These are photos I took on Sunday, October 23. I wish I had taken more but didn’t want to be a tourist-activist. It was morning and damp. I didn’t know what to expect and at first it was wow, so many people in such a small area. It’s a small park, a small stake they, we, have claimed on behalf of all of us. I didn’t take more photos because these people where just waking up, getting the day started. It’s a wonder.
OWS is more welcoming and less angry than I expected. There are open discussions, a willingness engage and reach. I saw every kind of religion or culture, shades of skin, a wide range of ages and technology. I put a few dollars in the donation bin for medical supplies and the library.
The library was the best surprise. The range of titles and how well they are cataloged. (I wondered if they have a circulating library at a Tea Party event.) I found the donation bucket for the library and put in what I had left. This young couple saw me and said,”Thanks so much” And I turned around to them and said, “It’s all I can do. I can’t stay.”
He smiled up at me, and said, “You’re just a beautiful person.”
I thanked him and added, “This may sound silly or cliche, but I love our country. My father was first generation American and on Independence Day and Memorial Day I’d help him put out the flag. I vote. I am patriotic.”
He grinned, a young man with his lady, both said: “Me too!”
Now how does this effect change? I really wonder. What I really want is President Obama to come out and say: “The Bill of Rights guarantees the right of assembly. Which has been supported by the Supreme Court in 1875 : “the right of the people peaceably to assemble for the purpose of petitioning Congress for a redress of grievances, or for anything else connected with the powers or duties of the National Government, is an attribute of national citizenship, and, as such, under protection of, and guaranteed by, the United States.”