I love bananas and strawberries like no other, and I have been known to eat whole cartons of blueberries in one sitting. But sadly, my inner local foodie knows that even if it feels like summertime outside, these fruits have traveled many miles to reach my mouth in the dead of winter.
The Occupy protests have accomplished a great deal. They have galvanized many forms of public response to the glaring inequalities of wealth and income that now characterize American society. We are in sympathy with those protests. But it isn’t parks or public spaces we aspire to occupy. It is the future of our country that is at stake and that we hope to help shape — to occupy — through our actions. For this broader Occupy movement to grow, it will require other groups outside encampments to mobilize other constituencies, by other means, around other issues.