ON SUNDAY January 15, on Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, Occupy Vancouver joins Occupy Wall Street in calling upon everyone who dreams of peace and a better world to join us for a candlelight vigil, at the Vancouver Art Gallery, at 7pm.
The message of equality, mutual aid, and love, has perhaps never been so clearly expressed than in Dr. King’s 1963 “I have a dream” speech. We recall that thisspeech was delivered after a day of protest and demonstration. We recall that this speech was delivered at the doorstep of a nation’s government, in front of hundreds of thousands people, of all races and genders and ages, who had that day joined in peaceful civil disobedience, in a time of great crisis and violence, in the face of seemingly insurmountable racial and economic divisions. We recall this message of
hope, this sharp flash of the imagination, because this dream is still to be fulfilled, and we are still dreaming.
At Occupy Vancouver, we also have a dream. It is a dream of economic and social equality, a dream of a healthy and health-giving environment in which people live in balance with natural ecosystems, and prove themselves to be good stewards of the natural world, rather than its destroyers. It is a dream where all our voices are heard and all of us are empowered to build a world of peace, balance, and futurity together. It is a dream of a world where indigenous rights and traditions are respected and honoured, and where we are all guided by a sense of mutual respect and support, rather than greed and competition.
It is an age-old dream…but it is no less desirable, no less necessary, no less our hope today. We are occupying a dream. We are occupying for a dream. Join us Sunday night.
“We cannot walk alone…We cannot turn back…”
Watch “Occupy the Dream” by Velcrow Ripper