Video: Economists Say Occupy Movement is Right

Occupy Economics from Softbox on Vimeo.

More than 170 economists have signed a statement in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement, according to Econ4.org.

“We are economists who oppose ideological cleansing in the economics profession. Equally we oppose political cleansing in the vital debate over the causes and consequences of our current economic crisis. We support the efforts of the Occupy Wall Street movement across the country and across the globe to liberate the economy from the short-term greed of the rich and powerful “one percent”.

We oppose cynical and perverse attempts to misuse our police officers and public servants to expel advocates of the public good from our public spaces. We extend our support to the vision of building an economy that works for the people, for the planet, and for the future, and we declare our solidarity with the Occupiers who are exercising our democratic right to demand economic and social justice.”–Econ4 Statement

#Occupy Love: What if You Lived According to What You Want to Give?

A taste of the upcoming feature documentary, Occupy Love. “Love is the felt experience of connection to another being. An economist says ‘more for you is less for me.’ But the lover knows that more of you is more for me too. If you love somebody their happiness is your happiness. Their pain is your pain. Your sense of self expands to include other beings. This shift of consciousness is universal in everybody, 99% and 1%,” says Charles Eisenstein.

“All of the baubles of the rich are a phony compensation for the loss of what’s really important. The loss of community, connection, intimacy. The loss of meaning – and everyone wants to live a life of meaning.”

“It’s really hard to create community if the underlying knowledge is that we don’t need each other. People get together and consume together. But joint consumption does not create community. Only joint creativity creates community.”

Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition, is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. This is a community funded film. Watch video with Spanish subtitles.

Rabbi Arthur Waskow on Radio Occupy Faith

Rabbi Arthur Waskow interview with Interfaith “Occupy”  Radio.

Discussing the Exodus as an example of a general strike, the dissolution of pharaoh’s power, the creation of “islands of decency” within the European Jewish ghettos, freedom of Soviet Jewry used Gandhian nonviolence, and the current coming together of “anti-pharaoh’s freedom values” among various faith communities.

Beautiful description of Kol Nidrei and Isaiah 58 celebrated at Occupy Camps. You can listen to it here:   http://anoccupiedfaith.tumblr.com/

Video: Justice Movement Elders In Solidarity With Occupy Movements

If you are between the ages of 55 and 100, I encourage you to watch this video and consider how you can stand with the Occupy Movement. Rev. Jim Lawson, Rev. Phillip Lawson, Rev. Nelson Johnson, Dolores Huerta, Joyce Johnson, Bernice Johnson Reagon, and Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, Dr. Vincent Harding, send messages of celebration and affirmation as Occupy continues to expand the work of the Beloved Community in our time. If you are between the ages of 12 and 54, I encourage you to watch this video and consider how you can show respect and gratitude to our elders in the movement.

Tim Nafzinger: Financial Institutions and Babylon

At OLSX, St. Paul's. Photo credit: Duncan C., http://www.flickr.com/photos/duncan/6281021255/

As part of the Word and World mentoring circle that I belong to we have been reading Protestant theologian William Stringfellow and talking about the Occupy Movement.

Here’s a concise insight from Tim Nafzinger:

>>It’s very interesting, in light of our recent discussion on William Stringfellow’s An Ethic for Christians and Other Aliens in a Strange Land to read George Monbiot’s column in The Guardian naming the Corporation of the City of London (the official name of the square mile in London that houses many of the world’s most powerful banks and financial institutions) as “Babylon” in yesterday’s Guardian. Note this is a completely different legal entity from the London where 3 million people live. Monbiot writes:

It’s the dark heart of Britain, the place where democracy goes to die, immensely powerful, equally unaccountable. But I doubt that one in 10 British people has any idea of what the Corporation of the City of London is and how it works. This could be about to change. Alongside the Church of England, the Corporation is seeking to evict the protesters camped outside St Paul’s cathedral. The protesters, in turn, have demanded that it submit to national oversight and control. …

[The City] has also made the effective regulation of global finance almost impossible. Shaxson shows how the absence of proper regulation in London allowed American banks to evade the rules set by their own government. AIG’s wild trading might have taken place in the US, but the unit responsible was regulated in the City. Lehman Brothers couldn’t get legal approval for its off-balance sheet transactions in Wall Street, so it used a London law firm instead. No wonder priests are resigning over the plans to evict the campers. The Church of England is not just working with Mammon; it’s colluding with Babylon.

Fittingly enough, from a Stringfellow perspective, this private banking world is often just referred to as “The City.”

Monbiot’s naming and shaming (along with the resignation of three Church of England clergy members) seems to have had its effect. This morning the Church of England stopped its attempts to evict Occupy London. Now it’s just Babylon against them…<<

Thanks Tim.