Some people are tired of Occupy Wall Street. They say OWS participants are discontented rabble who want something for nothing. They say protesters are annoying and bad for America.
But for the thousands who will gather in Zuccotti Park tomorrow, Occupy Wall Street is a warm, welcoming community that’s picking up the slack where so many government programs have failed.
From 2 – 6 pm, Occupy Wall Street volunteers will serve a free Thanksgiving Dinner for New Yorkers who might otherwise have nothing to eat and nowhere to go.
“This is all about supporting the 99%,” said Megan Hayes, an organizer with the #OWS Kitchen working group, and a former high end chef. “So many people have given up so much to come and be a part of the movement because there is really that much dire need for community. We decided to take this holiday opportunity to provide just that – community.”
More than three thousand individually wrapped plates will be distributed on Thursday in accordance with New York State Health Code. People in the community have opened their homes to cook meals. A lot of community organizations are involved and Liberty Cafe in East NY donates space for the #OWS Kitchen working group.
Locally-owned family business, Texas BBQ will be providing 2,000 of the meals, which will be purchased with donated funds and served along with the home-cooked meals from supporters and food from the People’s Kitchen at Occupy Wall Street. The Owners of Texas BBQ are Egyptian and are supporters of the Occupy Movement.
The Occupy Wall Street websites reports that Indigenous Americans, religious leaders, food justice activists and leaders from peoples’ movements around the world are speaking on Thursday at Liberty Square. The celebration is open to the entire NYC community, and all are invited.
OWS Volunteers will also be collecting donations of canned foods that will go to local food banks and pantries throughout the city.
As I’ve mentioned before, the value of OWS extends far beyond its success in pointing out economic greed and political corruption. It’s most important accomplishment has been to demonstrate a new way to live: in harmony with each other and nature.
If you support this effort, please donate to the OWS campaign to film open source movies about sustainable community.
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