Marching and educating are critical components of the movement. And what better way to get some exercise and/or meet your neighbors. But beyond teach-ins and rallies, what can we do in our daily lives? Teach ourselves how to "OCCUPY THE ECONOMY".
Here are some ideas:
ECONOMIC VOTING (vote w/yo buck):
- buy local, whereever possible, including buying from locally owned stores. doing so keeps half of your money local, more if you focus on locally MADE products.
- move your money from big-bank to local credit union (credit unions are run by members who control the direction/policies)
- buy from "responsible companies", who support living wages for their employees and practice environmentally responsible sourcing.
-- want a more detailed definiton of a "responsible company?" get a defintion here
-- the ["Good Guide"] has great suggestions:
- support healthy food chains (buy local, eat as much organic as you can, try not to support toxic chemical companies, make new page w/details]
- join in on the other work going on in the [Sustainable Economy Working Group] The WG will be posting a list of what it thinks are "good rating groups" to decide where to put your money. Stay tuned! Better yet, join us!
- get involved in your local government. going to meetings and voicing concerns (about things like [make page] how the government uses toxins in its operations, how it acts exclusive by not having things online, over spending impact on middle class, better housing practices to promote rooming houses, etc.) Government is controlled by the people that actually go to the meetings.
- register to vote (yeah, a lot of us don't like "the system", but we're in it, so let's at least vote)
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL OCCUPATION
- Put a tent in your yard! A sign on your car! - Hand out flyers...poster your town... Meet with local community groups. - March! (it's great exercise and you get to meet interesting people! - Organize a meeting in your town - JOIN a [Working Group!] - START A WORKING GROUP! - email@example.com - If there's an encampment, camp, Cook food, bring blankets, donate cash, come and help...
MARCH/PROTEST/HOLD A SIGN
- get involved with local activists who care about the same issues you do.
- MARCH! it's good exercise! and keeps the issues in the media
- make up a BIG SIGN out of cardboard and stand on any street corner. Check out the Sign Tent for inspiration on what to say on your sign. Or just say what you mean!
- contact us for dates of marches/rallies, or look at the calendar at www.occupyboston.org (on the right side)