Saturday, October 22, 2011

We Are The 99% - Occupy Boston

As I mentioned in a recent post, there are few places to eat in the Financial District after hours and on weekends. So sometimes I walk down to Faneuil Hall for take-out.

On this particular day, as I was grabbing my meal, the folks from Occupy Boston marched through. I've seen them around the area and have been retweeting their tweets. Especially requests for food.

You can hear them chanting before you see them. "We are the 99%!"

It's quite an empowering message and one that we need to hear. Before I started my recent project, I had planned to do a lot more writing about this movement and wanted to be more involved. But time became an issue. So when I literally found myself in the middle of the march, I grabbed my camera and took a few pictures.

This nurse's sign is quite poignant. "I'm a nurse with no healthcare insurance. I am the 99%."

On this blog's left sidebar, I have different links about the Occupy Wall Street solidarity movements. I hope you'll check them out.

Especially read the individual stories on the blog We Are The 99 Percent. I wish many of our politicians would read these stories. I don't think they understand how tough it is out here for many people.

I'm glad that the media is starting to give more coverage, but it's still quite lacking. Tonight at 6:00pm, Noam Chomsky will be speaking in Dewey Square at Occupy Boston. Chomsky was recently interviewed about the Occupy Movement. Take a look here.

See the Occupy Together website stream to get a big picture view of the movement. Look at the Facebook page of Occupy The Hood to see how people of color are included in this movement.

Since you won't hear about most of what is happening on the news, in my opinion, the best way to see it all unfold is by watching on Twitter. There are so many groups that it can get overwhelming, so if you start watching Occupy Together, you can find many more.

What do you think of the Occupy Movement? I think that it was inevitable with the way things are moving in this country. It was time.

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Esme said...

I was in SF this weekend and Occupy SF was in the Financial District. On Sunday there was a march-it is a sad statement when a nurse does not have health care.

Lisa said...

esme - Good to see you my friend! I've been thinking about you and hope that all is well with you.

It is the biggest irony of all for a nurse not to have healthcare. So many things need to change in this country!

Can-Can said...

The Occupy movements are important because they represent an action and a coming together and a validation that we/you are not alone in our bewilderment, poverty despite weath being in proximity, etc., etc. I am watching, praying, and thinking about all of this.

Lisa said...

can-can - Yes! It's very empowering to think that we can join forces, talk about what's important to us and make a real difference. That's what a democracy is supposed to be all about. I can't say that I'll be sleeping out in the park, but I definitely support the movement!

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