral cats), NARAL and...