Friday, November 18, 2011

We Don't Die, We Multiply, Occupy

November 17, 2011 marks a historic day for the Occupy movement around the world. In New York over 30,000 people marched in the streets voicing their opinions about the injustice in government, corporations and our political systems. How on earth, can a person working for a corporation making minimum wage that adds up to a whopping $16,000 a year, want to work for a CEO making $16,000 an hour? Something is terribly wrong with that extreme wage variance.

Wake up people! Stop allowing these corporations to dictate your salary of peanuts. It is time to hit the streets with Occupy and speak out against this oppression and greed. A few weeks ago when we were marching through the streets of San Diego I was thinking to myself "when are we going to see our Spanish and cultural friends on the streets with us marching for their rights?"

Guess what? They showed up yesterday at the civic center in downtown San Diego around 1pm. When I walked in to see them marching in a circle, it brought a feeling of excitement to my core. Yes, they arrived! Within 10 minutes of marching in a circle, the group hit the sidewalk along 3rd st and slowly made their way into the street. We marched across Broadway and in front of NBC. Then marched across Broadway again blocking traffic in all directions.

Our Spanish brothers and sisters showed up when we least expected, but when we greatly needed them. A man that has attended many GA's and would open his speech with, "I am here from Chicano Square letting you know we stand with you," was the one who organized this group of immigrants, janitors, maids and people that work for the 1% at sweat shop laborers. These people were risking being deported and arrested.

Yesterday, around the country and world people took to the streets showing their solidarity with the Occupy movement. Declaring, "We are Occupy, We are never gonna die, When you try and take our stuff, We will only Multiply!" You can hear it in their voices they are pissed off. Mad as hell! They are not going away until their voices are heard and their demands met. They are survivors and people know they deserve better.