If you're looking for a good time, you're on your own tonight. But Monday, November 28, I can recommend a showing of Inside Job at the Elks Theatre in Rapid City at 6:30 p.m. (Doug Wiken and Greg Olson recommend it as well!)
Inside Job is Charles Ferguson's Oscar-winning exposé of the 2008 financial meltdown that did not have to happen and all the unprosecuted, unpunished crony capitalism that let it happen. Laying bare the true ills of corporate dominance of our economic and political system, the film shows where Tea Partiers and Occupiers could find common ground... a prospect that terrifies Wall Street.
Occupy Rapid City is a grassroots movement formed in solidarity with the Occupy Together movement worldwide. Activists from Rapid City and the Black Hills area converged on October 15th, 2011 in support of the global movement, and they continue to demonstrate their support for addressing economic and political issues.
Occupy Rapid City is a working group in which local activists discuss and enact solutions for addressing issues that affect us all. Group activities include activism on and off the street including free speech and assembly, promoting education and ideas for social change, and teach-ins in which participants share and discuss topics of relevant interest.
We are a movement coordinated by general consensus among participants. The group meets weekly to discuss the progress of the wider Occupy movement, and to plan for upcoming activities and activism.
Our concerns include the excess influence corporate entities have over governments and the political process, the moral and economic consequences of war, and the decline of economic equality and prosperity due to failed or corrupt political and economic policies.
Occupy Rapid City's focus is on increasing public awareness of these issues in addition to promoting feasible actions for social change. Current efforts include strengthening the local economy by promoting credit unions, community banks, and small businesses, and boycotting the exploitative and damaging practices used among Wall Street corporations.
This is an evolving, open group that will continue to emerge with new ideas and goals for the general promotion of positive social change... [Greg Olson, "Occupy Rapid City Vision Statement," sdgopolitics, 2011.11.22].
Related: Robert Reich tells us the Occupiers are making a desperately needed stand for the First Amendment and democracy itself.