The OWS epicenter — it’s older than we think

Visited the original OWS in NYC yesterday. I was in town for a trade show that had lost its appeal so headed south to Zuccotti Park to get a first hand look at the epicenter. I was surprised by many things including the level of organization, cleanliness and degree of fairness the group aspired to — but most of all by the number of engaged older folks. I’m sure the late Maggie Kuhn, founder of the Gray Panthers and one of my mentors, would have been delighted. On her 80th birthday she aspired to “do something outrageous” once a week. She upped the ante to daily acts as she approached 90. With that in mind, I didn’t hesitate to put down my camera, take the drumsticks someone handed me and join the tribal drum circle beating out the rhythms of a fairer future.


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