If you have watched the video of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. give the I Have a Dream speech, you know the passion that was behind that message. Rev. King was a true leader, courageous, compassionate, strong-willed and a flawed human, as we all are. It was his humanity that drew people to him. He was magnetic in his energy, inviting people to join the cause of freedom for all people.
Here we are, decades later, with a rising tide of discontent across America. The Occupy movement can be found in every state and in the smallest communities as well as the most populated. People are becoming informed and voicing their realities about the issues affecting their lives. There is no real leader of #Occupy, yet the movement and actions continue to grow.
Today, many people have connected with and learned more about #OccupytheDream. On Tuesday, January 17th, many people who have connected with the ideas of #Occupy will arrive in Washington, DC for #OccupyCongress. It has been a hard road to get there. There are stories of people riding public buses from the west coast who were let off because the bus driver was not an #Occupy supporter. Before the day is over, there will be more stories.
#OccupyCongress is only one day. There will be a volume of people who want to be heard. When Rev. King began talking about changing the rules, having a say and gathering people who believed as he did to take action, there was a similar volume of people who wanted to be heard. It is the nature of life, people want to be acknowledged, know they are valued and create the change they desire.
Whatever your feelings about Rev. King and the way he moved forward towards change, or your feelings about how the #Occupy movement is moving forward today, both have a message that cannot be ignored. The problems of today need solutions, for the present and the generations to come. People will find a way to be heard.