I’d like to inform you guys for a bit. Occupy is a social forum. It’s an idea. The idea that our Constitution is still relevant. We practiced our freedom to assemble. That is why we chose to stay in the park for days on end and discuss what’s gone wrong in our country as well as our world. Strangers in a community coming together and sharing ideas. Just like our founding fathers did when they drafted the Declaration of Independence. So we realized that our first amendment rights were a facade whenever they started to kick us out of our occupation sites one by one across the country. So we the people created our own media outlets since the majority of the news is owned by corporate media and there is no way that they want to help us shine a light on the injustices that they are participating in. We are not against anyone. We welcome all voices. Most of us are students and working people. If you take the time to watch a few documentaries you could see some of the reasons we’ve become collectively concerned. We are realizing that we’ve been trying to live off of finite resources as if they are infinite. That puts a strain on the environment and causes devastating effects. It’s different in every city, which by the way, Occupy is a Global Movement for a Global Paradigm Shift. We just want to shine a light on all the ridiculous stuff that is going on and wake people up from their disinterested comas. Being passive and continuing naivety does not help us change this world together. You can harp on occupiers all day and all night, but you are really mocking people you don’t know that are just trying anything and everything that they can to do as Gandhi says and “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. Call us hippies. Tell us to get a job. If you think that’s going to stop us, then you have clearly not heard of the NDAA, SOPA, ACTA, PIPA, HR. 347, or even locally our own SB. 469. Stop getting defensive because people everywhere are trying to change the world. Watch “Inside Job” and “The Corporation”. This is the Information Age. Get informed and join in the revolution. If you have a banking account. Switch over to a Credit Union or even a small local bank. Especially, if you bank with Bank of America. The banks pulled the biggest Ponzi Scheme ever and got the government to bail them out. Remember 2008?? Did you know that Bank of America can loan up to 100 magical dollars for every dollar you put in their bank? It’s absurd. You may think we are just some jobless, hippie, kids making a lot of noise and whining, but that’s because it’s what corporate media would like you to think. I had a conversation the other day with a news anchor from CBS who blatantly admitted it and said he wished he could report what he was really seeing every time he came out. These banks have consolidated our debts into CDOs and traded them in an unregulated derivatives market with complete abandon. They should have tanked and been left willowing in their own bullshit, but no. Our government bailed them out and now the debts they created have been placed on the backs of the middle class. Creating the greatest wealth disparity that this country has ever seen. That is why we are against the 1%. Which are about 400 people that are billionaires that control everything. Occupy Wall Street started out in New York mostly against the banks. But as so many diverse people united to discuss these problems, we’ve realized that there are so many more concerns that need to be addressed. In Occupy Atlanta for instance, we have about seven different occupation sites now. One at AT&T where we are working with the unions trying to stop them from laying off 740 workers to make way for lower paying jobs without benefits even though AT&T made record profits last year and the CEOs gave themselves millions in bonuses. We have 43 tents wrapped around their building to show that we mean business. This is how the people have decided to create jobs. By saving existing jobs. But this action was created by the unions that work at AT&T and we were called in for solidarity with the people. Another one of our occupation sites is at the Peachtree & Pine homeless shelter. It is in a prime location for big business and people are trying to close it down. Where would those hundred of homeless people go? Ever since we’ve been occupying there, there has been a free bike shop created, and a rooftop organic garden to work in. They were going to close it down months ago, but we are prepared to get dragged out of there and arrested if it comes to that. Atlanta ranks pretty high up in homelessness. Homelessness is a extension of the damage cause by our economic crisis caused by the banks. Especially, since there are so many fraudulent foreclosure cases. Did you know that there are about ten empty homes to every one homeless person in the united states?? So, two of our other occupation sites are homes being wrongfully foreclosed on. One on Glen Iris in Fulton, and one in Dekalb. We’ve set up tents in thei front yard so people can expect us. The tent has become the national or global symbol of the Occupy Movement. We’ve already saved a veteran’s home in Riverdale and we tried to save a police officer’s home, but the sheriff told us that if we did not leave they would ONLY arrest the family. We saved a historic black church in Vine City from foreclosure within HOURS of our occupation. Now we are welcomed there and are planning on beautifying Vine City with organic farming and community building. The busiest workers of our movement know that they have to spend most of their time at work or with their family, but they still bring their kids out to events and they bring us food and good company or donate their time and money on occupy. It’s like investing in something that you feel good about and you KNOW will change the world for the better. Rather than believing in just the voting system and going back to regular scheduled broadcasting. The banks thought they were too big to fail, but they underestimated the people. We are even bigger. Especially, when we make up 99% of the global population. If you’d like to know more, I can go on for days. I’ve given up the life I had for this and I wouldn’t have done that for just anything. In fact, a lot of people have given up a lot for this movement because they wanted something better for this world. Something to put their hopes and dreams into like a seed into fruition. If all you can do is mock these people, then I think you should reconsider how you spend your time helping the world grow into something beautiful for your children to enjoy and appreciate. I for one, hated becoming an adult and realizing that the mountains I’d read about and studied in Geography class were blown up with dynamite in strip mining, all because some people decided that finite fossil fuels were the only way, because corporations have all the say in these matters. Those maps will have to be re-drawn. Those animals that lived there will have to find another mountain. Not to mention the waste choking up all the nearby streams and polluting the water that the locals drink. Every cause has an effect. What’s yours?
This is what Democracy looks like.