Mary Ann McGivern at NCR:

the Occupation is not sinners feasting. It is a cry for justice. It expresses the pent-up frustration of people who are suffering. Veterans for Peace was there. A laid-off carpenter who spoke at the rally is losing his house. A teacher talked about her family’s financial struggles. Everybody carried handmade signs about job loss, medical expense and the costs of war.

Some of the troubles occupiers have faced, especially in Oakland, Calif., have been because the Occupation has drawn the homeless mentally ill. That’s a group that has suffered grievously at the hands of capitalism, a group these young occupiers have not rejected.

The first name of my religious community, Loretto, was Friends of Mary at the Foot of the Cross. Where else should we be standing but with suffering people?

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