The Occupy Wall Street movement, which was initially started by the Vancouver online magazine Adbusters, is making it’s way to Vancouver. The call is for protesters to occupy the Vancouver Art Gallery on October 15th indefinitely. Not sure if the venue is the greatest as the art gallery has nothing to do with Vancouver’s financial district, the source of the frustration and corresponding occupation. Perhaps, it was the natural choice as we don’t have a Bay Street or Wall Street and most of our political rallies take place at the art gallery. That being said the gallery is near major banking institutions so I guess it works.
For those of you wondering what this is all about, here is a brief synopsis:
As we watch the peaceful protest in New York City, “Occupy Wall Street”, explode with massive amounts of people, and groups forming similar “Occupy” protests around the world, we must realize that it is time for us to stand up with them.
It is time to come together and educate each other. We will stand in solidarity with these other movements and we will create a platform for people to speak and provide an audience that will listen.
Let them gawk, let them ask questions, let them wake up.
We realize that our social, economic, and political structures are broken. This is more than just a protest “against” something. It is about coming together as people, acknowledging things are broken, and working together to fix them.
The frustrations in America are far greater than back home in Canada as we went through this previous recession pretty much unscathed. However, one parallel we can draw is many feel that the majority of citizens interests are not well represented by government. This occupation wants to somewhat resolve that, knowing full well that no political, economic system is perfect but some form of transparency and equality is being pursued by the protesters. The government can’t please everyone and I hope the half-baked hipsters and anarchists that like to join these movements get that and don’t ruin the true spirit of this movement, like they did with the 2010 Olympics.
With that being said, it will be interesting to see how this plays out. As of right now the media has barely touched upon this subject, including the local media. Considering that this movement was initiated by a Vancouver organization you would think they would have done more on this.
Vancouver, the home of Green Peace and perhaps the next big revolution, financial reform through mass occupation’s worldwide.