Several weeks ago, I visited Occupy Boston at Dewey Square. I wanted to find about teaching yoga there but I also wanted to take in the atmosphere and meet some people. I left impressed and inspired by people’s dedication and motivation. Additionally, I felt pride, particularly for those in my generation.
A couple of years ago, I read an article in the newspaper (or maybe a magazine article) about how my generation, Y, is complacent. Whereas our parents, the Baby Boomers, were protesting the Vietnam War and other great causes, Generation Y had not done much about 9/11, the war, or the economy. And so, the author concluded that we were lazy (as well as others) and lacked political activism and solidarity. Well, I think the Occupy Movement has proven that Generation Y does care and that we will act.
In fact, most of the participants and dwellers of Occupy Boston were students or young professionals under the age of 35. I’m not sure if this holds true at other Occupy movements, but I’m sure Generation Y make up a significant portion. While the current economic situation is affecting most families and individuals, I think we are one of the hardest hit groups. Not only are we in debt from our school loans, but we can’t even get jobs to pay off our loans. So while Generation Y may have been less eager to protest before, now we demand a revolution.
If you haven’t visited Occupy Boston, or the closest Occupy movement to you, I urge you to do so. Try to leave behind your doubts, fears, and expectations. Just go experience it for yourself.
“This gathering is not about being ‘against’ something or someone. It is about being ‘for’ unity, freedom of speech, and justice.”
Because we are inspired to support the protest, a couple of us yogis are organizing to do yoga at Occupy Boston. If you are interested in participating, please let me know. We welcome anyone who wants to come yoga with us or take pictures of the event. Also, if you are a musician or a band, we’d love for you to come play some sweet tunes.
Oy vey. It’s been a hectic several weeks for me. I’ve been meaning to write here about the many things that have been happening in the world but just have not had a chance. So, let’s do a quick recap, shall we?
The WHO has released The Global Status Report on Noncommunicable Diseases 2010, which reports on cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases, along with their risk factors and determinants.
I’m sure you’re aware that Osama Bin Laden was captured and murdered since Americans everywhere were rejoicing. But did you read this article: The Ability to Kill Bin Laden Does Not Make America Great ?
The House voted to pass H.R. 3, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortions” bill, which greatly restricts access to abortion. Though this is disappointing, Obama has said he will veto it if it ever gets to his desk.
The Guttmacher Institute has an informative video about abortion in the United States.
Boston’s SlutWalk was a success.
AND, major events occurring in my life. I finished yoga teacher training and my thesis for my Master’s of Public Health. I graduate in a couple of weeks!
There are a couple free events occurring in Boston promoting women’s sexual health. If you live in the area, you should attend and bring your friends.
What: “Defend, Don’t Defund!” rally hosted by Planned Parenthood and coalition allies, flyer here
Where: Boston Commons at the Parkman Bandstand
When: Saturday, March 19th, from 12 – 1pm
What: Women’s Global Health and Rights: The Importance of Sexual and Reproductive Health, panel discussion hosted by the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) and State Representative Kay Khan
Where: Massachusetts State House, Members Lounge
When: Tuesday, March 29, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Yippee for local events advocating women’s sexual health!