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.
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.
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.
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.
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.