I’m soooper-busy with teaching and looking for work and trying to live, which is far more effortful than it should be, so it’s easy for me to say “I don’t have time for activism.” But currently, some chances for activism going on in my neighborhood this weekend relative to two causes that deeply concern me, that make “trying to live” way more effortful than it should be, and that I’d like to bring to your attention.
The first is SlutWalk NYC. We’ve discussed them here before (and do re-read that link; this protest is not without its issues), and maybe you’ve already gotten involved in one in your area. But if you’re ’round these-here parts, Saturday is the day. Meet at Union Square at 11am to make signs, or at 12 noon to start the march. Are you going? Do you wanna meet me there?
Occupy Wall Street you may not have heard much about. That’s not an accident or fault of yours; the coverage in the mainstream media has been abysmal here in the US–and not by accident, I believe. The several hundred young people who have been living in Downtown Manhattan for going on two weeks now (!) have mostly been criticized, downplayed, or mocked (most notably by the Times) or simply ignored by national/network news–even NPR–who, when buttonholed by listeners, offered a weak-sauce excuse (and now are starting to cover it). I don’t know about cable coverage, since I am cable-less. I know the rockin’ Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! has been on top of it, but is Maddow covering this? Colbert? Stewart? Olberman? …Bueller?