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Month: October, 2011

Teachers: Leave Us Kids Alone

 Broken down to its simplest elements, education is nothing more than a  prolonged series of questions and answers. Until one begins to ask  questions, they will never receive answers. As a result, they will never  have the opportunity to learn.

Therefore, as educators, we must instill curiosity, not intelligence; as  students, we must remain wondering. Without curiosity, and the ability  to satisfy it, we will perpetually exist as consumers instead of producers.  It is our ability to produce that once made us a great nation—the  automobile, the space shuttle, Hollywood movies, fast food. But our  ability to self-sustain has withered with our desire to wonder,  jeopardizing our way of life.

Of course, our formal educational systems must provide the tools necessary to enable learning, but we believe that education is not an export unique to traditional schooling systems. Grading systems have become politicized at the hands of hapless bureaucrats, relegating education to a process of conformity. We believe that education is not solely accumulated in the classroom, but through a series of life experiences. Education is best borne out of necessity.

When people first started to settle in the Midwest, one rancher faced the problem of keeping his cattle from wandering off of the property. So he created a fence with sharp barbs in order to contain the cattle. This eventually gave berth barbed wire.

Unfortunately, we are currently restricted by a mental barbed wire. And we must hop the fence.

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Occupy Staten Island March on Gateway

Occupy Staten Island

Saturday October 22, 2011 – 10:00 a.m.

Gateway Park, Great Kills, Staten Island

Hylan Boulevard and Buffalo St.

Casual Attire – Feel free to walk, run, jog, roller blade, roller skate, bike, etc.

**Bring a sign to support the cause. Or don’t.

e-mail occupychapmans@gmail.com for more info

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

We shall decree that our goals are not brash or bold. We shall normally maintain over stirring the pot but not this day. Together we have spoken out over the injustices placed on our united people. Out society has values which we’ve instilled in our youth. Our aged generation has found these values invalid. Validation which we all deserve but from who?

To determine our villains we find ourselves facing a perplexing conundrum. The ideals of a proper villain are shown to our generation through television and cinema. Aside from documentaries our perfect visions of evil are limited to fictional characters. Sorry to say but we just don’t know who to battle.
We have two options in government or corporations but which to battle is decidedly difficult. We beg and plead our government not to remain uninvolved leaving our corporations to run rampant on our society. If we blame corporations we blame the very actions and values capitalism is based on. The mighty shall prosper but the middle class shall be burdened with the weight of society. It will always be our burden to carry, which is why we gather in these days of need.

We must be held accountable for our actions. We must hold our faults against ourselves before we fight our fight with purity. And our message must be pure for it to be honored. We must admit to our greed. We must admit to our own naivety and gluttony. And most of all, our wrath, at least in a metaphysical manner. Without the admission of guilt we cannot be held blameless in our societal issues that we claim as injustices.

Without blame there can be no consequences. Without victims there can be no blame. For there to be a victim, they, being said victim, must be blameless in the current situation. For the longest time, we fought fire with fire. With our changing times we eventually must change with them. We are at the precipice of change but we must change ourselves before we alter the world. Changing one’s self is sadly more difficult than changing the world. But it is infinitely more possible.

The possibilities at hand are within our grasps but we must gather them as one. We have created a group, we have created unity, but we have not created a unified message. We need to believe together in one ideal–a significant unified message screaming into the night and day with passion our generation has never seen before. We appreciate the compassion and contempt. We believe in a change and that time is now. We demand a change.
Our demands are simple. It starts with us. Once we change we will further our progress, but our demands start with ourselves. We must demand more of ourselves, more of our ambitions, a more perfect union. We come closer to striving for our best possible society for the people but that should not be our goal. The people hold the power to change but do not waste that power. Change can be made for the better without sacrificing our great nation. This nation is still a great one because our people make it great. Do not give our people a poor name due to our greed. There is an answer within compromise but compromise cannot be gained until a single unified message can be obtained. Gain solidarity. Gain unification. Create the ideal fit for all accompanied parties before we choose our next path. But please choose wisely for it is the people who take the brunt of our accumulated pain. As we stay strong our message will remain. A message more important than society itself. Stay strong. Stay unified. Stay on our message for it will be the lasting words of our generation.

EVENT NOTICE!

The Official Occupy Chapman Cocktail Party

E-mail occupychampans@gmail.com for more info and RSVP.

Time
Wednesday, November 23 at 10:00pm – November 25 at 1:00am

Location

A Treatise on Modern Discontent

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands,” the 99% must take to the streets and to the Tweets.

It seems like we have reached a great precipice in human history.  In the past couple of years we have witnessed revolts in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Iran, Bahrain just to name a few.

Someone asked me the other day: “What’s that country where all the people are revolting?”

“Throw a dart at a map,” I said.

In the United States, the seeds of discontent have flourished in the forms of protests, sit-ins and live-ins.  We now refer to this grassroots movement as Occupy Wall Street, but the protests have spread to Chicago, Nashville, Denver, Washington D.C., and “the hood.”  (And of course, Chapman.)

Since armed rebels haven’t run amok on Wall Street, it may seem slightly hyperbolic to compare the United States to Libya and Iran.  But despite the glaringly obvious differences between these countries, they share a common yearning for institutional reform.  We share their spirit.

Some try to discredit the Occupy movement as a group of societal misfits who trumpet a muddled message.  The criticism comes mostly from those who say we’re uninformed and apathetic.  The Occupy protests prove that this generation cares about civic participation and the welfare of the country.

As for a message? You don’t need a campaign platform to understand that this country is fucked up.  Instead of chasing the American Dream, we now chase American Survival…Human Survival.  We want a better quality of life.

If you asked a protestor what they wanted, they would probably say: a job.  At the bare minimum, they would want their three jobs to generate enough income to pay their bills.  Sometimes there’s beauty in the simplicity of the message.

This is a Howard Beale moment.  We’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore!

Postscript: I can’t ignore the irony of the quote I used to start this treatise.  In 2011, the quote’s author, Thomas Jefferson, would likely be characterized as what call a one-percenter.  Don’t get me wrong!  I love me some Jefferson.  I’m all about that Louisiana Purchase, but if that quote were written today, it would probably endure various legal and public relations scrutiny and sound a lot like this:

“The top 1 percent of New Yorkers pay over 40 percent of all income taxes, providing huge benefits to everyone in our city and state,” said some jerkoff hedge-fund manager.