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  • Owen Wolter


    Saturday October 8th, 2011

    Posted at 10:30am

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    It’s the movement everyone in North America is talking about.

    A political action campaign powered by a Facebook page has a number of people planning to occupy and protest at Windsor City Hall on October 15th, drawing inspiration from a movement on Wall Street in New York City.

    The Occupy Wall Street movement is a “leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions” designed to be “the 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%”. further describes the movement as “using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.”

    According to organizers of the Windsor event:

    In support of Occupy Wall Street, and all the other cities standing up for their rights. Keep yourself informed, and inform others. The media is not covering this story, (which is possibly the biggest movement of our time, spreading across every continent), so we have to cover it ourselves. Ignorance is NOT bliss.

    On October 15th, the 99% are standing up to the 1% “elite” of the population. And Windsor will be doing the same.

    One Facebook poster to the page proposed a “sit down” in front of traffic on Huron Church leading to the Ambassador Bridge with a suggestion to “force a back-up of trucks and traffic in Michigan”, while another poster cautioned that the movement could become “a very dangerous powder keg very quickly”.

    You can see the Occupy Windsor Facebook Page here.

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    • E.J. Johnson

      “Any revolutionary change
      must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude
      toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so
      frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system
      that they are willing to let go of the
      past and change the future. This acceptance is the reformation essential
      to any revolution. To bring on this reformation requires that the
      organizer work inside the system, among not only the middle class but
      the 40 per cent of American families – more than seventy million people –
      whose income range from $5,000 to $10,000 a year [in 1971]. They cannot
      be dismissed by labeling them blue collar or hard hat. They will not
      continue to be relatively passive and slightly challenging. If we fail
      to communicate with them, if we don’t encourage them to form alliances
      with us, they will move to the right. Maybe they will anyway, but let’s
      not let it happen by default.” – Saul Alinsky, The Rules for Radicals.
      They are just playing by the rules. As I warned in 2008, America may
      not survive the Presidency of Barack Obama. An unfortunate prophecy that
      is being fulfilled before our very eyes.

    • dm

      very interesting…curious to see what the turn out will be like here in Windsor. I mean, we just had an election…and re-elected Francis. election time would have been time for an upheaval. everyone get the HELL out and VOTE!!! if you want change – there you go. we just had an election…and we basically voted the same parties back in.  i 100% agree with the idea of this demonstration…but a) focus is unclear and b) we had an election and we were so frightened of change – we voted the same dang people back in! confused? i am.

    • Steelhorse

      The problem is that we only had a 48% turn out. They like me are the ones still hoping the system will work, and it did for my vote. We now have a NDP in my riding, but still just more of the same. A lot of talk against a system that doesn’t want to hear what we really have to say. Harper doesn’t care what the other parties have to say. The system is broken and people are disenchanted to the point of why bother voting. But if you take a look at the federal level, you saw a very strong message when we made the NDP the official opposition. The war of ideologies has begun. The question is what side are you on. I’m a people person myself, but I can’t stand can’t stand greedy selfish people who could care less about others. That’s why I’ll be there on the 15th…it’s our turn to change the world, and it’s about time!!!! Peace love and happiness to all, and see you on the front lines.