After talking a bit more with Fawkes01, I wandered off to encounter a semi-familiar acquaintance from the past. I was almost immediately surprised by my failure to previously recognize the value of this man’s insight, and greedily listened to what he had to say. After some discussion, and informing me of his disappointment with the outcome of Occupy Sarasota, he asked me if I’d join him for a trip to Tampa. I accepted.
The main event was directly located near the Tampa Police dept, where an effort for officers killed in active-duty was occurring simultaneously to the protest.
Surprisingly, the police were highly cooperative, and no interference of any kind was observed. Even more surprising was the fact that the Tampa Police dept. offered toilets to the protesters. However, in my multiple attempts to interview various officers, none were willing to comment in any way, shape, or form about the event. I encountered an individual in military uniform, who also refused to offer any comment or insight.
Moving on to the park, there were many people and conversations. Thanks to the driver, I knew what to look for. Amongst the many examples of superior organization, was a medical tent which to everyone’s delight, went unused. After speaking with several of the organizers, I learned that the event was more organized than I had imagined. Nurses United maintained a medical tent, the Security Group – comprised of ex-law enforcement and military – helped encourage lawful conduct, a Tactics Team had pre-mapped the marches, as well as positioned themselves at crosswalks to encourage lawful foot traffic. An Action Group, had volunteered to train protesters in safety methods – in case of arrests – and offered training in additionally useful skills.
The Media Group handles the press, deal with twitters, and manages the OccupyTampa.org website. Legal support was also present, offering Legal Observer training to spot any abuse of force, or other forms of negative interference. NLG.org has volunteered their services too, notably, by having thoroughly researched local ordinances and city standards before initiating the protest. This was important for many reasons, a volunteer explained: informing me that three misdemeanors in a specific time-period could equal a felony.
Those involved in organizing the event, do so in a very democratic way. All decisions are discussed in advance, and consensually agreed upon before implementation. Openness was their unofficial policy.
Interesting discussions were all around. I spoke with one very pleasant man who was currently unemployed, and very concerned about the state of America. Asking him if he believed himself to have a dynamic understanding of the many causes for the protest, he answered affirmatively. Mortgage crisis, bailouts, and cuts in Social Security and Medicare had motivated his attendance. There has “been no bigger scam in the history of the world”, he said, and that was not at all the US government, but “major scams” which he opposed. He still supports Obama, and this led to an interesting and productive conversation. He’d previously been an investor, and has occupied various professions.
I encountered a young man picking up litter, and learned that he was part of WeAreChangeTampa.org. We both agreed that it was, indeed, time for authentic change.
After wandering around for a while, I found the driver, who was conversing with an interesting lady. Inquiring on what inspired her attendance, I got an earful for which I had no regrets. As a sales professional and previous homeowner, she told me her story. For 31 months she’d been attempting to modify her home, and had been enduring torrents of bureaucratic abuse and neglect.
“They want monthly bank statements, and all these updates every month”, she lamented. “If you send out forms highlighted, they reject it and demand circles . . . and if you underline something, they want highlights,” she continued.
It certainly seemed a bit excessive. Facing foreclosure, she attempted a short-sale, and had a contract due to close just a week or so after the foreclosure date was set. Despite support from neighbors preferring to avoid local foreclosures, and after fierce battle with a corrupt judge, they pursued the foreclosure, and “without any evidence to justify it”, took their loot. We all agreed on the highly preventable nature of such wretched affairs, and that this was essentially an uncompromising hunt for foreclosures.
I was appalled to hear of the time when seeking assistance, she contacted Chase Manhattan, and a representative asked if she’d like to have the “Chase Suicide Hot-line” number. Astonished at this bizarre recommendation, she took the number and called it for different reasons. She quickly learned that it was not the Chase Suicide Hot-line, but simply the Suicide Hot-line. She ended the conversation by asking, “Do you get many calls?”, to which the reply was “Yes”. We again agreed that a cooperative class-action effort against these criminals was needed, and that through such, their agenda could be exposed and appropriately prosecuted. “Manipulate the price of pork, and damage my profits, maybe… But why go after people’s homes?” was the final quote of the conversation.
For anyone questioning the Occupy movement which is now spreading throughout the nation, one need only open their ears and eyes for adequate understanding. Various media whores have undermined the true nature of these protests, and some have even intentionally avoided them. Amongst the myriad reasons and individuals involved, the vast majority are justified and highly sensible. I observed not a single vulgar, or otherwise crude action, or word.
In all my observations, there were zero problems, and the park was left in a cleaner state than it had been before the event. With bullhorns prohibited, the voices of many (the people’s mic) were used instead. Though a curfew is in effect for the park, it was not enforced. Overall, it was a productive and harmonious protest, and I hope it will be but one of as many as are necessary until we get actual change.
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