Hello there. I'm part of the 99%. I've been on this Tumblr for a while now, reading & watching almost everything on it. I really wish I lived in the NYC area so I could also go out & protest. But sadly, I do not. I live in a backwater town in Missouri. What I really want to say is, if there is a way for me to take a stand here, I would really like to know.
Yes, of course! Spread the word as much as you can, however you can. Educate your neighbors, friends, family. Educate younger people, teenagers. Find out how they are struggling economically- foreclosures, lack of jobs, educational cuts, etc. Tweet about it, share it on Facebook, write a brief, concise article and try submitting it to your local newspaper as an article or op-ed. Make flyers- hand-make them if you have to and pass them out. Contact the NYPD, Bloomberg, the Boston PD, wherever you see injustice and appeal to have them release the arrested. Investigate the corruption in your town or state (look into injustices by banks- search for “robo-signing” as an example, connections of representatives to big corporations, etc) and expose them. Do so anonymously if you need to.
Connect with the other Missouri groups and ask them how you can help, even if you can’t get to the protests. Not everyone can make it the to occupations, for all sorts of reasons. I’ll only be able to get to the one closest to me a day or two a week. Some are disabled and can’t make it at all, some don’t have the finances. Right now, what we need most (IMO), is getting the word out to people, what this movement is about. Figure out how to appeal to those around you if you can. It’s not a political movement- it affects all parties. Start by sharing how the postal service is getting screwed. Especially if you live in a rural area, this is something that can have a big impact on your community, and it’s something that people are uneducated about, but could get behind if they knew the facts.
You don’t have to be there to be a part of it. I’ll try to answer more in the next day or two but will go ahead and post this. Hopefully others will respond with other ideas.