Saturday, December 10, 2011

Moving from Intervention to Treatment... Occupy, part II

Picture: From October 9, 2011... "You Can't Evict and Idea" projection at Occupy Boston
The Occupy Boston camp was raided a couple of hours ago. The city of Boston was wise to wait until there were only a few dozen folks left at Dewey Square, versus coming Thursday night when there were 1000+ of us.  Apparently about 40 people were arrested, and apparently it went peacefully.   

I am concerned for the people who were homeless (that is, homeless before the Occupy Movement even started), who were receiving more shelter and food and help at the Occupy Boston camp than just being on their own. I hope we can still support them.

I can't help but feel sad that the Occupy Boston camp is gone, as I found the OB phenomenon pretty amazing and impressive in so many ways. I will miss visiting OB and feeling that spirit of idealism and hope.  I will miss the Sunday UU Vespers.  I will miss many things...

But I keep thinking of this sign that I saw at OB several weeks ago:

The sign says, "America, this is your intervention!" And that's how I feel about the Occupy Movement to date: It has been an intervention.  I think it has been a successful wake-up, or "intervention", and now it's time for Part II of the Occupy Movement:  "treatment".  May the movement continue, and may it continue to be nonviolent and creative!  To borrow from the chant, "We are unstoppable, another world is possible!"

Monday, December 5, 2011

Merrimack Valley Project... what a great organization!

Last night I went to the Annual Convention of the Merrimack Valley Project.  What an amazing organization!

The Merrimack Valley Project (MVP) has been around since 1992, uniting "leaders from across the Merrimack Valley to win improvements to our state and region that have benefited thousands of people".

MVP has increased opportunities for jobs; worked for immigrant rights; worked to create and maintain safe, affordable housing for all; and worked to create safer cities and neighborhoods.

I am hoping to get more involved.  I'm so grateful that they do the work that they do.  I'm proud that the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover is one of their member groups.

They have a current project that is very exciting to me:  "Fight Foreclosures and Evictions in our Neighborhoods!  No More Evictions: MVP is calling on banks and mortgage companies to stop all post-foreclosure evictions in the cities and towns of our region. Vacant properties hurt families and make our city streets and neighborhoods more dangerous. Let all families stay and pay rent!"

Click here to make a contribution to MVP.