Saturday, October 15, 2011
Occupy Canada: Now It's Our Turn
As the Occupy Wall Street Movement goes global.
Protesters worldwide geared up for a cry of rage on Saturday against bankers, financiers and politicians they accuse of ruining global economies and condemning millions to poverty and hardship through greed.
In just a few hours it will be our turn.
What started online in Vancouver, with the rallying hashtag cry of #OCCUPYWALLSTREET — will materialize Saturday in rallies and camp-outs in at least six cities across Canada — Ottawa, Victoria, Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and of course, Vancouver.
I know some Canadians think that an Occupy movement won't take root here. Because Canada is different eh?
But they are wrong.
"We have the same dominant ideology in Canada, in terms of really prioritizing the interests of large corporations, of the big banks, of the wealthy over the interests of the majority of the population," she said. "That's what I think this movement is really a response to.
And besides this movement is bigger than Canada. Because it must be a global one if we are going to be able to save the planet for all the humans who will follow us. And all the other living things that call earth home.
Right now it's more about how than what. But at least it's asking the question that really needs to be asked:
“They are not protests that are making demands; they are protests that are aimed at having discussions amongst people and taking the space and time to do that: ‘What sort of world do we want?’”
I know I want a better world.
I believe in the power of peaceful protest.
And that now is the time everybody must ask themselves these questions:
Do I really want to save to save the planet? Will I let fear or greed blind me?
Am I a rebel or a slave?
And of course, which side am I on ?
See you at the party.
Go Vancouver. Go Montreal. Go Calgary.
Go Canada. Go EVERYWHERE.
The battle for the future has begun.
And we can change the world...