From the Occupy Northwest Arkansas Webpage
As the energy of the Occupy movement shifts to other larger cities such as Oakland, the movement continues to grow in smaller towns throughout the southern and midwestern U.S.
This past week Occupy Northwest Arkansas Movement released their webpage with information about the NWA occupation beginning Novemeber 12th. Although it’s still somewhat under construction, the site contains valuable pieces of information and provides a snapshot of one smaller city’s response to the Occupy movement. As a quick aside, if you’re interested in reading more about the Occupy movement in rural areas be sure and follow the posts from our good friends at the Art of the Rural.
Much has been written about the Occupy movement in cities, and a handful of writers are tackling concepts of the Occupy movement in more rural areas. But what does it look like in the small cities and larger towns that walk fine lines between rural and urban? Fayetteville provides one example.
Here’s their answer to the question “Why Do We Occupy?”
Everyone knows that our system is broken. Everyone knows that our politicians are bought and paid for by lobbyists. Everyone knows that Wall Street, the big banks and the major corporations are making money hand over fist while the average folks are getting squeezed harder and harder. Everyone knows that people are losing their jobs, their homes, their medical coverage, their retirement savings, without any sign of the economy getting any better. We all know these things. At its core, the Occupy movement is simple. People know these things and they are fed up. They have had enough. The real question right now is: What do we do about all of this?
The first thing we have to do is start coming together as ordinary people and start talking to each other as people. The second thing we have to do is to learn how to talk to each other and work with each other, even when we disagree with each other. Modern pop culture teaches us that if someone disagrees with us, we should scream at them, call them names, attack them, fight them, and ultimately try to destroy them. We need to find better ways. We need to find the places where we can agree and work together. When we disagree, we need to learn how to disagree without trying to tear each other apart.
Why is all this important? If we can come together and start talking to each other, if we can learn to work together even if we disagree in some places, then we can, as a unified and strong people, begin to make the changes necessary to start healing our poor, broken country. That’s why we Occupy. That’s what we are doing during our Occupation. That’s why we ask you to join us. Let us stand together, work together, to heal our country.
What I found particulary interesting and helpful about this Occupy Northwest Arkansas site is the link entitled “Support Local.” The drop down menu has a link for everything from “grocery” to “transportation.” Once you choose a link on the drop down menu, the site provides a list of local businesses serving those needs. More local businesses are being added daily.
The northwest Arkansas area is a community known for its thriving local business economy, a place where people work hard to make it possible to shop locally.
This calls to mind one of the more prevalent local-economy images that have been floating around online. I’m sure you’ve seen it.
And here’s another example of an infographic tha has also been going around from Occupy Long Island:
From Occupy Oakland
The Occupy movement is raising awareness of the role of local economies, whether they be rural, urban, or somewhere inbetween. And the Occupy Northwest Arkansas webpage provides a great source not only of information, but opportunities for everyday action for all those looking to support a more local economy.
Do you know of other useful websites affiliated with the Occupy movement? Others that have a local economy focus like Occupy NWA?