Have you joined Occupy Wall Street or Seattle or Boston or Los Angeles or…? You get the picture. I’ll admit that aside from writing about the movement and making sympathetic tweets or Facebook shares (did you know that there’s a “Great” Thoughts Facebook page?), I have not participated in any tangible way…yet. My excuse is parenthood, even if it’s not a great one.
Still, for those of us who still have jobs and busy lives, there are ways to join the movement. You too can tweet and post articles on social media. If you have space in you budget, check out the “needs” list of your local action. Send them a pizza. Stop by for a few minutes and chat with the occupiers. Listen to their stories first hand.
A few days ago, I tweeted that Guy Fawkes Day (yes, I know he was not a crusader for the liberal vision of justice), November 5 is a Saturday this year and could prove interesting. I was just referring to the general spirti of social activism gripping the world. Well, my curiosity caused me to poke around some more and discover that November 5 is Bank Transfer Day. What is Bank Transfer Day? Well, it’s a day for us to vote with our dollars and close our accounts with big national banks and move our money to local community banks and credit unions. (Full disclosure, we no longer have deposit accounts with Bank of America, but we are still paying on some credit accounts.)
If you embark on this course, be careful about hidden fees and such.
Then there’s this little tidbit. This is Dylan Ratigan’s proposed constitutional ammendment to end corporate personhood and remove money from our political system. If you want politicians to listen to voters instead of donors, sign this petion and publicize it to your friends.
Well, there are some ways to be involved…assuming the world doesn’t end tomorrow.
Here’s one more. Want to target the Koch brothers, who are throwing huge amounts of money to support right wing causes? Here’s a site listing their products. If you choose to boycott them, be sure to politely make it known to the folks who run the stores at which you shop.