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My New Favorite Holiday: May Day

As an Occupier I've been asked many times "What are your demands?" Yesterday I was asked "What do you hope America can learn from this march?"

After marching with over 30,000 people from Bryant Park through lower Manhattan yesterday, a Daily News reporter suddenly asked me what I thought America could learn from this march.

Images of hundreds of signs I’d seen that day passed through my head. I quickly tried to think of which one to talk about. Almost all of these concerns are deeply connected. Was there a way I could sum them up in my own words?

All I could say was what popped into my head. That I don’t think people should be ashamed of being poor, unemployed, hungry or homeless. Or working two jobs and still not being able to pay the bills. Join the club, it’s a big one. 150 million of us are struggling with poverty in this country right now. I think the first step towards working to solve this problem is to acknowledge it and talk about it. 

Coming out and talking to other people about their challenges has been tremendously empowering and humbling. Marching with this huge crowd and talking to people individually was one of the most moving things I’ve ever done. Knowing that hundreds of May Day marches were taking place all over the world involving hundreds of thousands of people gave me a deep sense of international community. 

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Preliator May 04, 2012 at 01:26 PM
I think that pretty much sums it up, thanks AI 17.
KY May 04, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Thank you Jaguar-Guy. You bring up a good point. Remember, fellow patriots, our country took birth ONLY for the courage of Radicals like Paul Revere, Nathan Hale, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, John Adams, the list goes on and on. You know them. They are the The Radicals, the Traitors, the Resistors, the Protestors, the Demonstrators, the Marchers, and the Fighters who fought for the Radical idea that the people should govern themselves. Don't believe for a second, Jaguar-Guy, that your freedom is guaranteed without your participation in your democracy. Like the Radicals who have so courageously gone before us, and in their honor, we must rise to equal levels of 'Radical' to preserve the precious gift they have entrusted us to protect. Today, the government of our dear country is owned and operated by rich and powerful corporations. The government of our country is responsible for the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of innocent civillians in many parts of the world. This is not the country I want. I trust you feel the same way, Jaguar-Guy. Remember, Jaguar Guy, the admonishment given to us by a fellow patriot, Edward Abbey, "A patriot must always be prepared to defend his country against its government". The Occupy Movement is the People's Movement, Jaguar-Guy. If one must be radical to defend ones country, then so be it...........OCCUPY!
Al 17 May 04, 2012 at 01:49 PM
KY-what the heck are you talking about? I'm not the one marching, chanting, complaining or squatting for change so why do I need to come up with ideas? Here's my idea. Are you ready because it's a radical one---take reponsibilty for your own life and go to work. (not you, per se, but OWS in general) The only thing the Founder's promised us in the Constituion was equality of freedom, not equality of outcome. "A society that puts equality - in the sense of equality of outcome - ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom"-Milton Friedman
Al 17 May 04, 2012 at 01:57 PM
KY,again you make no sense. Isn't it everyone's desire to become richer? Do you really think your "brothers and sisters" would still be there if they hit the lotto? Oh sure, they would be walking around handing out hundreds. Yeah, right. If you believe that our representives are owned by the rich, why not go after them? The rich don't work for you, the politicians do so your quarrel should be with them. Why target those who earn their money instead of the People's elected representatives who get paid with your taxes while paving the way for the evil rich to get richer at the expense of the poor and downtrodden? As I said, a rudderless ship...
Al 17 May 04, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Your welcome "brother or sister".

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