I heard someone compare the occupation to the Vietnam war protests, but they are not the same. This is the hopelessness of a people come together because we do not know what else to do. Our hands have been tied, our rights weakened, our jobs out sourced, our homes confiscated and our resources plundered. As I see it there are no demands or agendas because there is only this collective helplessness that has assembled a rag tag army that will not step down in the face of a corrupt authority. It takes courage and patience to continue, especially not knowing when you might be attacked. On October 5 the NYPD pepper sprayed the crowd and arrested 20 demonstrators, and in the dead of night on October 10 the Boston police stormed the tent city of Occupy Boston and arrested 100 people.
When I returned home from NYC I fell asleep thinking about the young women and men sleeping in the open on a cold October night, dreaming of a hot shower and a warm meal, and determined to go the distance. If you decide to make the trip to Liberty Park or to an Occupy Wall Street in your own area, bring food to share and take the time to listen to each other, and you will hear what is in your own heart.