21 Oct '11, 12pm

Occupy the pasture via @grist

I love a good protest. But in my small town, there are no picket signs lining Main St., and it seems a little wrong to drive 120 miles round trip to attend the nearest Occupy event. After all, oil company profits are part of the reason people are angry. Still, I want to feel connected to this burgeoning political movement. There were only two of us -- my partner Brian and I -- plus our flock of sheep and Arrow the dog. So why did we take the time to carefully mull over messages and paint colorful signs? One of my top reasons was to remind urban dwellers that there are populists in rural areas. Just like in cities, there are rural people who believe in climate change, progressive taxes, and smarter government. Rural populists can be a monumental political force , as it takes fewer people mobilizing in a rural area to make change. One of our signs read: "Be Just! Grow your o...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/food/2011-10-21-occupy-the-pasture

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