As we all jumped into the post-election fray, somewhere among all the talking heads and talking points, some things became abundantly clear; that the system is broken. Too many Americans feel that the candidates for the major parties do not address our needs nor do we feel that candidates who reflect the ideals we have for the future of this country and for our families are given serious consideration in our political system. The two-party system has run its course. The current political situation leaves a huge swath of America feeling left out and ignored completely. We feel forced into choosing the lesser of two evils, which only leads to a slow downward spiral away from the progress we so desperately need.
Occupy Inauguration is a movement about the people and the issues, not the candidates. For any meaningful change to take place, we need a movement that works from the bottom up so our concerns can move front and center and can be addressed. This is an opportunity to turn our dissatisfaction into direct action in order to move this country not only forward, but forward in a way that leaves no citizen behind to protect the most vulnerable among us. Occupy Inauguration is the opportunity to combine the resources so many of us compiled and skills that we fostered during the election and keep the power of “us” on a forward trajectory.
Whatever greatness America has ever embodied was never due to governmental forces but due to a populace who came together time and time again to help one another. Our greatness was born of necessity and driven by individual passions to make life better for everyone and not an elite few. This is the time and the opportunity to stand for something when it truly counts, not as a rote platitude but as a commitment to our future.
See you in D.C. January 20, 2017.