If you had any doubts about the moral imperative behind the Occupy movement, I promise that they will disappear after you watch this five minute video, made by Peter Leeman and Kyle Kehrwald of OccupyMinneapolis. It features father, grandfather, uncle, Marine, and lifelong south Minneapolis resident Bobby Hull, who is scheduled to be evicted from his home in February 2012 by Bank of America. To Hull, this house at 3712 Columbus Avenue is more than a home–it’s the beating heart of his family, his community, and his life.
I don’t know Bobby Hull, but I feel like I do. I too grew up on the south side, a daughter of the working class. My father hauled trash for thirty years, and his buddies all talk like this. These are the kind of guys who shovel the entire street after a snowstorm, who gladly jump start your car when it freezes, who always have a couple of bucks in their wallets for you if you need it. They do this automatically, without hesitation or antipathy, because they always, ALWAYS remember the time when someone else did them same for them.
As Hull says near the end of the clip, “We’re supposed to unite. That’s what our forefathers did, you watch my back, I got yours. You know, we are the United States and we haven’t been united for a while. And we need people who care about people. We need to protect our country, whether it’s from foreign or domestic….I think right now, our fight is domestic.”
To learn more about the Hull family and the occupation that kicks off tomorrow, Tuesday, December 6, please go to OccupyMN’s Facebook page.
As Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said in 1967:
“A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth…. America, the richest and most powerful nation in the world, can well lead the way in this revolution of values. There is nothing, except a tragic death wish, to prevent us from reordering our priorities, so that the pursuit of peace will take precedence over the pursuit of war. There is nothing to keep us from molding a recalcitrant status quo with bruised hands until we have fashioned it into a brotherhood.”