The Occupy Moment

The Occupy Moment
Oct. 17, 2011 05:00pm | katieteague

A month into the Occupy Wall Street movement and, like many of you, I have been watching, reading, talking, participating, and learning with fervor.  All the while, feeling a great upwelling of inspiration at what we are witness to, with no one certain as to its outcome, with no one specific in control. The old guard in us trembles at the notion, but something greater in our hearts gives way to the taste of possibility, of something real afoot.

I’ve been eager to put fingers to keyboard in efforts to articulate the nuances of my reflections and feelings but have yielded instead to the consuming work of filming and digesting the varied perspectives of others. There is a rush to name and conceptualize what is unfolding, this is natural. But I feel there is no name yet for the potential of what is emerging.  It’s organic, messy and autopoetic. Life at its creative best. The people re-claiming the integrity of democracy and Life re-claiming its heritage, taking a stand for its inherent beauty and worth. Perhaps taking itself to the next order of creation along the way.

I’ve had the good fortune to be in Nashville, Tennessee the day Occupy Nashville kicked off.  And then again was in Chicago on the day the labor unions marched with Occupy Chicago in Take Back Chicago!  And am leaving in two days for NYC to visit Zuccotti Park.  Needless to say, I am taking my camera with me.

Between here and there, I was able to stitch together enough time to quickly cut a segment from Occupy Chicago.  Instead of more words, I leave you with the moving image.  With more to come.