by Shad Kabango
What is the Occupy Movement?
I’ve been down to the Vancouver Art Gallery a handful of times since OV set up shop and after talking to a few people, I think I can answer that question. It’s pretty simple: Basically, for a long time we’ve had a system that doesn’t work for most people on the planet and some folks feel it’s time we tried to change it. That’s all.
The occupiers openly and humbly acknowledge that they don’t have all the answers, in fact no one does. The problem as they see it is deep and wide and we need a lot of help finding solutions, but the first step is coming together to speak out, dialogue, and learn. I happen to agree with all that and that’s why I’m grateful for the movement and welcome its presence in our city.
We don’t have the same issues as our friends south of the border around banking regulation and economic collapse. Thankfully that’s true, but that’s not the main thing. The main thing, in my view, is that I’ve spent my life occasionally flicking by images of kids dying of poverty and I’m used to it now and that’s insane. We need to fundamentally change something about how our world works because millions of kids suffering needlessly in this age is becoming at least as morally unacceptable as slavery or denying women the right to vote. Obviously a lot of people have tried for a long time to care for the poor here and abroad, but I get the sense that the problem is deeply systemic and might require some very fundamental change. I have no clue what that might look like but I respect any movement interested in journeying towards a solution.
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