“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”
Throughout the country Americans are beginning to emerge from a cocoon of complacency that has kept them silent about issues that seriously affect their lives. These people have allowed others to speak for them while they maintained their imperceptible status in a world that produced the illusion of freedom and happiness. They passed by problems mute, afraid to break the silence that would draw the attention of accountability and responsibility into their lives.
Now, like a toddler, just beginning to find its voice, the Occupy movement is speaking up and speaking out. Their shouts are loud and their message is sometimes unclear but the intensity of their voice is real and impassioned as they draw the attention of any and every injustice they encounter.
Many may not understand them or their message but one thing is clear, they are no longer willing to be a part of the silent majority. They are no longer content with going quietly into that goodnight. They have found their voice and they are going to use it, exercise it, strengthen it, and make it heard.
The movement drew attention to the fact that the Board had illegally contracted with Ray & Associates search firm and the result was yet another counterfeit move by the Board to create a search committee without community input.
Occupy Rochester raised its voice again, louder this time, at the superintendent search committee meeting, drawing after-the-fact media attention. They were invited by Board President Evans to raise their voice again at the public forum on Saturday.
Like or dislike their methods, the Occupy Rochester movement is, together with Occupy movements evolving across the country, creating change in the way things are being done. They are bringing power back to the people, they are bringing democracy back to America.
Fortunately, the benefits of their efforts will affect all of us, even those who cannot speak for themselves, our children.
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