Let me lecture in my most authoritative mommy voice, "If you really do believe in every ounce of your heart that you are right in this fight, you have still got to know that two wrongs don't make a right. Violence is a roadblock in the path toward reason, it prevents everyone involved from making progress toward the goals of the movement. Now, shape up!"
I want to write proud stories about the varied and diverse group of peaceful people I see genuinely devoting themselves to groups like the Occupy Movement. I want to tell you about families and individuals of all ages, and races, and ideologies, using the proud first amendment of our constitution to make peace.
Photographer, Paul Perrin, describes his photo: "This picture shows the sunflower dragon, "Rosie" as it glides by the White House on May Day, a traditional holiday rooted deeply in the history of America. Hundreds of Occupiers, Labor activists, and others turned out in DC to celebrate a day of games, teach-ins, and marching. Speeches in front of the White House included labor leaders from Honduras, Bangladesh, and the Phillipines, addressed the crowd, such as, "Obama, escuha! Estamos en la luca!"
With this photo from yesterday evening in mind, and the image of a fading parade and protest, with unique signage and people of all types mingling together in the twilight of a sunny day, I have hope. I look at this image, and see people like me. I see regular Americans, frustrated, and called to action but not violence. If I were a lawmaker, and I was looking at this scene, I'd be far more likely to listen than if I saw rioting hostility, broken windows and stolen goods.
Isn't the idea here to change the laws? Isn't the purpose to get our lawmakers to take notice of everyday Americans, and ask them to work for us rather than the 1%? If these are indeed the goals, then it is clear that D.C.'s Occupy group is leading the pack.
The Occupy Movement has a fine message let's not sully it, or slow it down with poor behavior. Let's take the high road, and the winning route. We can act right, without being mistaken for being from the right. So let's shape up, follow the rules, and change this nation's destiny they honorable way... through peaceful protest. When we read the history books about these momentous days to our grand-kids, we'll be glad we did.