11 simple ways to support the occupy movement without sleeping in a park

1. Understand the Movement

Chances are, you’ll find yourself in a conversation about Occupy-something sometime soon.  One of the most important things you can do, short of sleeping in a park, is be able to intelligently defend and support the movement in conversation.

To begin, make some time to do a bit of preliminary reading.  Here are some articles and videos I recommend in the short term to get yourself hip to the overal messages.  Bookmark it, if you like.  I’ll be adding to the list over time.

Don’t parrot the mainstream media’s take on Occupy Wall Street.  They mostly get it wrong.

2. Don’t Be Afraid to Say You Support Occupy Wall Street

I know people who absolutely support the ideology of OWS, but who remain silent as church mice on the topic. I also know people who kinda like the idea, but aren’t really sure they want to align themselves just yet.

Here’s a little tough love for you: If you’re not helping, you’re hindering. That’s the truth of it. We all have our lives, our work, the pressing needs of our unique realities to deal with. But out there are hundreds of people taking a break from their own demanding realities to sleep on the ground, in the rain, making themselves vulnerable to police aggression and whatever other intrusions come with sleeping night after night in a public place under scrutiny.

If you like the idea of OWS, and feel excited about the sorts of changes we might begin to see in our society, say so. Out loud. To friends, family and partners. On the internet. In line at the grocery store. Talk to people. Talk about the movement. Apathy’s not cool any more.

3. Follow the Movement on Social Media

This is a short for-starters list.  Start liking and following these folks and you’ll probably be inspired (by posts and retweets) to follow others.  Don’t forget to retweet and repost messages that move you.

Groups / Pages to follow on Facebook
  • Occupy Wall St.
  • Occupy Together
  • I Acknowledge Class Warfare Exists
People / Groups to Follow on Twitter
  • @OccupyTogether
  • @OccupyWallSt
  • @ExiledSurfer <– I don’t really know who this guy is, but his tweets are informative
  • @GlobalRevLive

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