Occupy Providence 101

The General Rides on the Wild Side

INTRODUCTION TO OCCUPY PROVIDENCE

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10
11-12 and 12-1PM
SATURDAY 1-3

A ONE HOUR CLASS ON OCCUPY PROVIDENCE
TOUR OF THE PARK–
KITCHEN, HEALING ARTS TENT, WELCOME AND COMFORT TENT, SECURITY AND SUPPORT (24 HOUR VOLUNTEER STAFF), OUTREACH/MEDIA/INFO TENT

NO SIGN UP NEEDED, FIND DAVE AT THE KITCHEN TENT (GREY HAIR AND GREY BEARD)

This message brought to you by Ninjanurse, who ran into Dave at the Coffee Hour at First Unitarian. I mentioned the difficulty many, this writer included, have getting a handle on what the occupation is all about. Dave says that they are looking at the logistics of continuing to stay in the park while their right to occupy is debated in court. As to what it’s about, he said, “You gotta hang out. The community is the Revolution, simple community dynamics.”

I have spent time in retreat, among feminist women, among anti-nuclear activists. Something changes after a few days and the ‘normal’ world takes adjusting to. Me and Mr.Green stopped by the Occupation this morning and talked to a few people, then went to Stop and Shop. I felt a little jolt of when worlds collide– the food line in the park and the rows of soda and chips in the market. I have, and we all have, known other ways of being than power and consumption. Is this a power whose time has come?

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7 responses

  1. excellent. We had a meeting at Westminster today about OP.

  2. Greetings from Occupy Greenville!!!! (SC) Rock on.

  3. A “community revolution”????
    This motley assemblage is hardly the “community”of RI,rather one of their own making.
    I hope you didn’t buy those evil soda and chips(I don’t)and please remember,before any more pipe dreams about Valley Forge having any relationship to OWS/OP,etc.the people at Valley Forge didn’t have I-Pods and food donated from Whole Foods shelves.

    1. You might want to look at the Bonus Army, who also accepted donations and included homeless people.

      1. I am well aware of the Bonus Army and the shameful response of the Federal government.
        THEY had a specific issue and they were right.They had gone to war for this country and then were denied what had been promised to them.
        How does this compare with the OWS “movement”which is seemingly about a sense of general discontent?
        Please don’t use a legitimate protest from the distant past to justify or more accurately,glorify a rather amorphous rehash of Woodstock minus the music.
        Let’s face it Nancy-you’re enjoying the nostalgic memory of past protests and if you do,I have no quarrel with you.Just don’t try to sell it as something earth shaking.
        In any event,this “movement”is starting to deteriorate into a magnet for apolitical moochers and criminal elements-maybe not so much here,but certainly in some other cities.

  4. I don’t understand your purpose. I do think it is good that you are standing up and trying to be heard. But what do you want the people and governments to know? You need a mission statement, goal and a plan. This goes for all the groups in the US. And, a list of wants/demands.

    Right now, the powers to be aren’t taking you seriously because you aren’t telling them what you want. That is when violence erupts. Look at the civil rights and women’s movements. They had a mission, a goal and a plan. It took time to get everything but look at the results today. It is better than what it was back in the 60′s.

    And people listened. The powers to be know that you guys are upset,but there is no reaction because you aren’t telling them what you want from this sit in

    1. >> I don’t understand your purpose.

      All the more reason you should come to the primer! :) That’s what it’s set up to answer for you.

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