A growing assembly of likeminded individuals, the no longer silent 99% gathered at McPherson Square on October 6, 2011 to continue to make their voices heard. Centered in the heart of America’s governmental and capitalist economic focal point, Occupy DC/Occupy K St has been growing steadily ever since it’s birth on October 1st and shows no signs of stopping.
As members of the once named ‘silent majority’ gathered in a circle exchanging ideas and updates from the various committees spreading the truth about the nature of American democracy and, in unison, recited the proclamation recently conceived from their brothers and sisters in Occupy Wall Street, their numbers began to grow. Passers-by became involved in the discussion and voiced their experiences and reasons for being at this gathering and what their hopes for the nation and those suffering from the pandemic of corporate greed should be.
Moved by the power of this growing movement and the strength that all the peoples of the Occupy Movement assembled in solidarity represent, one woman stepped forward to share her story and as she held back tears she painted a vivid picture of the hurt and betrayal that she endured to this point.
A handful of individuals from the simultaneous demonstration in New York, Occupy Wall Street, stood to show their support of the local, organically grown movement in DC. Where some would seek to create division, one man spoke up to clear the air.
Amid chanting and an overwhelming emotional outpouring, the assembly fortified their belief in the message of this revolution and in solidarity and oneness amongst all peoples of the world as they stand together against what they defined as an unjust, uncaring corporate plutocracy.
Shydi Evans, aka Se7en of band ‘The Villains 21’, had these words of reflection.
The image of so many people from various walks of life coming together sent a message of unity and power against the corporate power structure that holds unprecedented sway over the governing body of the United States. They again and again raised the question, “whose country is this?” and in unison the 99 percent, not the 1 percent, responded, “OUR COUNTRY!”
Occupy DC is gathered at McPherson Square indefinitely. General Assembly is held at 12 noon and 6 pm on weekdays; however, there is no bad time to join the 24 hour occupation. They welcome and encourage volunteers, donations, and an exchange of ideas and inspiration from the local community.