So much of what is happening in our country and world feels surreal, yet has been seen before. This video journal entry expresses a witnessing of Occupy SF on the night of Nov. 19. In anticipation of a raid, I went down to the Embarcadero, where the seasonal lights on the Ferry Building and the Embarcadero Four Buildings had just been lit for the shopping season ahead. The police were staking out along the streets as I arrived. The raid goal was to dismantle the encampment in front of the Federal Reserve Building. Six protestors were arrested.
The conditions at the camp have been a bit filthy, according to serious occupiers with whom I spokeEfforts have been made clean up quite a bit and the homeless and violent drunks that have plagued the camp with an aggressive tone have been sequestered. Organizing an organic movement which hopes to displace authoritarianism with compassion has many challenges, not the least of which is we still need natural leaders, as unwilling as they may be, to step up, articulate the issues and teach the others.
There will always be those in our society who have come to freeload, but in this rising culture of compassion, I have faith that our true menace will be challenged, through non-violent and sustained peaceful revolution.
Music: "Tribal Duets" was originally commissioned by the Joe Goode Performance Group and composed by
Matt Brubeck, Elaine Buckholtz, Beth Custer, Gino Robair, and Julian Smedley.