The monthly Reel and Meal events at the New Deal are one of the reasons I moved to Greenbelt not long ago, having attended several over the last couple of years with friends from my old ‘hood and loved the whole vibe and the aging hippies, like myself, who create it.
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!