Good morning, Firedoglake Community!
I haven’t posted here for some time and some days I haven’t even thrown in a comment or two. But not for lack of interest. I’ve been short on time and energy and both these precious commodities seem to be shrinking at an increasing rate since I’ve moved into my eighth decade of life.
On the Sunday afternoon of January 8th, a small group of concerned people, most of whom had been working with Occupy Denver, ten miles to the north, met in the basement of our local public library. It was the first General Assembly of Occupy Littleton …. and we had a reporter present; Kelsey Whipple who writes a blog for Denver’s alternative newspaper, Westword. Here’s what she had to say about our suburban Occupy.
Since that Sunday, Occupy Littleton has expanded. We are now a small group of dedicated Occupiers, who have: developed a website, Occupy Littleton; expanded our Facebook coverage; formed Communications, Media and Non-violence Working Groups; and set up a Yahoo group for our internal communications.
Some of us are active in the joint Foreclosure Working Group of Occupy Denver and the Colorado Progressive Coalition, researching legal questions, educating and planning direct actions. Yesterday, we disrupted the weekly foreclosure auction at the Denver County Clerk and Recorder’s Office. For many of us, it was our first confrontation with the System. Scary and exhilarating all at the same time. One of our OL Occupiers had volunteered to record the action, surreptitiously, within the auction room, where cell phones and cameras are banned. She was successful, as you can see from the video that resulted.
Our members fan out into our neighboring Occupations, working with Occupations at Denver, Colorado Springs and Grand Junction. This Saturday, Occupiers from all over Colorado are meeting at UC Boulder for a day long round of networking, workshops and planning.
Something is about to happen. The signs of change are still minute, tiny points of green soon covered by spring snows, blushes of purple haze worn by branches that yesterday were brown. But join us in our suburban library basement and watch proper white-haired ladies and solemn dads, in between their kids’ soccer practice and music lesson, hold a discussion on Martin Luther King’s Letter from the Birmingham Jail.
The System is broken; corporations and their unlimited money rule our Government; the voice of We the People has been strangled. How do we use Non-Violent Tactics to directly confront our Oppressors? How do we use Non-Violence to set up what King calls “a constructive non-violent tension that is necessary for growth” and change? Scary, but exhilarating.