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FINDING HUMANITY: THE PHILOSOPHY OF AN OCCUPIED PLANET

Freedom is near. The birth of the Occupy movement was both miraculous and inevitable. In the chaos of a crumbling empire, you and I found each other and discovered, to our surprise, that we were not alone in our understanding. What had always been my suffering and my awakening was now ours and we knew this immediately, implicitly. We slept in the rain and our voices rang together through the corridors of our city. Nothing had ever meant so much.

I say Occupy was inevitable because annihilation has never been the destiny of this country nor of this planet. The protestors in Tahrir Square, on Wall Street, and in front of St. Paul’s cathedral were the natural and inspired ascent of humanity’s survival instinct. However, despite our numbers and our dedication, the threats of economic collapse and environmental destruction continue to haunt the horizon. Criminality in government persists.  We stood up and spoke out but our mission is incomplete.

In the following pages, I’m going to attempt answers for two questions: how is Occupy different and how can it succeed?I am going to present a doctrine, but my aim is not to indoctrinate. Philosophy, seeking the Truth, is what led me to Occupy and this philosophy is my contribution. This is the truth about Occupy, as I see it. I present it for your consideration in the hope that you find in it something of value, something that will serve you. Though, my belief is that the application of these ideas could harness the Love and camaraderie of Occupy toward something magnificent. I should also add that regardless of the effect of my words, I am certain that with the united strength of an Occupied planet, we will avert extinction and discover Utopia

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            It did not take long for the media’s denial of Occupy to be replaced by confusion. This confusion is encapsulated in the question, “What is your message and what are your demands?” We all had different answers to these questions. Elements of the corporate-controlled media treated this fact as a flaw and attempted to convince the public that this new crop of protestors were naïve and disorganized hippies. This spin hardly slowed us down, though the question became a meme among the public and within the movement. This is worth noting. The fact that the question resonates with people means there is something to it – it is not merely the concoction of the corporate media. I think a better formulation of that question is, “How is Occupy different?” Everyone senses that there is something new here and they are right.

Occupy is different because it represents the united opposition to tyranny in all its forms. All possible progressive goals – gender equality, racial equality, income equality – are united in Occupy. It is a banner that all activists can share. What unifies PETA is the shared conviction for the welfare of animals. What unifies Occupy is a shared conviction for the toppling of a tyrannical system in its entirety. This is why Occupy is different: it seeks to remove the root of injustice, rather than address isolated instances of injustice. Revolutions throughout history have brought down tyrants – but never tyranny itself.

However, with our current mindset, this ultimate revolution we seek is impossible. The truth is that tyranny is a concept and you cannot defeat a concept with action, you must defeat it with thought. You cannot move past a concept until you change your mind.

Tyranny is vanquished by the thought of Humanity. If we realize our Humanity, tyranny disappears. This begs the question, “What does it mean to be human?”

Human beings are physical and metaphysical, matter and mind. We have bodies we can see and thoughts we cannot. We have physical needs such as food, shelter, and medicine. We also have metaphysical needs like love, a sense of self, community, and education, to name but a few. Now, everyone understands that our system of government is not meeting the physical needs of the people. And this is an absurd understatement. Physical Tyranny exists anywhere humans are forced to fight for survival and anywhere they are destroyed. We see deprivation and destruction everywhere. We blame this on the individual tyrants – the corporate executive and the corrupt politician. It is true that individual humans are responsible for their actions. However, the single tyrant is not responsible for the whole of tyranny. What we fail to realize is that the many individuals who maintain and profit from this system of injustice, all of them, suffer with us under a tyranny greater than their own and more destructive than any war they may seek to wage. Humanity, 100% of it, is plagued by Metaphysical Tyranny.

Far surpassing the brutality and wide-sweeping vision of any human tyrant is the Metaphysical Tyrant: Doubt. Doubt is “the state of uncertainty with regard to the truth or reality of anything,” (Oxford English Dictionary). The media landscape is so convoluted and our educational institutions so dysfunctional, that Doubt exists at the center of our lives. It occupies the place in our consciousness meant for Truth. Instead of filtering our experience through our understanding of Truth, thereby gaining knowledge, we filter experience through Doubt, and gain only facts and uncertainty. Furthermore, when you have doubt concerning a metaphysical need, then it is impossible that that need is being met. To meet a metaphysical need is to know that it is met. When we fall in Love and suddenly a void within us is filled with light, we have moved from Doubt as to the reality of Love to certainty. When that Love comes into Doubt, we suffer. In our state of Metaphysical Tyranny, Doubt reigns supreme over our most important thoughts. Even when we glimpse our life’s purpose, our true Love, or our God, Doubt shuts are eyes and turns us away.

