I have a challenge for the Occupy movement.
So far we have been incredibly successful at bringing national and international attention to the inequitable distribution of wealth, economic opportunity, and political influence in America. Our elected officials might do something to address these pressing issues, but let’s not wait for them — let’s get started ourselves.
From NYC to Oakland, tens of thousands of us are marching in the street demanding political reform to address the issues of middle and low-income communities. We should keep doing this, but we should also take direct, local actions to help our communities that are most in need. Let’s not just Occupy Oakland, let’s make it a better place for all of us to live, work and grow.
It takes courage to occupy, but it takes courage, commitment and compassion to occupy and serve.
If you are interested in organizing an “occupy and serve” Oakland community service day please email me at occupyandserve [at] gmail.com. If you are not in Oakland, I invite you to join your local occupy demonstration and help form a community service committee. Let’s lead by example — our elected leaders will surely follow.