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Occupy Salt Lake City: Day 2

by Lexie Levitt
- Posted // 2011-10-07 -

Activists come in all different kinds. Some abstain from eating meat because they are against the factory-farm system. Some attend protests on the weekends and then go home to their jobs and families. Though the actions of these kinds of activists are brave and important, they often don’t pose a great immediate threat to the status quo. For this reason, another type of activism was born: occupation. The people behind Occupy Wall Street have been camped out for nearly three weeks now. Their message is “We are not going anywhere until things change.”

Now the movement has come to Salt Lake City, and a small tent city has sprung up in Pioneer Park. After the march on Thursday, many protesters chose not to go home and resume their normal lives. They stayed. Last night, only about a half a dozen tents could be seen. This afternoon, there were close to 40 tents and about 100 occupiers.

The camp is now situated on the north end of the park instead of the south end, in an effort to prevent damage to receding grass. Peace Keepers, volunteers from the activist group Peaceful Uprising, kept watch throughout the night to make sure the camp was safe. The only complaints from those who spent the night on Thursday were that it was extremely cold and that some overly enthusiastic occupiers were a little too loud.

The camp is well-organized and comfortable. A larger tent with a cross serves as first aid. A shade tent with mosquito netting sits on the periphery of the camp. Called the “Sacred Space,” it provides occupiers with a quiet place to meditate or pray. The “kitchen” is lined with tables that are stacked high with a variety of snacks. Most of the food comes from individual donors who support the cause, but a few local businesses have mobilized, as well. BlueStar Juice & Coffee is providing an unlimited supply of coffee. Rimini and Greenhouse Effect have also donated. Occupiers can munch on apples, bagels, and other snacks. A huge selection of teas is also available, as well as a healthy supply of bottled water. A table with the sign “Free School” sits on the north end of the camp, with a sign-up sheet for anyone who wants to teach a class or workshop.

“It’s going incredibly well,” says Occupy Salt Lake organizer Greg Lucero. “We made it through the first night, which is always a good thing. We had at least a 100-person march this morning. There’s going to be another march at 6 p.m. that we decided on at the last General Assembly. The [next] General Assembly is meeting again at 7 p.m. and we’re going to be deciding a lot of things about the camp and our procedure and where we’re going from here.”

Occupy Salt Lake is definitely a different kind of activism. It still remains to be seen whether it will have a different kind of effect on our community.

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Posted // October 10,2011 at 13:29
We The People,
have an opportunity to discuss what needs
to change in government and Corporate
America. The Occupy platform is being established
to have discussions and to divise
a plan to create a workable agenda of
what ‘we’ would like to be addressed.
Right off the top of my head I can think of a few items that I have been concerned about for
many years, such as lobbyist in government at any level. I really don’t see where ‘bribery’ is an
ethical occupation, especially when they lobby to elected officials who have the responsibility
to do the bidding of the people. Okay, I mean the everyday American, not the ones who
contribute to their election campaign, see there is another area that needs a good fix.
Another thing that bugs the crap out of me is any type of ‘closed door’ meetings! What are
our Utah Legislatures hiding? Remember, we hired them to do our work, not to do what they
want to do according to any gospel or campaign kick-back. They can call it what they want,
but I have the right to speak my mind and to call bull-sh*#t when I hear it.
I guess where I am going with this is to have a goal to come up with 99 topics and, hopefully,
99 solutions of how these old processes can be changed. I have a lot of reasearch to do,
since I am not familiar with all of the inner workings, but it is better to try than to sit on my behind
and do nothing at all. Who knows, the whole ‘Occupy’ could create new jobs to help
monitor, audit, educate, train, etc. and benefit the job market in the long run.
Anyhoo, I really encourage you to speak your mind, peacefully, since we don’t need to be
violent in any situation, that just fuels their flame in self righteousness.
Boudica

 

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Posted // October 7,2011 at 19:26
The root reason for the, “Occupy
er’s” and the “99% er’s”. Gaze upon it if you dare. Maybe this will help make
the danger of fiat money clear. Imagine you and me are setting across from each
other. We create enough money to represent all of the world's wealth. Each one
of us has one SUPER Dollar in front of him. You own half of everything and so
do I. I'm the government though. I get bribed into creating a Central Bank.
You're not doing what I want you to be doing so I print up myself eight more
SUPER Dollars to manipulate you with. All of a sudden your SUPER Dollar only
represents one tenth of the wealth of the world! That isn't the only thing
though. You need to get busy and get to work because YOU'VE BEEN STIFFED with
the bill for the money I PRINTED UP to get YOU TO DO what I WANTED. That to me
represents what has been happening to the economy, and us, and why so many of
our occupations just can't keep up with the fake money presses.

 

 
 
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