When your Humanity is in Doubt, when you do not identify as a human but solely as a man, woman, dictator, or anything else, then you are capable of inhumane, even horrific, action. If the police officer, as he raises his night stick to strike a protestor, were to be freed of Doubt and suddenly, fully appreciate the Truth that he and the protestor are both Human, the protestor would be unharmed. Similarly, if Barack Obama were to preface all of his action with full consciousness of his Humanity, he might be a very different president. But most importantly, if each of us were to remember, at all times, that we are Human, then ruthless competition would give way to joyful cooperation. We know this from Occupy.

Metaphysical Tyranny (Doubt) is the necessary condition for Physical Tyranny (Institutionalized Inequality). Confusion of fundamental truths is the cause for the chaos in our politics, in our economics, and in our personal lives. The tyrannical individuals who own and operate the control system understand this. A brief investigation of the Think Tank network of the elite will show you how Humanity’s Doubt has been systematically reinforced for decades in order to stave off Revolution. However, organizations like the Tavistock Institute, the Rand Corporation, and the Rockefeller Foundation did not invent metaphysical Doubt, they merely exploit it. It is absolutely essential to remember that flawed thinking is our only enemy – we have no enemies among our fellow Humans. Rahm Emmanuel is a human, and if he identified as a human, rather than as a king, he would not engage in oppression. We are all equally guilty of falling prey to Doubt.

Knowing the nature of Doubt is the key to Occupy’s success. An old paradigm is falling and a new one is emerging. Occupy is on the cusp of this emergence. For Occupy to be truly effective, Occupiers need to let go of the language of the old paradigm. And that language is duality. Us vs. Them. With a message of dualism (99% vs. 1%), our energy and our usefulness are cut in half. The concept of 99% contains all that is good in Occupy. The concept of the 1% contains all that is old in Occupy, that which must change. We are loving towards the 99% and hateful towards the 1%. We chant, “Feed the Poor, Tax the Rich,” and the implication is that we don’t care whether the rich are fed. You might say, “They can feed themselves.” And this is true, except this is also exactly what they say about you.

Occupy does not need to incite anger against the criminal factions of our society, that is accomplished by the crimes themselves. The anger in Occupy, which is both natural and useful, could be channeled into a campaign for independent audits of our elected and non-elected government officials, as well as an audit of all variety of financial institutions. This could then become the campaign for the indictment of criminals. When we paint with such a wide brush, decent humans in the business, financial, and government sectors are potentially alienated and thus remain silent. This is a tremendous loss, for these are the very people who must carry out essential reform.

A new paradigm requires a new language. And in place of duality, we have unity. We are united as a race of Humans. I’d like to complete the definition of Human: Humans are creatures of the Earth with bodies and minds. Our bodies have needs, our minds have needs, and the Earth has needs. To be Human is to fully appreciate this. To be humane or to exhibit humanity means to champion the equal satisfaction of the needs of all humans and the planet on which we live.

What is our message? What are our demands? We are all human beings living on one planet, and our needs and the needs of the planet must be met.

Furthermore, we can elaborate our needs as both physical and metaphysical. Here I would propose a new metaphysical need: freedom. Freedom from indoctrination, so that we may prevent the return of crippling Doubt and assure that each human being is free to pursue happiness in health of body and mind. This message of Humanity is unified and positive. It completely disregards the hopelessly confused current political discourse of our time. In our thoughts and our actions, we can champion Humanity, the Earth, and all life on Earth. Never before has a revolutionary movement included all living beings among its ranks.

Our efforts up until this point have gotten the world’s attention. We currently live in a wasteland, a Desert of Doubt. If Occupy becomes a fountain of the Truth of our shared Humanity, our possibilities are limitless. We can make this a reality by holding onto that connection we made last fall – that Occupiers around the world continue to make – when we discovered each other’s Humanity and thus discovered a new world. Because that’s how it feels when you know Humanity – that you are exactly where you are supposed to be.

