Lois Cordova: Moving Toward A New World – October 26, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Occupy movement to me is a cry from the people of this country, and now from the world, that we exist. Yes, us, people. We exist. Separation of corporation and state is a great beginning. But I see and hear more and deeper discussions going on.

Too long, the poor and getting poorer have not had any voice in the processes that maintain a system that exists for itself, and not for the people, the citizens “the system” ostensibly serves. Top to bottom, local to national to global, we have lost our collective heart.

Money speaks. Money buys politicians and policy and law. “Helping” the poor has become designing one size fits all “programs” where boxes are checked and a path laid out that ends up not accomplishing much, if anything at all.

For instance, the “welfare to work” programs that disregard many obstacles to actually getting and keeping a job, like, where ARE those jobs?  (I worked with this “population” for several years).

There is a built-in assumption any employed individual will “advance” and get raises and health insurance etc. We are told if we work hard we can “succeed.” Why are so many very hardworking folks now without jobs, losing their homes, hungry?

We live in a world where it is somehow OK for our neighbors to be hungry while we all talk about it. It is OK for people to to be houseless while we all talk about it. It is OK to not even have a public restroom while we all talk about it.

It is time to stop talking about it and JUST DO IT.

We finally have an opportunity to change our world into a place where we can all truly live and thrive instead of working 16-hour days in two jobs just to pay the mortgage and the essential bills and keep food on the table.

It is an opportunity to rebuild our communities to places where “it takes a village to raise a child” is not a campaign slogan, but a PRACTICE to which we are all committed.

I truly want to see the day when “we had to fight City Hall just to feed people” is a distant and embarrassing social memory.

I want to see a world where all labor and effort is valued, and where no one is hungry and where there is a safe place to sleep at night for everyone; where I have a say as to how my taxes are spent and that most of those dollars remain in the community in which I live.

I want to see a world where we simply do not ever cut educational funding. Our children are the future. I do not understand scrimping on the education of our children nor in devaluing the teachers who work so hard to educate our children.

I want to see a world where we value and respect one another rather than bicker and fight and focus on our differences and use those to continue to bicker rather than making sure our neighbors are truly OK, regardless of their beliefs or lifestyle.

In the Occupy movement I see a place where everyone has an equal place at the table and bullying is not allowed. No one is “more important” by virtue of what they HAVE. No voice is louder than that of any other.

I see a place where caring about one another is the highest priority. It all begins inside of each of us, of committing to really listening, to a high sense of personal integrity, to caring about one another and not “what can I get out of it?”

I see a place where by being our best selves we realize that I am no stronger than my weakest neighbor. I am only strong when I am PART of a thriving community.

My community cannot thrive unless every last individual does not want for essential human needs.

I am one voice. What I see occurring and want to participate in is a place we amplify each other’s voice and together we are really heard.

There is not hierarchy. There is respect.

Lois Cordova is a participant in Occupy Arcata.


5 Responses to “Lois Cordova: Moving Toward A New World – October 26, 2011”

  1. Frank Rizzo

    Socialist drivel. She lost me at the “bullying is not allowed” as I look out onto the Arcata Plaza with the current assemblage present. I can not, and will not, take my children there now. So much for respect lady.

  2. on the fence

    Prior to yesterday I was against the tactics of Occupy Arcata. After visiting the plaza last night I realized that it is the police who are not doing there jobs at this point. The organizers of OA are doing their best to keep things peaceful, clean, and under control. However, the individuals who are causing problems and making the plaza unsafe and unsavory are not actually members of OA. They are the transient community who were already on the plaza, already causing problems, and now they have moved from the north west corner of the plaza to the center in an attempt to use OA as a get out of jail free card, as an excuse to be more rowdy than usual. The people there for OA are just as annoyed and upset by this happening as the rest of the community is. So, where are the police? Why are they not doing their jobs? Why are tickets not being written for open containers, public drunkeness, smoking on the plaza, setting up tents on the plaza? Why arent these small issues being addressed and taken care of, to keep things nicer for everyone, Occupiers and everyone else who wants to enjoy the plaza? I feel that Lois is rather well spoken, and the things she wants and hopes for are fair. every human deserves to have their basic human needs met, and in a country that spends BILLIONS on waging war in countries that do not want or need us there, it does seem strange that our own men and women and children are left hungry and homeless. It is sickening that while bank CEOs and politicians get more and more spend more and more lie more and more cheat more and more the average working class american citizen, the one s who pay taxes, who have jobs, who are trying- really really trying to play the game by the “their” rules these peoplebasic are losing jobs, unable to buy food unable to pay their rents or mortgages. That is what the Occupy movement is about, and I think most all of us here are a part of the 99% that in other parts of the world and this country is speaking up, saying no more. Unfortunately that has been lost on our little community. Instead of everyone coming together and fighting for ALL of our rights, EVERYONES rights it has turned into another squable on a local level further dividing the haves from the have nots. It has become an argument about wsomeone being allowed to use a toilet to take a shit. The argument against it, there is no money, people may use drugs in it…. well, perhaps our town, our state should become more self sufficient, decide not to partake in federal government and their bullshit taxes and instead invest that money into our community, build and maintain a restroom and while we’re at it, begin rehabilitation programs for those in our community who are unable to work due to drug addiction. I know, of course this is but on small thing but i just feel everyone is losing sight of the goal, or perhaps never knew the goal to begin with because the OA movement is so terribly unorganized and thus far has been fueled by Trish’s ego. I implore everyone to take a step back, and to see things as they are. Our government is corrupt. Our banks are corrupt. When something has gone bad, doesnt work any more, do you generally continue to try to use it with out repairs? Do you continue to “beat a dead horse” so to speak, or do you move on? If everyone recognizes how corrupt everything is, and if everyone decides to just walk away, to stop participating in the corruption, then the things that are corrupt become obsolete. Powerless. The moment we decide to do something different, anything different, is the moment we take our power back. It is time we stop letting “them” win.

  3. Toohey

    Enough with all the talk just give me the free stuff. I like stuff others pay for which they must to give me else I’ll call then bad names.
    –This seems to be the essence of OWS. Freedom without responsibility is an ugly thing and all too common in Arcata.

  4. Susan

    I support change, both monetarily and in, I hope, the way I live. But as I walked through the Plaza a couple of weekends ago, I was asked for money by a protester and when I said “I’m sorry” he asked if I was going to eat steak.

    I get that this was just one person. And I’m glad to see people tangibly representing many views that I hold. I also get that in just about any situation there are people who would rather snipe and tear down than work for change with respect and dignity. I just wish they’d stay home.

  5. CodyMon

    Ms Cordova,

    I am currently considering suing you in small claims court.

    I think I can make a case that you are disrupting my financial endeavors, and jeapordizing my future(I own BofA stock). I also think that by encouraging diruptive behaviors and inciting and organizing protesters and consequently failing to control them; you have acted negligently and you have lowered my quality of life and reasonable expectation of happiness. It only costs about thirty bucks to file a claim and if I and a few hundred other people did the same, we could effectively tie up the whole of your leadership in court. Heck, we might even win. How am I doing on the “Community Organizer” gig?


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