Occupy Cincinnati

9 10 2011

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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8 responses

9 10 2011
Totenglocke

Protesting for the “basic right” to someone else’s money? The overwhelming majority of these people are protesting because they made bad decisions with their lives (not enough education, picked a high-turnover field to go into, took on too much debt buying unnecessary luxuries, etc) and now they want someone else to be forced to pay for it.

9 10 2011
Rachel

Did you even read the above?!?!?! Not once was any of that mentioned! The people protesting are not a bunch of unemployed people asking for a hand out, as those as uneducated about the movement as yourself, seem to think they are. Many protesters, such as myself, work 2 or 3 jobs. And others can’t afford to go back to school as we’re still paying our student loan debt. please go actually read thd statement above and kindly educate yourself.

10 10 2011
Totenglocke

As I said – you picked a bad field to go into and took on too much debt. I graduated from college during the recession and while I didn’t get the job I wanted, I was still able to get a job that pays the bills and I didn’t go to a massively overpriced private school, I went to a public school and paid for as much of it as possible through working while in school.

I’m sorry that you have to work multiple jobs – I really am. I’ve been there before and it sucks. However, it’s not anyone else’s fault, nor is it their responsibility to provide you with money to fix your problems.

I did read the “statement”, however it clashes with what the actual people out there say with their own mouths. Besides, the statement isn’t much better implying that the government should create useless jobs to provide everyone with “work” – that’s no different than welfare, just more expensive. We have a society with an increasingly shrinking group of people who pay taxes and those taxes are then used to subsidize the rest of the country who DON’T pay taxes – how the heck is that fair? We’re currently sitting at around 48% of adults in the US not paying income tax – yet they then have the nerve to go out and complain that the remaining 52% should keep having to pay more and more taxes.

10 10 2011
Rachel

I believe that again… you are missing the point. This isn’t about making jobs for everyone. This is about keeping the jobs here, not outsourcing them, so that the execs can make even more money. So that our wages are comparable to the money we as American should be making and not comparable to the $1 the people working over seas are making. This isn’t about better jobs, or working hard. Pretty sure I’d have to be a pretty hard worker to have a full time job (with benefits etc etc before THAT argument comes up as well), and then a second part time one… I still can pay my bills.. barely. This has nothing to do with me wanting someone to pay me more, or having a better job. I’m comfortable.. ish… for now. I’m lucky enough to be living paycheck to paycheck. The new poverty level is anyone making under $22k a year, based on inflation and goods prices which have increased exponentially over the past few years, while wages have remained pretty steady.

This movement is about the corporations that took bailouts, and yet still laid off workers, shipped the jobs overseas, and gave their execs big fat bonuses with that money. and haven’t paid it back. Are there a few places that didn’t take it? yes. are there others that have paid it back? also yes. But those are a minority. And you can’t use an argument about things coming out of others mouths if you weren’t there… I know I sure didn’t see you. If you were… great. glad you could join us. But this is not about me. never has been never will be. This is about trying to turn our country around out of this depression and horrendous unemployment rate… as obviously the govt and the corporations are not helping, yet these execs are making more money than they ever have… THAT is what this is about….

9 10 2011
badgerfem

There were many different ideas expressed by the protestors. A man approached may people calling them “communists” Many around informed him they were not so. I did not see one person with “communist” written on their forehead. It seems the basic message was to end corporate greed and influence in our economy, political representation, and society at large. The people want their voices to be heard by politicians who line their pockets with corporate money and do not represent the majority of people who elect them.The protestors were exercising the constitutional right of free speech and assembly, in a nonviolent way. Most people want the freedom for “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” against the dominant paradigm which denies them of those goals.

13 10 2011
Kelly Worrall

The movement is about many things.

The biggest problem I see is that our economic system is set up in a way that permits wealthy people to keep themselves wealthy and other people poor. It is a simple case of the Haves vs the Have Nots.

The premise of America is that it is the land of opportunity – you can arrive (or be born) as a Have Not, and if you work hard enough, you can become a Have.

While this is still technically true, it is harder today than ever. Simply working hard is no longer enough. If you are lucky enough to be employed, you work hard not to get ahead, but to prevent yourself from losing your job. You work hard as a means of staying even.

If you want to get ahead, the first thing you need to do is get money. A lot of money. You will get that money from wealthy people, wealthy corporations or wealthy banks, and they will set up the investment in a way that makes it far more likely for them to make piles of cash off your work or your ideas than for you to succeed.

Is it technically possible for a person to bootstrap themselves into something? Sure. And if they have found a niche with no uber-wealthy competition, they may find a way to survive for more than a couple of years, but the odds are slim and getting slimmer.

America should not be about getting wealthy.

That is worth repeating…

America should NOT be about getting wealthy.

There is a finite amount of wealth. When one person builds wealth, other people lose wealth. Our system is rewarding people for amassing tons of wealth, and it is hurting everyone else. It is not mathematically possible for everyone to survive this way, and that is a big problem.

16 10 2011
Big 3 News

I attended the Occupy Cincinnati rally on Oct. 8th for a story on our website. The local group seemed to be more of a blend of the “corporate” themes heard by the national group, and issues specifically related to Cincinnati such as the 3CDC. I think there needs to be more discussion about what the groups actually hope to achieve and how to make their message more coherent. You can read our report and see exclusive pictures and video here: http://www.big3news.net/2011/10/08/protesters-occupy-cincinnati-over-corporate-greed-corruption-in-the-shadows-of-kroger-chiquita-and-pnc-bank-headquarters/

30 10 2011
Real Estate Agent

more fresh photos from OWS Movement (New York, Washington, Baltimore) you can find here:
http://homekrakow.pl/easyblog/wpis/14-instytucje-finansowe/17-occupy-world-kryzys-zaufania.html

In Poland we haven’t Movement like OWS, people are happy if they are working for corporations.

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