-Chicago Occupier

March 6, 2012



occupyallstreets:
thebeautyofislam:


[Flickr/14bah]

Please everyone, make dua for our brothers and sisters in Bahrain. They are under severe persecution and need our dua’s inshAllah. 

Citizens of Bahrain are currently under attack by their government. Children and women are being kidnapped by police and homes are being raided for supporting the pro-democracy protesters.
The Bahrain uprising began a year ago. The protesters selected 14 February as a day of protest to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the National Action Charter. A month later on 15 March, the government began a retaliatory “crackdown” when the protest became inconvenient.
On November 23, 2011, the& Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry released its report on human rights violations during the February and March 2011 protests, finding that the government “systematically” tortured prisoners, summarily fired Shi’ite employees and university students, and committed other gross human rights violations.
Clashes have continued in districts populated by Shi’ites but have worsened in recent weeks as the anniversary approaches.
Shi’ites say the government uses foreign police hires, mainly from Pakistan, who they face in clashes.
We need to show our support for Bahrain protesters as we did with Egypt. We need to empower them and expose their corrupt monarchy to the world.

occupyallstreets:

thebeautyofislam:

[Flickr/14bah]

Please everyone, make dua for our brothers and sisters in Bahrain. They are under severe persecution and need our dua’s inshAllah. 

Citizens of Bahrain are currently under attack by their government. Children and women are being kidnapped by police and homes are being raided for supporting the pro-democracy protesters.

The Bahrain uprising began a year ago. The protesters selected 14 February as a day of protest to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the National Action Charter. A month later on 15 March, the government began a retaliatory “crackdown” when the protest became inconvenient.

On November 23, 2011, the& Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry released its report on human rights violations during the February and March 2011 protests, finding that the government “systematically” tortured prisoners, summarily fired Shi’ite employees and university students, and committed other gross human rights violations.

Clashes have continued in districts populated by Shi’ites but have worsened in recent weeks as the anniversary approaches.

Shi’ites say the government uses foreign police hires, mainly from Pakistan, who they face in clashes.

We need to show our support for Bahrain protesters as we did with Egypt. We need to empower them and expose their corrupt monarchy to the world.

The New York Times is Hella Tired of NYPD Blocking Its Photographers

New York Police officers continue to interfere with photographers and reporters trying to cover news, and a New York Times photographer who was prevented from shooting an arrest at an Occupy Wall Street rally last weekend said police had reason to hide their actions from the press.

The department’s treatment of reporters in the field has been so bad, media outlets say, that 13 news organizations signed a second letter to the New York Police Department from a New York Times lawyer on Wednesday, demanding responses and follow-up after their first scathing criticism of the department’s handling of the press. The new complaint to police comes after two officers prevented Times freelance photographer Robert Stolarik from photographing a protester’s arrest at Sunday’s rally in support of Occupy Oakland, the letter says. The letter, which Capital New York posted in full, cites a Times storythat reported “officers blocked the lens of a newspaper photographer attempting to document the arrests.” 

The police’s interference with the press extends past Occupy protests, the organizations say. An inspector threatened New York Daily News photographer David Handschuh at last year’s Macy’s Day parade, theNational Press Photographers Association writes, and another Daily News reporter had his press credentials pulled while covering a fire in December, Capital New York reported.

We’ve reached out to the New York Police Department for comment, and will update this account when they respond.

Update: The department responded to The Times lawyers with a letter of its own, explaining the scope and nature of its updated media training. Scroll to the bottom of this post for more.

Stolarik told The Atlantic Wire on Wednesday that after two officers put their hands in front of his camera lens, a sergeant told him they had every right to do so, since he was shooting while an arrest was in progress. The arrest, he said, was messy. “It was an un-badged officer who was making the arrest. He didn’t identify himself as an officer, and he threw a girl to the ground,” Stolarik said. The officer “was in plain clothes. The girl didn’t do anything, so maybe they just didn’t want it to be documented.” When Stolarik tried to photograph it, “one officer had his hand on the lens of my camera, pushing it down. The other was in front.” Reporter Colin Moynihan’s account of the arrest says uniformed officers ultimately took the protester into custody:

A few moments later, on Park Avenue, a man wearing dark clothes and wearing no visible badge grabbed a woman by the arm and threw her to the ground. Uniformed officers arrested her and a second woman as other officers blocked the lens of a newspaper photographer attempting to document the arrests.

