Occupy, Equality and Compassion
by The Charter
1 year ago
All around the globe, with the notable exception of the United States, May Day is a celebration of the working man and woman and of the rights fought and won and fought for again. The Occupy Wall Street movement has attempted to bring a bit of May Day sprit to the U.S. -- conflict and, perhaps, compassion. There's little question that the Occupy movement as a whole has opened up new conversations about equality and empathy in the U.S. Writer Naomi Klein joined the Occupy Movement when she saw an image of a very particular sign ‘compassion is a radical act'. Klein says, "I’m increasingly convinced that all of the change that we want…none of this is going to happen unless we really shift the underlying values of our culture. The idea that these young people would be holding up signs that say ‘I care about you’ on Wall Street is such a radical act."
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MAY DAY YESTERDAY AND TODAY
The Real History of May Day from The Guardian (it really started in the United States!)
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