It has been 2 weeks and 2 days since Fort Lauderdale first occupied a downtown parking garage. Hundreds of people packed under an overhang at the city’s park and ride while the rain swept by. One person spoke after another in turn telling stories of grandmothers with houses foreclosed on after 40 years, lost jobs and overwhelming student debt. Others spoke of the private banking system and Nikolas Tesla’s plea for free energy and some spoke of Revolution in other countries to overthrow fascist dictators.
Now, just weeks later, those that have watched from afar are losing their interest. They are quietly waiting for the uprising of a tent city in downtown Fort Lauderdale. In the meantime a few very dedicated people have put 12-24 hours a day into organizing a movement. From one there has come many.
We now have a cooperative space, complete with reference library. We have a website, t-shirts, solidarity singers, a lawyer and 3000 people in the community reading our news feeds every day. What we do not have is a tent city. What we do have is an awakening of minds that desire to change our government, our policies and our national attitude.
And while Miami may have laws that allow for a tent city, we have a proclamation that was null and void on Saturday. There may be hundreds of people in Los Angeles and thousands in New York physically occupying their cities, but right here in Fort Lauderdale we also have thousands of people that are waking up to a broken country that has been sold out for years. Broward county has never really been very progressive, most have been lackadaisical preferring to get a tan than into politics, but now that is not enough, because they have finally realized that the gap between those houses on the beach and our apartments along the train track is so wide we threaten to drop off into oblivion.
There has been a constant presence by Occupy Fort Lauderdale at Burbier Park. Protestors have sat at the park into the early morning hours waiting for the police to roll by. There have been no arrests. There has been no real threat. Maybe they don’t take us seriously, but maybe they just might agree with us.
On Saturday a few hundred people marched through downtown Fort Lauderdale. And every day you can find us in Bubier Park, there may be five of us or there may be fifty, but we are there. We are not leaving and were only going to grow. Our determination to seek justice for the American people has risen up like the weeds that strangle the roots of an old tree and someday we will topple it.
Occupy Fort Lauderdale will be at the Boat Show on Saturday October 27th. We will be seen by the 99% that watches all those luxurious yachts float past, just out of their grasp. We will not go away. We will not be appeased. We will not be silenced.
Bubier Park is located at: 32 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale
To find out more information about the Occupy Movement please visit occupyfortlauderdale.org
“I tell you the truth; it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Matthew 19:23-24