Stolarik has been here before, but the last time he was stopped from shooting an arrest, during another Occupy protest last December, somebody took video of it, and the department responded with an investigation. This time, no video has surfaced. But Stolarik’s become sort of a poster child for the Timesand its colleagues’ case against the police. In the demands put forth in Wednesday’s letter, Stolarik’s name comes up twice, cited as the only full investigation the department’s carried out in a case of interfering with the press. 

The media outlets first wrote to the department in November, after several reporters were arrested while covering the city’s crackdown on the Occupy Wall Street encampment at Zuccotti Park. After a Thanksgiving meeting, the department pledged to provide first-amendment training to its officers, Wednesday’s letter says. It requests the department to provide details of that training, as well as updates on officer discipline, and results of a meeting among borough task force commanders. But the media groups’ first demand is its most intensive, as it calls for a written response to each case of press interference that’s been brought to the department:

As for Stolarik, he said he hadn’t even reported the interference to the paper. Interference by the police, he said, was “a pretty regular thing,” and by the time he’d finished shooting on Sunday, “I was just so tired.” But tired or not, Stolarik’s become something of an it-boy for the New York press’s showdown with police, at least until other internal investigations start coming to light. 

Update (6:10 p.m. EST): The New York Police Department hasn’t responded to us, but Deputy Commissioner Paul Brown did respond to the letter from The New York Times. In his letter to The Times’ attorneys on Wednesday afternoon, Brown wrote that two incidents involving reporters at the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden last December (including the one involving Stolarik) had resulted in reprimands. But those have been the only two so far.

Brown also outlined the department’s training efforts following The Times’s initial letter, saying 1,600 new officers had received training in dealing with the media, as well as sergeants, inspectors, and bureau commanders throughout the force. Of that training, Browne wrote:

I emphasized 1st Amendment protections, guideline requirements, and addressed specific scenarios. For example, periodically, we receive complaints that an officer may try to deter a photographer, even one positioned outside of the crime scene, from taking the photograph of a dead body before it has been covered. I’ve used this as an example where subject matter is the photographer’s concern, not the officer’s. The message was well received, no objections were voiced, and the commanders said they would do their best to see that policy is adhered to in the field.  I’ll send you training material under separate cover.

99serbia

1. THE STRATEGY OF DISTRACTION

An essential element of social control is the strategy of distraction, which is to divert public attention from problems and important changes decided by the political and economic elites. Through the technique of flooding, constant distractions and trivial information the mind becomes more docile and less critical. The strategy of distraction is also essential in preventing mass interest in science, economics, psychology, neurobiology and cybernetics. “Keep the public busy, busy, busy, with no time to think; back on the farm with the other animals.(Quoted in the text Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars).

2. CREATE PROBLEMS AND OFFER SOLUTIONS

This method is also called “Problem-reaction-solution.” They create a problem, a “situation” to cause some reaction in the audience, so that this becomes the norm of the measures you would accept. For example: ‘let us intensify urban violence, or organize bloody attacks, so that the public becomes more accepting of the laws and policies that are detrimental to their freedom’. Or: create an economic crisis in order for the public to accept as a necessary evil the annulment of social rights and dismantling of public services.

3. THE STRATEGY OF GRADUALISM

To make an unacceptable measure acceptable, gradually apply enough pressure, drop by drop, for a few consecutive years. It is in such a way that new, radical socioeconomic conditions (neoliberalism) were imposed during the 1980s and 1990s the minimal state, privatization, insecurity, flexibility, mass unemployment, wages that do not ensure decent incomes, many changes that would have given rise to a revolution if they had been applied all at once.

4. THE STRATEGY OF DEFERENCE

Another way to accept an unpopular decision is to present it as “painful and necessary”, in order to win over public acceptance at that time. It is easier to accept a future sacrifice than an immediate sacrifice. First of all, because the measure is not used immediately; secondly, because the public, the masses, always have the tendency to expect naively that “everything will improve tomorrow” and that the sacrifice required may be avoided. This gives more time to the public to get used to the idea of change and accept it without resignation when the time comes.

