Why is it that nearly two dozen Occupiers from the same general part of the country and heading to the same place had to be stranded for several days down in Charlotte after the DNC?
These dedicated activists came down to protest both the RNC and DNC risking not just their freedom but potentially their lives. The National Guard who was present but well hidden were give orders to shoot to kill, should protesters break the police lines and make it out of the so called free speech zones into the convention areas.
These same activists were also needed in attendance for the events in New York called S-17 (September 17) for the one year anniversary of OWS’s occupation of Zuccotti park in the financial district of New York.
So why is it, that these individuals are still left stranded in Charlotte? Where is the solidarity from OWS to match that of those that are stranded because of their dedication to a movement that is clearly not doing its part to support them?
We have all preached solidarity to one another, yet it seems that very few of us act on such words.
Everything that gets done seems to happen on the backs and wallets of a few. Is it that the majority of people are armchair warriors in this movement, attending G.A.’s and the thousands of bureaucratic meetings that make doing real direct action all but impossible?
It seems to me that we have become that in which we profess to hate, mangling ourselves in so much red tape and bureaucratic refuse as to make any real change impossible.
We talk of so many high ideals, such as inclusiveness, solidarity, love, diversity of tactics, the list goes on, but what are we doing to serve these ideals.
Does it matter that you don’t know me or Lash, Harris, or any of the others who were stranded out here, the fact is that we’re doing what you didn’t have time to do, or were too afraid to do, thus deserve at the very least your support.
Instead our path was forged not by those calling on us, those that have more than enough money to have gotten the job done days ago, but by smaller, poorer occupies, worse still by private individuals rather than the collective.
Occupy should seriously check its privilege and get back on track with what it says it stands for, before the movement is lost, not that it matters because it can and will be replaced as was the tea party and all other movements that have been co-opted, by party politics and bureaucracies.
We the people have had enough of the same old bull shit, and we are calling bull shit on the lack of support by those within the movement that have means, yet refuse to support their brothers and sisters that go out and do the dirty work.