Did felicity accidentally spark the Occupy Wall Street Demonstration?
Occupy Wall Street – For all of you who are unaware of the situation, Felicity was the young lady who was arrested this summer on wall street during the art performance Ocularpation. All of a sudden this Occupy Wall Street protest flares up – Coincidence??? Perhaps but unlikely: Ocularpation (which was an art project by Zefrey Throwell who was trying to make a point that Wall Street lacks accountability) sounds eerily similar to Occupy Wall Street not to mention the location. So naturally Felicity and I went down to talk to the protesters. On our way down there we had to sit in traffic because the Wall Street protesters caused so much mayhem on the Brooklyn Bridge that the NYPD closed it down – not a good start but we pushed on.
Once we got there we found a group of people – mostly in their 20′s – singing, holding up signs and chanting their different mantras. We were hoping to talk to the organizers but could not find out who they were. What we did find was a war room of laptops and the people who were manning the stations kept on yelling that they wanted any footage of police brutality and arrests (preferably in HD). After trying to talk to some of the people there (without making any headway) we decided to talk to some of the protesters. We talked to several people who seemed to be passionate about ending the status quo on a whole mess of issues, but had no thoughts about what should be done instead. Since I do agree that change is needed I kept pleading with the protesters to give me something that I could take away from all of this. I simply wanted to hear what they think should be done to correct the any one of the list of issues that they felt needed to be dealt with.
After about an hour or so we simply decided to leave empty handed and with no questions answered.
While I do not comment often this is one topic that I simply can’t seem to let go of. Finally there is a group of people who are willing to take a stand and fight for change, but how can I support such a valiant effort when I have no idea what they really believe in? Without any clear goals, no physical leadership, bench marks for success or specific ideas on how to better the country what would I really be supporting (not to mention the fact that they seem to have a whole lot of facts that are simply incorrect)?
So in any case, I have no idea if Felicity’s arrest had anything to do with it, but I sure hope not. Sparking a huge protest of naysayers who seem to be fighting against everything and could be happier when the police are forced to intervene is not something that I would ever put my name on. Spreading fear, inconveniencing the general public and hoping for the next shot of someone getting slammed to the ground by police is not something I am willing to support.
In closing I just want to add a couple of points. If these protesters care so much about the various issues then why haven’t they sent people to staff soup kitchens, clean up city parks or do anything that would impact the city in a positive manner… They have probably cost the city millions by now so don’t you think it is only fair if they were to shoulder some of the burden by helping out the people of New York City? Or are they simply going to continue yelling and screaming till we NY’ers are forced to pay more in taxes to cover the expense that they are creating?
As for Felicity – we still are not too sure why she was arrested, but she is due in court next month so send her tons of positive energies!
This article about the OWS movement was published by – Young Naturists & Nudists America
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