That Strange Brown Man, Gandhi
The Boston Globe
Gandhi is standing in the bustle of Occupy Boston. The wry smile, the flapping ears, and the walking stick in hand. A sign flags near his knees, “The world holds enough for everyone’s NEED, but not enough for everyone’s GREED.” People rush past him, walking on the wooden planks that work as the walkways between tents in Dewey Square. These people are temporary heroes, the people who have walked away from their ordinary lives to seek shelter together in the public square. Some of these people are happy, pleased to be together and to model a different social life. Others are already cold, already a bit dispirited. The days have begun to drag on. The novelty will wear off. It is precisely to ward off a drop in morale that Gandhi warned his fellow activists, “If patience is worth anything, it must endure to the end of time. And a living faith will last in the midst of the blackest storm”
(Young India, June 17, 1926).
Quakers from the Peace Abbey in Sherborn, Massachusetts, brought the statue to the site. They brought it to Goldman Sachs as a gift of conscience on October 28, 2010. Abbey workers and children from the Life Experience School came down to the Goldman office on High Street, not far from Dewey Square on the Greenway Conservancy. They wanted to install their statue of Gandhi as a beacon against Greed. Goldman’s people declined the offer, so Gandhi was then placed in the revolving door of the building, thus closing down the main entrance to Goldman Sachs. There he remained during the afternoon hours, went back to the Abbey, and then, when Occupy Boston started, came to his place amongst the protestors.
Above photo of fiberglass statue of Gandhi at the Occupy Boston encampment across the street from the Federal Reserve Building.
Article about Gandhi statue at Goldman Sachs in Quaker Eco-Bulletin,