Monthly Archives: October 2011

Occupy Wall Street: Winter Wonder Land?

We are the 99% protest sign in Down town Dayton Ohio with a season pumpkin stand

OK. I know this is mostly a food blog, but I have taken a little break to talk about the Occupy Wall Street Movement, which does have elements of Food Activism, with off shoot movements like Occupy Monsanto.

The big question is winter. Will the Occupy part of the movement be hindered by the cold winter weather?

I figure it will get harder and harder for people to stay out 24/7 on cold winter nights. Full time Occupying is both the strength and the challenge to the movement.

Not since the Hoovervilles of the great depression has mass Occupy protests been used.

Improvised Rain Shelter Container, Downtown Dayton

But the deal is that full time occupiers seem to be only a handful of people who support the movement like myself.

Ed Shultz of MSNBC’s, The Ed Show, calls the movement, the 99%, which takes the whole Occupy out of the equation to represent it as the angry 99% who have seen their portion of wealth stagnate as the 1% sky rockets thanks to lower taxes like capital gains and bail out of Wall Street.

On a trip to Dayton Ohio’s Occupy group, members told me that there are large groups on weekends in the hundreds, but only 4-6 full time occupiers with about 10 people there on daytimes.

Dayton Ohio Occupy Wall Street Protestor with a sign that could have been taken from the Tea Party

The Full Timers do get the attention (and the arrests) and for those in the movement the deserve our support.

For me it is about increasing numbers, which comes from the large group of weekend warrior types and participation in pre-planned large attended rallies and marches.

More Signs then Protestor on week days awaiting weekend warriors to carry them, Dayton Ohio

I say, lets get the large rallies happening where people come out in great numbers and make a loud noise for a few hours, gain momentum, network and then go home to keep it going on social media, youtube, blogs and to their friends at work.

This means bumper stickers, T-shirts, buttons etc…and flyers around campus along with pre-planning for schedule events.

See my Occupy Wall Street Shop at Cafepress.com

If you are going to college, start an Occupy Group or if you belong a to church, how about starting an occupy group on the grounds of your church or inside?

And lets not forget the Spring, Summer and Fall weather is a few months away with this next election season. Once the weather warms up, Occupiers will be in force occupying the beach heads the hardcore members have staked a claim too.

 

 

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I am just having too much fun designing T-shirts. I came up with Democracy is good a few days ago. I am a big fan of voting. There will always be personal politics, but I feel that voter turn out in the US is low. So get out there and vote people. Democracy is good.

So where does Democracy is good fit into the local and food movement? I figure that people vote with their fork with what they eat too.

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The Occupy Wall Street Movement is starting to gain some energy in Ann Arbor. There is a small group of campers in Liberty Plaza in Down Town.

There is a meeting on Thursday, so I will see if the group has gotten bigger, or kicked out for that matter.

I assume that it will eventually move inside when the weather gets colder with more organized rallies instead of camping, but I could be wrong.

Maybe camping out in all sorts of weather in protest is a strong statement and it will continue.

OWS is still very new and it does not seem to fit into a nice media package like the tea party did.

I think that makes the media want to talk about it even more.

See SNL video parody of Mayor Bloomberg

The coverage is very piece meal with journalist asking one or a few people why they are their at various “camp ins” and receiving a lot of different answers.

My understanding is that it is not about support of a certain piece of legislation or party. It feels more like what happened in Egypt where the people rallied to change things at the top, but I speculate.

I am having fun making T-shirts.

T-shirt ideas are welcomed.

Thanks

Brian

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OK. I have been on An Occupy Wall Street T-shirt design bender for a few days now.

Ann Arbor had their own Occupy gathering last Thursday at Liberty Plaza at 6:00 PM. I think they will meeting same time every week.

There were about 200 people at the rally. It was more of a huge meeting than a rally with people dividing into structured groups to coordinate the various aspects of organizing larger rallies and “occupations” of public spaces to support the movement.

As of yet, no one is camping out in the park as far as I know or in Ann Arbor for the Occupy Wall Street Movement. It is starting to get cold at night.

On the food end (this is a food blog after all) I read an article in the New York Times about how well the Wall Street Protesters are eating.

Want to Get Fat on Wall Street? Try Protesting
By JEFF GORDINIER Published: October 11, 2011

Since the protests began in September, nearby restaurants have experienced a strange uptick in phone calls and online orders, many of them coming from other parts of the world. Telly Liberatos, 29, the owner of Liberatos Pizza on Cedar Street in the Financial District, said he has received orders from places like Germany, France, England, Italy and Greece, as well as every region of the United States.

They have grown so big that they are looking for a commercial kitchen

Ms. Ferrara said they had begun looking for a nearby kitchen they could use to prepare all the perishable food coming in; that might reduce the need to rely on takeout. “We’re hoping to find a donated space,” she said. “A better, more professional space so that we can cater to the needs of our growing family, and prepare better meals, basically.”

And they even get NYC Deli. I am jealous.

At Katz’s, the deli on Houston Street, “thousands of dollars” in Occupy Wall Street orders have been coming “from customers who are sympathetic to the cause,” said Alan Dell, one of the owners. The deli has sent pastrami, brisket, corned beef and turkey sandwiches, as well as heaps of pickles, potato salad and coleslaw. “The potato latkes don’t travel well because there’s no way to heat them up again,” Mr. Dell said.

And Organic Cookies like I make and sell at the Farmers Market

Bob Reich, who once worked for Birdbath Bakery in Manhattan, appeared in the encampment a few minutes before 7 p.m. bearing bags of freshly baked cookies. “The ingredients are as organic as we can get them,” he said.

The first few protesters in line for dinner would, it seemed, enjoy an upscale dessert course. Why had Mr. Reich made the effort? “Because I support what people are doing here,” he said. “And who doesn’t love a cookie?”

This movement is really too new to say where it will go, but I like the community food aspect and I will mentioned to the local group to feature a potluck at the weekly get together.

Part of my take on Occupy Wall Street is that we have to start taking care of each other, while we are working to create change.

Big business and stalemated Gov’t does not seem up to the job, but I feel that we can’t just drop out and let them off the hook. If we want change, we must work to change these flawed systems.

Part of taking care of each other is sharing good home made food.

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OK. I know this is a food blog, so why do I have a post with a T-shirt for Occupy Wall Street?

For starters I designed these Occupy Wall Street T-shirts and I wanted to show them off.

For second, Wall Street has a huge say on what we eat.

Many of the big US corporations are fast food, junk food and corn syrup juice makers, so our food system lives in a large part with our huge Wall Street economy.

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Michigan Beer Documentary: Beer People

Michigan Beer Documentary Kickstarter.com

I am a big fan of promoting local Michigan Food related kickstarter.com projects.

Allen Torres is a Senior at U of M who is making a documentary about Michigan Beer called Beer People.

His needs and funding request is minimal at $750 and he is already half way to his goal with 10 days left.

If interested, please check out this Kickstarter.com Fundraiser Page