Come March with Us: OccupySF

by Dr. Karen Oliveto, Pastor

I recently read a pretty jarring report in Business Insider. The article showed several graphs depicting the following information:

1. With a brief except in 1980,  unemployment is at the highest level since the Great Depression.
2. At the same time, corporate profits are at an all-time high.
3. Wages as a percent of the economy are at an all-time low.
4. Income and wealth inequality in the US economy is near an all-time high.

Take a look at this graph which shows how CEO salaries have skyrocketed in the past 20 years while worker wages have had an incremental increase:

This information confirms what I am seeing every day at GLIDE: the American Dream has become the American nightmare, as more and more individuals and families struggle just to make ends meet.  Unfortunately, in this economy, even things like health insurance and education are now luxury items.

The system isn’t working. With so many suffering, it can no longer be business as usual.
On Sunday, the GLIDE community will be leaving after the 11am Celebration and marching to the Occupy SF encampment. This will be a show of our solidarity to this nonviolent, peaceful social movement which is sweeping the globe.

Come march with us!

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2 comments on “Come March with Us: OccupySF
  1. belinda schafer says:

    I’m not seeing when and where? I’ll be coming from a distance, so planning is everything. Thanks!!

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We love to CELEBRATE at GLIDE! Dance the night away with us at the 7th Annual GLIDE Legacy Gala on 8/13, and then join us on the 14th for Bishop @karenoliveto's last Sunday Celebration before she and Robin move to Denver. Celebrate love, celebrate progress, celebrate GLIDE. See you there. Van Jones is the President & Co-Founder of The Dream Corps. Current initiatives, cut50, YesWeCode, and Green For All create innovative solutions to "close the prison doors, open the doors of opportunity, into a new green economy." A Yale- educated attorney, Van has written two New York Times Bestsellers: The Green Collar Economy, the definitive book on green jobs, and Rebuild the Dream, a roadmap for progressives. Van is a correspondent for CNN and regular guest on political talk shows. In 2009, Van worked as the Green Jobs Advisor to the Obama White House. There, he helped run the inter-agency process that oversaw $80 billion in green energy recovery spending. Felicia Horowitz is the 2016 recipient of the Janice Mirikitani Legacy Award. A philanthropist, human rights advocate and beloved member of the GLIDE family, Felicia dedicates her life’s work to the underserved. She is a passionate advocate for LGBTQ rights, food justice, harm reduction and violence prevention. Through her work with the American Jewish World Service, she has served marginalized communities abroad from sex workers in Cambodia, transgender communities in Uganda, people without water rights in Bolivia, to the disenfranchised Haitians in the Dominican Republic. Bridging the divides, she unites people across technology, community and culture through insightful conversations and inclusive experiences. Sarah Shourd is an author, prisoner rights advocate, Contributing Editor at Solitary Watch and a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley currently based in Oakland, California. Sarah was held as a political hostage by the Iranian government from 2009-2010. She was captured, along with her two companions, while hiking near the unmarked Iran/Iraq border in semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan while on a week-long trip from her home in Damascus, Syria. Sarah was held incommunicado in solitary confinement for 410 days before being released, without a trial or any evidence shown against her, by President Ahmadinejad on “compassionate grounds,” a move designed to ease international pressure against the Iranian government. She now writes, speaks and advocates against the use of prolonged solitary confinement in U.S. prisons. She’s written for The New York Times, CNN, Mother Jones, San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, Huffington Post and is a regular contributor for Daily Beast. Shourd co-authored a memoir A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran. She also co-edited the anthology Hell is a Very Small Place: Voices from Solitary Confinement, to be published by New Press in 2016. Her play, Opening the Box, will premiere at Z Space in San Francisco in July 2016.

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