Note: Kathleen Wooten of Lawrence (MA) Monthly Meeting has served as a protest chaplain at the Occupy Boston site. In a guest post she shares here reflections on this movement's connection to an earlier struggle for economic justice, the "Bread and Roses" Textile Strike of 1912.
by Kathleen Wooten
Returning home from Occupy Boston in the late hours of the evening, I pass the imposing smokestacks of the old textile mills of Lawrence, MA. They remind me of the history of this place. My own monthly meeting has worshipped here since 1899.
With unemployment benefits set to expire for many, and with job prospects still scarce, millions of Americans face the prospect of going hungry and getting thrown out of their homes soon after the holidays. Jobless union members, veterans, students and millions of others are struggling to make ends meet while many politicians merely support the wealthiest 1%.
Kathleen McQuillen and Arnie Alpert talk Occupy on the Fallon Forum
What's new with the Occupy movement in Iowa and New Hampshire? What's driving people around the nation and around the world to confront economic injustice? AFSC staff Kathleen McQuillen and Arnie Alpert explore these questions and more with guest host Jon Krieg on the Fallon Forum.
Weak winter afternoon sun filters into my office bathing it in cool light. Deep cold is settling in on Burnside Park, where Occupy Providence remains one of the few continuous residential Occupations in the country. Folks are adding layers of tarp to "the domes" and layering cardboard on the ground with plans to huddle together tonight for warmth. As I write some are meeting with their lawyer to discuss their demand that the city provide a day shelter for homeless people so that they have a safe, warm place to go during the day with access to services. They are worki
Below is a press release written and endorsed by the Occupy Philadelphia Interfaith Working Group. It calls for consideration of a 'third way' in ending the dispute between the city and Occupy Philadelphia about whether to move the encampment. In Peace, Lucy
Occupy Philadelphia Interfaith Working Group Calls for Creative, Non-Violent Response
When politics and the economy hand out lemons, what do you do? You gather friends, sing together, eat good food, share words to inspire continued action for social justice, and make lemonade! That's what AFSC supporters did Nov. 12 at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Concord.
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