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12 Reasons “It’s A Wonderful Life” is like Occupy Wall Street

Occupy The Movies:
A dozen reasons the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life” is just like
the Occupy Wall Street movement:

Occupy Wall Street: Making signsYou have probably seen the movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life”, starring Jimmy Stewart. It is based on the 1943 short story “The Greatest Gift” by Philip Van Doren Stern. Though, it all could be happening right now…

1. Handmade Signs

In It’s a Wonderful Life, Mary Hatch Bailey (played by Donna Reed) makes a hand-painted sign that reads, “George Lassos The Moon”.

The Occupy movement is known for its thousands of hand-made protest signs. We have some sample photos at our onthewilderside Flickr: here.

2. Place names get switched back and forth, in a struggle with the 1%. Continue reading 12 Reasons “It’s A Wonderful Life” is like Occupy Wall Street

Going Down The Road: Peace Song for 11/2/2011

Going Down The Road” by Woody Guthrie and Lee Hays is the Peace Song of the Day for Wednesday, November 2, 2011. You can find the lyrics to this song in The Rise Up Singing songbook on page 181.

This song is dedicated to the folks at Occupy Oakland and the City of Oakland, who are holding a general strike today, including a march to the port. There is live blogging at a local newspaper: here.

Continue reading Going Down The Road: Peace Song for 11/2/2011

Long Island New York: Street Scene from July 2011

Susanna, Duchess of Peace writes: Today, I went out to run errands, and took my camera with me. I was hoping to see some sign of the times — like when I was on our Royal Peace Tour and saw a peace bumper sticker. One scene I observed was this woman, on a busy street near the shopping malls in Nassau County. She was dressed in a long, denim skirt. She was walking up and down the median, holding up a cardboard sign to the cars waiting for the red light. The sign asked for money for her and the children she had to support.

This image seems like a sign of the times for me, considering the high unemployment rate and the state of the economy. To get to peace, we have to build an economy where everyone who wants to work can work in a job with dignity.