Occupying Ports Concerns

Standing in solidarity with a Seattle Union of longshore man who are being subjected to union busting the Occupy movement turns it’s sights to the Ports of Vancouver. “I understand where they are coming from but they just seem like very angry people…kind of blinded and avoid or don’t get into exposing the specific issues. They are still important points but it still feels too general. I’m worried they are loosing support,” Michael Harrhy a concerned Canadian citizen states. The targets of the recent Occupy Ports Protest were  terminal operators SSA Marine [Read More]

 

  I am shocked to see how many people do not seem to support the Occupy Movement. Many of my classmates, and indeed some of my close friends continue to find fault with some aspect of it. While there are some characteristics that I myself question, as a whole, I support the movement, and I believe in it.   Some faction of society has criticized every great movement when it began. Think of the movement to end slavery, or the movement for women’s rights. This doesn’t mean that it will [Read More]

 

The following is taken from a class discussion that was held by our Ecological Anthropology 360 class (the creators of this blog). We thought it important to have a group discussion about the Occupy Movement to get a sense of people’s thoughts, and share our ideas with each other. We had previously spent weeks researching what others thought and said about the movement and hadn’t had a chance to find out what our own thoughts were as a class.   We opened with a very general question:   Do you [Read More]

 
Crisis: Part of Ecological Cycles?

.          The Occupy Movement, above all is a cry for help.  When it began it was leaderless, without demands, without social prerequisites to join in the call of distress.  The only agreement everyone can make – across the board – is that change needs to happen.  The system needs correction.  How to do this and where to start, is another matter.  What should come first and who should do it are issues with a plethora of differing opinions. .          In my interview with Joel Bellenson, a genetic engineer, computer programmer [Read More]

 
Let’s Allow for Socioeconomic Collapse Sooner rather than Later

Many of us have been in a messy breakup, prolonging the agony, thinking that perhaps this time if we make this change it will be better, but in the back of your mind all along you knew you needed to end it and start anew. Unfortunately, by the time the inevitable breakup decision finally arrived, you or your partner or both of you were so very emotional broken. You should have ended it sooner. You should have stopped trying to fix the surface problems of your relationship when the real [Read More]

 
Reflection on Ronald Wright’s talk and Occupy Movement

Ronald Wright, author of A Short History of Progress, spoke at UBC on Monday December 5th, 2011 (Homo sapiens: Repeat Offender).  There is no online video of the lecture, but a summary can be found here: http://beatymuseum.ubc.ca/blog/ronald-wright-lecture-recap . The lecture talked about how economics and our lifestyle choices are having increasingly irreversible impacts on the environment and biodiversity.  Mass extinctions follow human migration throughout time, but now that we are all over the world it seems that all species are at risk.  In the closing remarks and question period, the [Read More]

 
Would Collapse be Preferable?

  The Occupy movement can be characterized as movement to alter the course of society. Predicting dire circumstances in the future (economic and environmental), individuals are consciously attempting to change the path that our system is on. Perhaps this is all for not though. When we look at classic adaptive model used in resilience theory, comprehensive reorganization only occurs when the system has completely collapsed. The protests and the changing that they want to see implemented in my opinion will prevent or at very least postpone the eventual collapse that [Read More]

 
Occupy Vancouver: Movement or Movements?

Looking at the Occupy Vancouver list of demands, one gets the feeling that the Occupy “movement” is not a single unified entity but rather a collection of people with distinct agendas. Their demands touch everything from bank interest rates to the use of pesticides.   While the demands do represent legitimate problems that Canadian society faces, the list as a whole does not represent a single movement. What began on Wall Street as a protest against economic policy has morphed into a society-wide set of movements that have been grouped [Read More]

 
The 99% in Perspective

This post has been produced by Sharlene and Michele. In the many and diverse voices that I hear coming out of the 99% the loudest one is calling for “more equality!” How catchy, just and noble! …But lets step aside from all these voices, take a deep breath and ponder about our position in the world… As part of the 99%, are we really so worse off? The 99%! …and the 99TH% WE don’t have to go too far to realize how lucky we are and how well off we [Read More]

 

Occupy Wall Street has spread beyond New York City and is now active all over the globe in up 1,500 cities. The movement has grounding in the number of people upset with the way the economy has been damaged by a few rich individuals (the 1%). The social movement has the possibility to put pressure on those in power to institute change but for this to happen, collective action needs to be combined with a collective goal. Inspired by the social uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, the Occupy movement’s aim [Read More]

 7 December 2011  Posted by mikhelsa perspectives ,  No Responses »
 

“I am Not Moving” is a short film that illustrates America’s support for free speech and peoples’ rights…unless it occurs on our own continent.     I find this video chilling. It brings to light the hypocrisy of the North American political system and exposes the government’s desire to act only when it benefits them. The politicians in the clip are describing movements around the world, in Libya, Egypt, Iran and other countries, where the people are protesting and demanding their universal rights. They advocate in support of these people [Read More]