First of all, I think that maybe I painted to bleak a picture of Portland in yesterday’s post. I just thought I would clarify: I think this a great town. The fact that it is overrun with the noisily insane is by no means a deal-breaker. I live walking distance from my job, which happens to be in a huge old 5 story department store, and i can walk to the ocean in a couple of minutes.
not too bad really. Just wanted to put that out there. There happen to be an inordinate number of walking dead and shouting maniacs, but you get used to it.
Anyway, my real purpose for writing this brief post, is to make a request:
This is desperate plea, brought on by the current Occupy Maine protests that have inhabited downtown Portland and Liberty Park for about a month now, of course spawned by the massive Occupy Wallstreet Protests. This is in no way an indictment of the movement. On the contrary, I am feeling guilt for not partaking in the NYC rallies. This is a movement that has to happen. It has to go further. It has to grow until it cannot be ignored.
However, this is a plea for some kind of unified vision. Lets do away with the vagaries and shouts for horn honks and consider what it is that we want folks. I say this because of this…
Now, I know, I’m a jerk. But, have we really not moved beyond the “Imagine” sign? is this our statement? This person had to make a sign, not only to carry, but to finally hang outside the group encampment, and this is what they said. Unfortunately, I see this as representative of much of what I am seeing here every day. Some vague idea of disappointment and longing with no idea how to characterize or express it. Remember that song, that dead guy wrote decades ago about something? that was good. I have seen this at so many rallies and protests and gatherings of the lost and well-meaning, and it bothers me. have we nothing new to say? Granted, not much good protest music has come about since the time this song was written, but honestly, why fly this word anyway? As a simple word it symbolizes little and makes a movement look shallow and borrowed. My plea (yes, I’m getting to it) is that, since the time seems right for this movement, we don’t spoil it. Think about what you are protesting and why, and what it is that you want to gain by it. If not, don’t bother, because bullshit like This happens. If the movement looks too much like a bunch of bored hippies congregating, reactionaries will dismiss it. If it looks like an amalgamation of concerned, angry, down and out, people coming together with a cause, they can’t ignore it.
That’s all. Imagine there’s something real to be gained, pinpoint what that is, and demand it.
thanks… here’s this