There used to be a time when a person who worked full time, even at what was called a ‘Minimum Wage Job’, could live a life with dignity.
You could afford not just the necessities of life…food, shelter, and clothing…(personally, I still think clothing is an option)…but you know, after the basics, they could still afford to invest some small amount of income in bettering themselves, or at least, enjoying themselves. You could afford to take a course, to go to a movie, you could save a few paychecks and buy a new bike, you could afford a bag of decent weed once in a while.
It’s not like that anymore.
People are living in their cars, or under bridges, and waking up and using the gas station washroom before they go to their ‘go-nowhere’ job at some greasy burger franchise. I’m excited about people taking it to the streets, with the spark of activism rekindled in such a diverse cross section of people. It feels great to sing along to Dylan’s ‘The Times They Are a Changing‘ again and really feel it, ya know?
Here’s a link to a video I made of the Occupy Vancouver event: Dance, Dance, Revolution!