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Occupy Wall Street
Did Ocularpation and Felicity of YNA Accidentally Help Spark Occupy Wall Street?
Occupy Wall Street - For all of you who are unaware of the situation, Felicity was the young lady who was arrested this summer on wall street during the art performance Ocularpation. All of a sudden this Occupy Wall Street protest flares up – Coincidence??? Perhaps but unlikely: Ocularpation (which was an art project by Zefrey Throwell who was trying to make a point that Wall Street lacks accountability) sounds eerily similar to Occupy Wall Street not to mention the location. So naturally Felicity and I went down to talk to the protesters. On our way down there we had to sit in traffic because the Wall Street protesters caused so much mayhem on the Brooklyn Bridge that the NYPD closed it down – not a good start but we pushed on. Once we got there we found a group of people – mostly in their 20′s - singing, holding up signs and chanting their different mantras. We were hoping to talk to the organizers but could not find out who they were. What we did find was a war room of laptops and the people who were manning the stations kept on yelling that they wanted any footage of police brutality and arrests (preferably in HD). After trying to talk to some of the people there (without making any headway) we decided to talk to some of the protesters. We talked to several people who seemed to be passionate about ending the status quo on a whole mess of issues, but had no thoughts about what should be done instead. Since I do agree that change is needed I kept pleading with the protesters to give me something that I could take away from all of this. I simply wanted to hear what they think should be done to correct the any one of the list of issues that they felt needed to be dealt with.
After about an hour or so we simply decided to leave empty handed and with no questions answered.
While I do not comment often this is one topic that I simply can’t seem to let go of. Finally there is a group of people who are willing to take a stand and fight for change, but how can I support such a valiant effort when I have no idea what they really believe in? Without any clear goals, no physical leadership, bench marks for success or specific ideas on how to better the country what would I really be supporting (not to mention the fact that they seem to have a whole lot of facts that are simply incorrect)?
So in any case, I have no idea if Felicity’s arrest had anything to do with it, but I sure hope not. Sparking a huge protest of naysayers who seem to be fighting against everything and could be happier when the police are forced to intervene is not something that I would ever put my name on. Spreading fear, inconveniencing the general public and hoping for the next shot of someone getting slammed to the ground by police is not something I am willing to support.
In closing I just want to add a couple of points. If these protesters care so much about the various issues then why haven’t they sent people to staff soup kitchens, clean up city parks or do anything that would impact the city in a positive manner… They have probably cost the city millions by now so don’t you think it is only fair if they were to shoulder some of the burden by helping out the people of NY? Or are they simply going to continue yelling and screaming till we NY’ers are forced to pay more in taxes to cover the expense that they are creating?
As for Felicity – we still are not too sure why she was arrested, but she is due in court next month so send her tons of positive energies!
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Gymnos - First off let me say that that I miss you and your opinions are just as valid as mine or any one else for that matter. While I understand where you are coming from I think the best quote that sums up the whole occupy wall street movement would have to be: "People want leadership, Mr. President, and in the absence of genuine leadership, they'll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone. They want leadership. They're so thirsty for it they'll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there's no water, they'll drink the sand." Also, once you have things like people having sex on the street and others who try to take a dump on a police car - that is the ball game as far as I am concerned: http://thelasttradition.blogspot.com/2011/10/occupy-wall-street-protestors-engage-in.html. But what it all comes down to is this... yes there are problems and no - occupy wall street has not offered any true constructive criticism or ideas on what should be done. But on the flip side - do you have any idea how much they are costing the city every single day? Who do you think will end up paying for most of it? I also can find one positive thing that they have done so far! And in closing I would lie to say that last week I took a ride on one of those tourist double-decker buses with Pinky, my dad and my three years old niece. It was a great experience till we reached the OWS (Occupy Wall Street) people... they yelled at us, cursed at us and one moron decided to climb on a statue so the cops had to close down the street till he came down - needless to say they are doing way more bad than good. They are a sorry and sad movement with no true goals and lots of anger, hostility and unfortunately not enough brain power and way to much man power!
Methinks the points have been missed in your brief and audienc-ial (voyeuristic?) visit . So first, on the point of being powerless, and without answers, Howard Beale made the most famous public call in 1976: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074958/quotes?qt=qt0... "I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you've got to get mad. You've got to say, 'I'm a HUMAN BEING, God damn it! My life has VALUE!' So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell, 'I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!' " John Stewart's Daily Show, early in October, ran a great clip laying out a rationale for "no demands." http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-october-5-2011/parks-and-demonstration Most folks equate demands with informed solutions. The fact is that the smartest economic minds - those who we entrust with solving said problems -- are just making matters worse. So how are simple folk - artists, common laborers, those who couldn't afford Ivy League (much less a standard 4 yr) education, and the rest of the 99% -- how are these folks supposed know how to solve these problems. 2nd, on the matter of who started this Occupation first, there were clearly two points of origin worth noting. Back in February, the culture-jamming media group known as AdBusters made a call oddly reminiscent of Howard Beale. Yet in terms of the form of this specific Occupation, the first to implement the taking of space were Spaniards, The Indignants, as they are called there so very appropriately. If anything, our artist friend with a design and desire to strip Wall Street of it's Imperial Clothing most likely tied into the collective unconscious, channeled the vibes of global revolution, but it just is not the one we expected. 3rd, on the matter of the take away. This is where the point was really lost. Quoting from a flyer being distibuted at Liberty Plaza (on the site of Zuccotti Park): "Most of the activities of OWS (Occupy Wall St) are organized by working groups which report to the General Assembly. Working groups allow for as much or as little involvement as you have time for. Below are a list of working groups you can get involved in. <> Current Working Groups: Media - Outreach - Child Care - Safe Spaces - People of Color - Library - Design - Legal - Internet - Labor - Arts and Culture - Comfort - Food - Facilitation Training - Direct Action - Security - Students -- and more! You can also propose your own working group at any General Assembly... So the next time you visit, go to see the General Assembly or check out NYCGA.NET" ----------------- It won't be until we all see this tactic of Occupation and the creation of a new kind of democratic involvement as the real task: not a theme-park like visit to "see what's going on." Get involved! ...and BE what's going on! Respectfully submitted, Gymnos from Brooklyn