And last night’s Reel and Meal was filled with that same concerned, somewhat revolutionary spirit that had appealed to me in the first place. A standing-room-only crowd watched and then discussed “Occupy Love,” a documentary about the Occupy movement. Here are the highlights (for me) from the evening.
– That was such an exciting time and I’m so sorry the Occupiers aren’t occupying anymore.
– When Naomi Klein said in an interview that we’re fighting “neoliberalism,” defined as unfettered capitalism, my reaction was “Huh?” Wikipedia doesn’t really explain this curious, almost assbackwards term.
– Greenbelt’s new Timebank – coming soon – is a great step in creating an alternative economy AND developing community. Can’t wait!
– One audience member told us he was on his way to join a WWOOF location (Worldwide Opportunities in Organic Farming) and gave a short pitch for the experience. As a garden writer I’ve followed WWOOFing both here and abroad and am a big supporter.
– My favorite character in the movie, by far, was Reverend Billy and his Church of Stop Shopping. His message certainly resonated with Greenbelter Barbara Stevens, too. Her after-movie comment to the audience was exactly that – “Stop Shopping!” She also posted to the Greenbelters Facebook page this morning to recommend two more movies – “What the Bleep do We Know” and “I AM,” both available on Netflix (as is “Occupy Love”).
– My top take-away from the evening was to come back for more, which I’ll certainly do. Thanks to the organizers!