5. ADDRESS THE PUBLIC AS YOU WOULD A LITTLE CHILD

Most ads targeted towards the general public use discourse, arguments, characters with especially childish intonation, often targeting frailty, as if the viewer were a creature of very young age or mentally impaired. The more you try to fool the viewer, the more childish the adopted tone. Why? “If one goes to a person as if she had the age of 12 years or less, then, due to suggestive quality, the other person tends, with some probability, to respond or react without much thought as a person 12 years old or younger would (see “Silent Weapons for quiet wars “)

6. APPEAL TO EMOTIONS RATHER THAN REASON

Make use of Emotional response’ is a classic technique to cause a short circuit on rational analysis and finally the critical sense of the individual. Moreover, appealing to emotions opens the door to the unconscious and makes it easier to implant ideas, desires, fears and doubts, compulsions, or induce behaviors…

7. KEEP THE PUBLIC IN IGNORANCE AND MEDIOCRITY

Make sure the public is incapable of understanding the technologies and methods used to control and enslave. “The quality of education given to the lower social classes should be as poor and mediocre as possible so that the gap of ignorance between the lower classes and upper classes is and remains impossible to achieve for the lower classes (see ‘Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars).

8. ENCOURAGE THE PUBLIC TO BE COMPLACENT TO MEDIOCRITY

Make the public believe that being stupid, vulgar and uneducated is fashionable, while at the same time suffocate culture, science and art that do not conform to the norm.

9. REINFORCE SELF-BLAME

Make the individual believe that he/she is the culprit of their own misfortune and make them doubt their intelligence, their abilities, or their efforts. So, instead of rebelling against the economic system, the individual devalues and blames himself, which generates a depressive state, the purpose of which is to stifle action, and without action, there is no revolution!

10. UNDERSTAND INDIVIDUALS BETTER THAN THEY UNDERSTAND THEMSELVES

During the past 50 years, rapid advances in science have generated a growing knowledge gap between the public and the dominant elites. With biology, neurobiology and applied psychology, the “system” has enjoyed a sophisticated understanding of human beings.. The system has gotten better at knowing the common folk than what he knows of himself. This means that in most cases the system has a greater control over individuals than what the individuals have over themselves.

mainstreamrevolution

mainstreamrevolution:

The Story of Broke (2011)

The United States isn’t broke; we’re the richest country on the planet and a country in which the richest among us are doing exceptionally well. But the truth is, our economy is broken, producing more pollution, greenhouse gasses and garbage than any other country. In these and so many other ways, it just isn’t working. But rather than invest in something better, we continue to keep this ‘dinosaur economy’ on life support with hundreds of billions of dollars of our tax money. The Story of Broke calls for a shift in government spending toward investments in clean, green solutions—renewable energy, safer chemicals and materials, zero waste and more—that can deliver jobs AND a healthier environment. It’s time to rebuild the American Dream; but this time, let’s build it better.

citizen-earth
truedemocracy:

via ACLU:
America’s criminal justice system should keep communities safe, treat people fairly, and use fiscal resources wisely. But more Americans are deprived of their liberty than ever before - unfairly and unnecessarily, with no benefit to public safety. Especially in the face of economic crisis, our government should invest in alternatives to incarceration and make prisons options of last – not first – resort.

truedemocracy:

via ACLU:

America’s criminal justice system should keep communities safe, treat people fairly, and use fiscal resources wisely. But more Americans are deprived of their liberty than ever before - unfairly and unnecessarily, with no benefit to public safety. Especially in the face of economic crisis, our government should invest in alternatives to incarceration and make prisons options of last – not first – resort.

heyspeedy
This is no disrespect to the brave men and women who, in all good conscience serve, in their minds, to protect our freedoms…but…
Let’s not be disingenuous about what soldiers are actually being used to serve. Our freedom? There is a portion that that is true, sure. For that, I am very thankful. But we also must address the obvious fact that soldiers are also being used to preserve our privilege.  
If there is a dwindling supply of a necessary resource, you have two options. Either expend your budget on R&D efforts towards green energy or expend your budget on a war to enable us, imperialistically, to go to another country and control/steal their resources. I think it is clear which option our wall street backed government has chosen. 
Our strong military enables us to cling to a first world way of life by raping other countries of their resources. Hey, I like my privileged way of life. But I cannot be thankful for or condone a war that endangers our soldiers as well as foreign citizens so that I can continue to have that privilege. That isn’t freedom, that is being complicit in a terrible atrocity.
Our freedom is also being attacked at home by banks committing mass fraud against the People, keeping the majority of Americans in debt and servitude, trapped in wage jobs, unable to receive medical care. 
I commend your bravery, I commend your honorable intentions, but please come home and protect us from the internal threats to our freedoms. 

