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OCCUPY New Haven

Occupy New Haven celebrated its six monthaversary today. They advertised on Facebook an open celebration, and I went. I brought a box of books, a grocery bag of vintage science fiction magazines, and sliced apples and a fruit platter for the potluck.

I believe in the cause. I am not sure if the 1% even flippin' knows that Occupy New Haven still exists (one of the last). I believe in most of what they say. I'm proud that I, with my family, have donated clothing and books.  When the bulldozers attacked someone's home last week and the crowd on the sidewalk roared its approval, I'm ashamed to say that I didn't yell NO! with the people inside the encampment. I stayed silent.

I haven't really said much, actually.

I walked around for about an hour and a half, listening to the music and to the clergies' blessings of the garden. I barely talked to anyone, just two older guys who walked up to me, and to a really nice guy with a very sweet pit bull that I petted a lot. I took a bunch of photographs with my cell phone, which I'll upload to Facebook. I didn't take pictures of the little kids who were there, obviously, but I did watch the little kids playing happily.

One thing was cool. Last week, a lady named Sara got busted for basically blocking someone's home from being destroyed. I had talked to her wife at the time of the arrest, and had been thinking about them both all week. She spoke at one point, so I was able to figure out who she was. I was able to walk up to her and shake her hand, and point out that the media is quick to point out that she'd been arrested, but not that she had been freed. She is mostly OK, and I'm glad I got to see her even if she doesn't know me.

Politics with which I don't agree were the next topic introduced by the platform after that, so I walked out as silently as I had walked in.

The vibe I picked up was good, but not as great as it was when the police were threatening them last week. I'm glad that they - the people I saw - seemed healthy and happy, but their happiness didn't really do much for the funk I'll be in.  (I came home and wrote sympathy cards.)

I'm really glad I went, and wouldn't mind being more active in the dynamic.


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Apr. 16th, 2012 01:32 am (UTC)
It's always hard to tell whether anyone is listening to your protest, most especially the people who should. Nevertheless, this is probably the best behaved Occupy group in the country.
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