Update: Occupy Eugene
For those citizens that don’t know, Occupy Eugene, in solidarity with the now worldwide, Occupy Wall Street movement; has relocated its occupation site to Alton Baker Park. And quite frankly, many very dedicated protestors are less than happy with the move.
According to the Occupy Eugene website, an apparent unrest exists within the local movement as a result of the move, and is discussed in length. In reading the coversation thread, it becomes apparent that several participants now believe the “occupation” to be less than obvious. They’re not happy with the off the beaten path proximity of the park. nor its distance from downtown Eugene.
“what are we occupying?”
The ‘in your face’ impact of a Downtown Eugene Occupation, has been dumbed down a bit, by the protestors move to a larger, yet out-of –the-way riverside location. As of this writing, some of the protestors are headed back into town!
The mission statement:
In a Saturday morning interview with Argus, an articulate counter-culturists volunteer spokesperson for the local movement, it was shared with me that the governing committee had agreed to vacate the downtown plaza out of consideration for the historic Saturday Market; A Venue that represented many of the social as well as the sustainable fiscal equality that the group was fighting for.
Argus was kind enough to grant me an interview under the premise that his views were his, and that he did not speak for all of those participating in the local movement.
A soft spoken yet intent man approaching 30, Argus exuding confidence in the local groups mission, as he shared his vision for the movement and its future.
As the new camp assembled in the background, Argus shared with me the immediate intent of the Occupy Eugene movement.
- To secure and provide a permanent base for Occupy Eugene.
- To continue to educate the protestors as to the safe execution of a non-violent protest within the acceptable limitations of constitutional law.
- To fine tune and facilitate a sustainable long-term protest.* The group has accepted the realities of a long term commitment toward a successful transformation of society, and is willing to put in the time required to implement a major change in the social and economic structure of world society.
- To end corporate person hood: It is believed by the movement that the Supreme Court’s interpretation and rulings as it pertains to a Corporation being viewed as an individual in the execution of a political campaign donation, has skewed the system in the favor of big business.
- to facilitate the creation of a fourth branch of government. A general assembly that represents “a direct voice of the people,” as a safeguard against political as well as fiscal sector coercion. * A separation of corporation and state
- Argus: “A forgiveness of all student debt.” “Student debt in the United States is creating a nation of over-educated wage slaves, especially in the humanities”. Everyone should have access to a quality, free education.
Sitting with Argus, watching the hurried activity of an occupation camp rising out of the morning mist of Alton Baker Park, it occurred to me that millions would soon join this growing movement, either out of a personal quest for economic survival, or to answer the call of a just cause.
Update: As of this writing, the occupation is seeking donation of the following items….
Socks: Lots of them.
Sleeping Bags: There is a waiting list of 40 or so. as temperature drops!
Food: The camp kitchen is accepting donations of bread, beans, rice, eggs, etc.. The occupation is feeding many homeless volunteers. Help if you can.
Cash: Comunications as well as porta-poti rentals require payment. help if you can. The goup is gladly accepting donation at the Alton Baker Camp, or on line @ www.occupyeugene.com
I’m reminded of the well dressed, 40 something, information booth volunteer that I spoke with on Saturday. When I asked her what had compeled her to participate in the protest? She replied: “I have children, I want them to have a future, I appreciate the energy of the kids out here, and I’m here to support them.”
It is easy for most to relate to the protestors and their collective cry for financial equality and access. In a modern world that was not too quick to share either, Argus and others promised… “this thing wasn’t going away anytime soon!”