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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Recent Presentations by Peter Joseph

Recently, Peter Joseph, founder of the Zeitgeist Movement and creator of the Zeitgeist film series, has given a presentation to the Leaders Causing Leaders conference, and a speech to the #OccupyLA gathering and protest event. Fortunately, video of these very thoughtful and informative talks have been shared with the world and are presented below. As the worldwide rejection of the current political, social and economic structures continues to grow, we must be able to grasp the true nature of the problems we face and respond to them with viable and sustainable solutions that help everyone. The Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement stands with our local community in their efforts to bring awareness and information to the population and their continuing efforts to affect positive change to make the world a better place for all people.

UPDATE: Peter Joseph has released a new video presentation message to the whole Occupy movement. It has been added below, and I encourage all supporters of the global initiative for change to view it.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Notes on our 20th Meeting and #OccupyMcAllen Event

The Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement held an abbreviated meeting on Wednesday, October 5th, at 6:00 PM on the University of Texas-Pan American campus. The 4 members in attendance were very excited about and discussed the recent Occupy Wall Street movement that was growing across the nation and around the world, as well as the local Occupy McAllen event scheduled for the next day. We were also very pleased to have Sandy Lopez be in attendance after being out of town for an extended period of time. We ended the brief meeting after an hour or so and the majority of our group went to the sign making meeting for the Occupy McAllen meeting in Edinburg, hosted by a very generous family.

While there, we were fortunate enough to be joined by other RGVZGM members as well as other residents and activists throughout the evening. We shared our various views about the Occupy movement, our life experiences that brought us to this movement and how we can help each other achieve the different goals that we all had. I am glad to have met the wonderful artists, activists and other individuals who attended that session and am very grateful for their hospitality and generosity of art supplies and space.

On Thursday, October 6th, over 300 people arrived at Archer Park in McAllen to march in protest of the grotesque inequalities that our current social, economic and political systems have created. We moved across the downtown district and around the local Chase Tower to demonstrate the disdain we held for the large banks and the monetary system they represent. We concluded the event with public speakers, voicing their opinions, their concerns and their calls to action. The media coverage of the event was somewhat uneven, but we were for the most part well represented. As expected, the media does not yet fully comprehend the meaning of this worldwide movement, and is unlikely to be truthful about its underlying causes and desired outcomes. This is where the ideas and understandings of a resource based economy can flourish, however, as the upset masses begin to recognize the failures of the system and demand resolutions to it. I encourage all people who want a better world for all people to learn about the root causes of the current corruption endemic to our culture and begin to think about what are the real values that are relevant to the survival of you and your loved ones. Only then can we start to demand a better world, not only for all of us, but from all of us.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Notes on the Recent #OccupyMcAllen Planning Meeting

Several members of the Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement recently attended the initial planning meeting for the local Occupy McAllen movement. There were nearly 30 people in attendance during the nearly 3 hour meeting which took place on the University of Texas-Pan American campus. A diverse group of people with a variety of perspectives came together to discuss the initial preparations for the upcoming event occurring at Archer Park on Thursday, October 6th at 5:30 PM.

Fortunately, there was several former and current activists in attendance who had years of protest and organizational experience, and were able to identify and layout the significant issues and roles that should be addressed and quickly ran through the responsibilities and resources that we needed to provide. There was a great deal of passion and enthusiasm expressed throughout the meeting and people were eager to pitch in with their ideas and their support. Two events were created specifically to produce signage for the protest, and additional information and ideas will be disseminated to people through the event's website and Facebook event page.

The Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement, as well as the global Zeitgeist Movement have publicly stated their support for this movement and our members will be in attendance at this, and similar occupations across the country and around the world. The general public, particularly in the United States, is becoming acutely aware of the many problems that the current social, economic and political paradigms are creating and perpetuating, and will soon start to demand alternative methods and processes for accomplishing the basic functions of society. The Venus Project, and its associated Resource Based Economy is a viable alternative that will be offered as such, and it is my sincere hope and belief that it will be studied, examined and ultimately demanded by the people who so desperately want meaningful change.

Below are video recordings of the planning meeting. We encourage you to attend this and similar events going forward, in order to demonstrate the growing demand for a better world for all people. Thank you for your time and attention.