Occupy Richmond: Take II

Unfortunately, I left an hour before the police raid on Occupy Richmond.

I had planned on getting arrested.

Not to worry. We’re not done by a long shot.

There are of course those who do not want us to speak. I suspect even now, orders are being shouted into telephones, and men with guns will soon be on their way. Why? Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there? – V


2 Responses to “Occupy Richmond: Take II”

  1. Hard to take the Occupy movement seriously. They show more concern over the theatrics (getting arrested and sporting the requisite made-in-China Guy Fawkes mask and maybe a Che T-shirt) than in actually trying to address the concerns of the real 99% – those that don’t want to destroy but who want to mend.

  2. Thanks for the comment, Nelson! I think your perception of the Occupy Richmond movement may possibly be a victim of local news coverage, which is invariably awful.

    To be clear, no one WANTED to be arrested. We’re not crafting a narrative here. We didn’t WANT to be breaking the law. And we certainly don’t want to destroy anything other than unjust laws.

    But news channels will naturally show and report exciting images and stories of arrests, while ignoring the WEEKS of personal and legal negotiations with representatives of the city to secure permissions, the daily hard work being done by legal, media, outreach, etc, along with the personal concerns and ideological goals of the people involved. It just doesn’t make for 30-second sound bytes.

    I encourage you to view my 30-minute documentary film on Occupy Richmond, “All Night, All Day”, which goes into the actual story and meaning of the OR movement, rather than just sensationalized accounts of arrests and Fawkes masks. It will be posted to this blog tomorrow morning, and I’ll make sure to post a link as a reply here.

    Thanks again for taking the time to comment, and I hope the Occupy Richmond community can prove itself to be one that is committed to building up this city rather than constantly having to struggle just to exist in public space.


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