“All too often, in day-to-day living, there is little mentioned of the human connection that has brought us this far.” –Jihadah Sharif (Community Organizer)
The internet has caused our world to become that much smaller. It has allowed us to be nowhere and everywhere. And the Occupy Movement has given so many people purpose. What started out as a national grievance about financial inequality and social injustice has quickly become a subculture with its own language, such as the use of hand signals, and social network.
It was James Baldwin that said, “The paradox of education is precisely this: that as one begins to become conscious, one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.” A blanket of awareness is coming over this planet, and more and more people are awakening to possibilities never imagined by the average person. And I’m so thrilled to be witnessing this moment in history. In this country we’ve gone from the Atlantic slave trade, to segregation, to integration, and now we’re heading towards world unification.
I would like to share an email with you. It was sent from an occupier in Sidney, Australia. We had been corresponding since October 30, 2011. We connected through the Occupy Wall Street social network. And even though we have never exchanged pictures, it was not until this email did I get to hear the sound of her voice….
Tobias A. Fox
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Sent On Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 12:36 AM, Bernice Azyh wrote:
I wanted to share this with you and send love from Sydney, Australia. Thank you so much for all the work you are doing **HUGS**
Messages of Support for Occupy Sydney & Occupy’s Everywhere
I’m Bern, from Occupy Sydney. I wanted to make messages of support to show my gratitude to everyone that has been a part of the Occupy Movement. It has and continues to be the most inspiring action I have participated in and witnessed.
Knowing that other people are willing to sacrifice comfort for change and action kindness and support for each other, to listen and learn and grow with each other. To be willing to castaway the addictions of consumerism and step up to be empowered leaders, is the most amazing and honestly humbling experience of my life.
Thank you so much for opening up to new ideas and understandings. Thank you so much for your patience while I do my best to open up and learn how I can best embody the changes that have unfolded in my life since Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Sydney began.
Watching Occupy Wall Street and participating in Occupy Sydney have both been very different experiences. I recommend that everyone action the change you wish to see in this movement. Go out, connect and talk to people about what Occupy is for you.
I made messages of support so our Occupiers here in Sydney could see that they are supported, and what they are doing matters and is appreciated. I want them to know I believe in the power of their actions. I support them and people all over Australia and the World support them too.
Thank you to Occupiers past, present, and future. We need all of you. I believe that together we can change the world. That is my wish.
Photos by Bern Ellis
Messages of Support – for Occupiers in Sydney and Occupiers Everywhere
Music – “The Wish” by Lindsay Drummond