Want to Make History?
I believe these are historic times. Tunisia topples its regime…then Egypt. People are protesting from Libya to Bahrain to Yemen to Jordan. Though each country has its unique challenges, the common denominator is people gathering and giving voice to their values- and some dying for them.
As amazing as this rallying cry is, I am more amazed at how it began. Do you know how?
One man in a small town in Tunisia was selling his products at the market. A policeman removed his scale, preventing him from earning the few dollars a day needed to support his family. He went to the police station and asked for his scale. They refused to give it back to him. He returned later, stood in the middle of the street, dowsed himself with kerosene and lit a match. (Signs at right: No Money, No Voice.)
From the courage of one individual man, people around the world have been inspired to take action.
And it’s now reached our U.S. shores, beginning in Wisconsin.
How does what’s happening in Wisconsin affect me? Today, I benefit from what unions fought for over 50 years ago- the right to have collective bargaining- which resulted in a 5 day, 40 hour work week, and healthier workplaces. (Sign at right: We are all Wisconsin.)
I also believe this fight is about preserving and growing our middle class rather than widening the gap between the haves and the have-nots. I believe the middle class is critical to the survival of any democracy. (Sign at right: United we bargain. Divided we beg.)
So this past weekend on my day off, I gathered with them, took action, (took these pictures), and gave voice to my values.
This is the time to investigate our values and take action. We are living in historic times. Are you making history?
Look forward to hearing what you think,
Beyond Body Mind Spirit NYC