Saturday, October 8, 2011

Occupy Seattle

I'd just like to take a moment to say how excited I am that the Occupy Wall Street movement is finally gaining momentum. Yesterday afternoon I participated in the march against the war in Afghanistan (it's chilling to think about how long this has been going on) and then attended the Occupy Seattle General Assembly. The country's finally starting to wake up...and it's inspiring to see people gathering in solidarity. I'm glad I was able to witness what's happening locally, because I honestly had no idea where we stood.

Occupy Seattle is, in fact, getting organized. They've divided tasks into work groups (legal, media, communication, food, supplies, medical, etc.) and are plowing ahead with a direct democracy style of making decisions. Since PAs and bullhorns aren't allowed, we communicated "human microphone" fashion. As Kai pointed out, things were settled about as quickly as in any conversation in Old Entish, but I still loved the way it brought us together and really made us listen to each other. I'm impressed with what they've managed to accomplish, and I plan to attend future assemblies.

We are the 99%! I encourage you to get out there and show your support!

1 comment:

  1. It's important to note how far this movement has come in just a week and a half. On day two, they were a ragtag band of about 20 with signs, chanting inappropriate slogans by the side of the road in front of the federal building. A week and a half later, they have work groups, a developed sense and style of self government, and an air of professionalism that felt like they at least knew what they were trying to do even if they weren't immediately accomplishing it.It was pretty fantastic to see the difference.