Occupy Cincinnati started today. And wow was it one hell of a turnout. I think it’s safe today we had anywhere from 500-1,000 take to the streets today, spanning at least 5-6 blocks in Cincy. Young, old, black, white, hispanic, vegan, meat eater, gay, straight, families, Republican, Democrat, right, left, literaly every and all walks of life were there exercising our basic, human, American right.
For those of you living under a rock, and not paying attention to the news the past 3 weeks, Occupy Wall Street, has been the ongoing kickoff to a movement storming the country. To me, it makes me happy that my generation is actually getting off their butts and starting to do something. I had read somewhere a few weeks ago an article written by a middle aged blogger, that protests were a normal thing “back in the day”, and how its sad that my generation and future gens might not even know or have that luxury. Guess what. It’s our time now. Cincy is not the first city to join. In fact, we’re a little late in the game.
So what is Occupy Cincy all about? From the group:
Say NO to corporate greed & coruption!
Occupy CIncinnati Unity Statement:
As we gather together in soidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.
As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality:
- that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members;
- that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors;
- that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth;
- that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power.
We come to you at a time when corporations – which place profit over people, self-interest over justince, and oppresion over equality – run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.
It all started as a gathering in Lytle Park, and then the masses took to the streets, actually adding people as it went, and being supported by passing cars, and small businesses, and even random strangers living in the area!
The group walked through downtown, stopping at the various corporate head quarters, and corporate office towers along the way, and worked its way through Over the Rhine to Findlay Market, and to a rally on Fountain Square that is still going until 1am, in which those occupying 24/7 will take to the sidewalk and Lytle Park (public property) to gather once again in the morning, with a general assembly at Garfield Park at 2pm on Sunday. An updated schedule can be found at OccupyCincy.org
One of my favorite signs from the day was “Due to budget cuts, the light at the end of the tunnel has been SHUT OFF”
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