Why I’m Occupying

Posted: October 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

If you’re one of those people wondering why in the world those people are down there, if you’re one of those people wondering what’s making us sleep out in the cold, if you’re one of the people who tells us to just wait and vote, this message is for you.

I’m occupying because I have a degree from one of the country’s top colleges, a decade of work experience and I rarely get called back for any jobs I have applied for.

I’m occupying for Troy Davis and for Shaka Sankofa–because I will not allow this government and this system to continue lynching Black men and calling it justice.

I’m occupying because back when I had a decent part-time job (making $9.50/hour), and I was so scared of doing something wrong and being fired that my hands would shake all day and my jaw was constantly sore from the tension.  It ended up affecting my job performance so much that I was let go.

I’m occupying because I have been protesting the wars and the international crimes carried out in my name for too long.

I’m occupying because being told I must choose between Democrats and Republicans is like being told I must choose to drink antifreeze or drain cleaner.

I’m occupying because a war criminal can come to my city and charge $80 a ticket to talk about “peace.”

I’m occupying against the segregation of my city, which fifty years after the sit-ins at Woolworth’s began still stands at 86%.

I’m occupying because the wealth doesn’t belong to the people who create it.  They steal it from us and call it development.

I’m occupying because there are more empty homes in my city than there are homeless people, because the foreclosures continue and escalate.

I’m occupying because politicians are content with business as usual and business as usual is Goldman Sachs running the country.

I’m occupying for amnesty.  The people to arrest are the bankers and traders–not the undocumented.

I’m occupying because I live in a country where a person’s sexuality makes them a target and gender marks a person for violence, and this is unacceptable.

I’m occupying because we need a world without police and the brutality they inflict, a world without prisons and mass incarceration of people of color.

I’m occupying because with the money spent on war and occupation over the last decade the US government could have provided every unemployed person with a living wage job.

I’m occupying because what I’ve just described isn’t life.  It’s alienation at best and a death sentence at worst.  This system is broken, and we are the only ones who can fix it.

I’m occupying because I believe another world is possible–a world free of oppression and exploitation, a world where people come first, and the ugly specter of profit is absent from our lives.

I’m occupying because I believe that world is worth fighting for.

Occupy Greensboro: Meet at 3 PM, Saturday, October 15 in Government Plaza.  We’ll stay till the job is done!

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  2. Billy Jones says:

    “I’m occupying because I believe that world is worth fighting for.”

    As do I. And that’s why I’ll be there with you.

  3. Just A. Realist says:

    “I’m occupying because we need a world without police and the brutality they inflict, a world without prisons and mass incarceration of people of color.”

    From Wiki on Shaka Sankofa
    “Although he denied committing the murder he admitted that at the time of Lambert’s death he was on a week-long spree of armed robberies, assaults, attempted murders and one rape.”

    So in your ideal world without police what do you plan on doing when the next Shaka Sankofa decides you’re his target? Good luck with that.

  4. krm says:

    the world needs governemnt to contain the otherwise uncontainable,, for the safety and functionality of this over populated rock.. people will not stop multiplying.. how do we bring the peace? what will this new world be like? what do we change.. we have no money. we are policed and goverend by the dollar. Where are the solutions people?? stop asking questions only to get pissed off. fix the system. Change the world instead of saying the world is ready for change. I support the movement. lets be as proactive as possible.. education, food!!!!!

  5. John says:

    Trish – as you stand in Festival Park – take a look around at all the companies and developments that have received millions in taxpayer funds. Note Center City Park – which is private so you don’t have a right to be there, but receives taxpayer funds. See the high rise condos that got over $2mil in taxpayer money (amazing that rich people complain about subsidized housing but live in it in downtown Greensboro – including one Republican councilmember). Look across at Bank of America and see their corporate greed. But then also note the various charities that are doing great work in downtown Greensboro and the community support that exists there.

  6. Ross Wolfe says:

    Occupy Wall Street has so far been successful in enlisting the support of a number of leftish celebrities, prominent unions, and young activists, and has received a lot of media coverage. The protestors have successfully stood their ground against Bloomberg’s attempt to evict them.

    But this victory can by no means considered final. Rather, it tasks us with the question: “Where do we go from here?”

    If this successful moment of resistance against the coercion of the State is to signal a turning-point for this movement, it must now address the more serious political problems that confront it. It is crucial that the participants in these demonstrations ask themselves where they stand in history, and more adequately conceptualize the problem of capitalist society. This requires thorough reflection and unsentimental self-criticism.

    To this end, I have written up a rather pointed Marxist analysis of the OWS movement so far that you might find interesting:

    “Reflections on Occupy Wall Street: What it Represents, Its Prospects, and Its Deficiencies

  7. John says:

    I am occupying because we need to take back Washington. We need to stop letting politicians be bought and paid for by wall street and corporations. STAND UP and be HEARD.

  8. David Kemp says:

    Greensboro is a historical epicenter for Culture & civil rights progress. Beautiful words you write.

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