Monday, March 5, 2012

Occupy Bellingham

When the Occupy Movement spread throughout the country and to other countries, I felt I must watch, learn and evaluate what was happening. These are some of the things I learned:

1) Occupiers called to our attention by marching and encampments that 1% of "Rich" people control the resources of our country. They protested "inequality" in a way that no other political party nor organization had.

2) The protest methods were practiced by only a small minority of the 99% of us. The suggestion to take your money out of big banks and put it in local banks and credit unions was an idea that caught on in our community and others as well.

3) The march and encampment protest method was literally stopped by police (who were paid for by the taxes of the 99%) with riot gear, tear gas, rubber bullets and batons. These violent methods were used to stop the Occupy movement encampments in almost every city in the country.

4) People of the 99% who did not visit an Occupy encampment, did not have the opportunity to experience the warmth and community spirit created in the encampments.  Although, the middle class is being hurt by the greed of corporate America, they were conspicuously absent from the marches and events.  Why didn't we turn out in large numbers to protect the protestors in their encampments?  This is the question that keeps arising in my heart.

5. Encampments used democratic procedures in regular weekly "General Assemblies" where the encampment members discussed issues and moved to consensus about further actions. See a link which demonstrates the unique hand signals to speed and clarify discussions.
Also, "Check Mike" was a procedure where the words of one voice were repeated by all voices so that microphones were not necessary.

6) It was apparent to me that the response of our local government to Occupy Bellingham was no different then the threat of  or use of violence against protestors in our country and also in countries all over the world - Egypt, Libya and Greece.

7) Our community, as well as other communities in our own country, must look at the fact that violence has been and still is the way that protest in our so-called democratic country has been squelched.

The movment of protest and actions to remedy the unfair  accumulation of enormous wealth of 1% OF OUR COUNTRYMEN  have only just begun!

1 comment:

James Bauckman said...

Gramma, I love your spirit and guidance. Your one of the kindest souls I know and appreciate every second I spend working with you. Keep up your advocacy work and inspiring individuals to love themselves and each other. There is no more important work than spreading our love to all to hopefully inspire them to be kind and helpful friends. Thank you for your take on the occupy movement. I have been part of Occupy Bellingham since the first meeting. I love these people and will work to supper them when I can. IT is important to take money out of politics and refine the whole election process. OUr legislators no longer care for us, they only are working to get re-elected and make money/change things for their benefit. We need more good souls running for office. This is why I am running for Washington state Superintendent of Public Instruction. I want to hel our children get access to the best quality education and support structures so that we can ALL be successful in life. THis is the point of life and my important work/gift for the world. Peace Grandma.