This is no disrespect to the brave men and women who, in all good conscience serve, in their minds, to protect our freedoms…but…

Let’s not be disingenuous about what soldiers are actually being used to serve. Our freedom? There is a portion that that is true, sure. For that, I am very thankful. But we also must address the obvious fact that soldiers are also being used to preserve our privilege.  

If there is a dwindling supply of a necessary resource, you have two options. Either expend your budget on R&D efforts towards green energy or expend your budget on a war to enable us, imperialistically, to go to another country and control/steal their resources. I think it is clear which option our wall street backed government has chosen. 

Our strong military enables us to cling to a first world way of life by raping other countries of their resources. Hey, I like my privileged way of life. But I cannot be thankful for or condone a war that endangers our soldiers as well as foreign citizens so that I can continue to have that privilege. That isn’t freedom, that is being complicit in a terrible atrocity.

Our freedom is also being attacked at home by banks committing mass fraud against the People, keeping the majority of Americans in debt and servitude, trapped in wage jobs, unable to receive medical care. 

I commend your bravery, I commend your honorable intentions, but please come home and protect us from the internal threats to our freedoms. 

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips.” Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
The New Colossus, Emma Lazarus, 1883, engraved on our Statue of Liberty

How about you start feeling?

dearoccupywallstreet:

Take notice that most of the truly poor live in countries run by dictators. Remember that when you’re calling for increased government intervention.

Also, make sure you click the link at the bottom of the article “Now get to know the 1%” Aside from a few who inherited their wealth, many of them started with nothing, started from scratch, and started with a good idea. Also, several of them created products or run businesses that I am sure many of you buy/patronize.

Stop reacting.

Start thinking.

"most of the truly poor live in countries run by dictators"

And dictatorships are defined by a lack of freedoms and an imbalance of powers due to the inability of The People to have their voice heard in government. This is precisely the thing Occupiers are protesting against. Those with money and lobbying powers have an imbalanced control over government affairs. We fear what might happen to this great nation if that imbalance is allowed to continue unchecked. How are you failing to make this connection? 

"many of them started with nothing, started from scratch, and started with a good idea"

I don’t think anyone is against innovation or the idea that one should not benefit from the fruits of one’s labor. What occupiers are against is a corruption of that ideal, lack of transparency, lack of a genuine voice in government, and the simple fact that LOADS of hard working individuals with good ideas must rely on luck simply to get by.

How can any decent human being be selfish enough to think that he deserves, at the expense of everyone else, multi-mansions, jets, 20 cars and $50,000 dinners because he “worked hard” and had a “good idea”? The more you take of your cut leaves less for everyone else, not just in America, but also the slave laborers in thousands of other countries. Can you really, truly, morally or ethically, justify one man deserving so much whilst millions of others deserve so little? If you want to argue down that path, you will run into the neo-nazis and dictators we all know have lost the plot. Not everyone shares the self-serving mentality that a mansion or oppressive power is the goal in life. 

Trust me, we’re already thinking. And not just about ourselves, but our children, our nation, and the entire world. 

When has compassion and empathy served as a destructive and evil force? When has greed and selfishness? 

How about YOU start FEELING? Because America could really use your support.

citizens-concerned

citizens-concerned:

United States Marine Corps. Sgt. Shamar Thomas from Roosevelt, NY went toe to toe with the New York Police Department. An activist in the Occupy Wall Street movement, Thomas voiced his opinions of the NYPD police brutality that had and has been plaguing the #OWS movement.

Thomas is a 24-year-old Marine Veteran (2 tours in Iraq), he currently plays amateur football and is in college.

Thomas comes from a long line of people who sacrifice for their country: Mother, Army Veteran (Iraq), Step father, Army, active duty (Afghanistan), Grand father, Air Force veteran (Vietnam), Great Grand Father Navy veteran (World War II).

—Shared by Elle.