Dear Occupy Catholics,
Blessings and peace to all!
We—a team of Occupy Catholics who helped found the group in New York City—have a proposal. Many of us feel that the Occupy moment has passed. We are finding ourselves and our movements going in new directions, with new language—from Keystone XL blockades to #BlackLivesMatter, from worker-owned co-ops to sanctuary for immigrants, from contemplative activism to debt abolition. We see these developments as part of the same story as Occupy, even if they take different forms and belong to a different time. We want to adapt our Christian witness in tune with them. One of the ways that we’ve been doing this is through Guerrilla Communion, a new, slowly growing group of Catholics supporting one another in their faith, and supporting the movements for justice around us, through a network of small groups in different communities. Here’s our fledgling website.
What we propose is to transfer the Occupy Catholics online networks over to Guerrilla Communion, thereby using the momentum Occupy Catholics has continued to build for an organization that will keep its spirit alive in more adaptable ways. This would include our Twitter account, our Facebook page, and our mailing list. This website would remain as is, standing as a record of Occupy Catholics’ work over the past several years.
Meanwhile, we invite Occupy Catholics supporters everywhere to consider starting their own Guerrilla Communion groups to help foster safe space for the intersection of faith and justice in your communities. If you want to explore doing so, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please offer your thoughts and responses below. This is just a proposal, and we won’t proceed without widespread agreement.