Went down to my local Occupy movement again today

Discussion in 'Civil Rights & Privacy' started by Cartoon Peril, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. Cartoon Peril

    Cartoon Peril Original Member

    This time about 100 people carrying cardboard signs in front of the courthouse, mostly young people, but not all. Just two transit police watching from kitty corner across the street with bikes -- no tear gas, no riot police, no nothing -- DANG! But this was enough to have news cameras out there.

    Anyway, the truth is I'm starting to really enjoy it, and I'm going to start getting more involved. One of the interesting aspects of it is that you start talking to strangers and learning more about people that you would never otherwise meet. As I've stated before, TSA and its hideous connection to corporatism is just one head of the corporate security state hydra.
     
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  2. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    It is fascinating getting to meet all sorts of people from all walks of life. At our occupation in DC, for instance, some of the homeless people have stepped up and become integral parts of the community. They've found physical and philosophical warmth, community spirit, safety. One guy, James, is a real sweetheart. Friendly, charming, highly intelligent, he's become the go-to guy to watch/walk people's dogs, to secure people's belongings while they're away, to take care in general of whatever needs to be taken care of. Another guy, Tom, has biked to and from several other occupations up and down the East Coast. He's very media savvy, a good writer, and also a pretty good cook. The guys who staff the medical tent have a lot of experience and can tell you great tales. We also have some veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as older vets. It's quite an impressive little world.
     
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  3. Cartoon Peril

    Cartoon Peril Original Member

    I have a daughter just turned 16, she is a straight A student and obsessed, as so many teenagers are, with truth, and she hasn't yet had to make the compromises we all do with life. Her mother agrees it would be a good idea to ask her if she wants to go to some of the events, my hope is that she'll want to, and maybe take the memory of these days (which I think will be historic ones) with her as she goes on through life.
     
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  4. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    But didn't get your fair share of abuse?
    My son is 15 and is NOT a straight-A student and is obsessed with fairness and justice. I encouraged him by buying the full Guy Fawkes rig for Halloween if he cared to be costumed. Lacking anything to be protesting personally, he has not. But he followed the Arab Spring with intense interest and thought the spread of Occupy was very cool. A few days ago he rattled off to me Obama's take of Goldman Sachs donations and a myriad of other facts--having become a Ron Paul fan 100% on his own. :D
     
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  5. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Remember that Guy Fawkes voluntarily jumped off the gallows after the rope was placed around his neck, so as to avoid being alive for the drawing & quartering exhibition.
     
  6. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    So, you're saying those FEMA coffins will come in handy either way?
     
  7. Cartoon Peril

    Cartoon Peril Original Member

    Well, I also have a 14 y/o son, he is completely into V for Vendetta, movies etc, but we struggle with him daily over his homework, so I know where you're at.
     
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  8. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    They can save money by using smaller coffins & stacking the quarters. That will allow them to budget for additional black helicopters.
     
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