October 20, 2011
By: Paula Morris
The group “Occupy Together” http://www.occupytogether.org, in support of “Occupy Wall Street,” has now occupied Puyallup.
It would be well worth your while to check out the Puyallup group’s facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/OccupyPuyallup. Today there is a really great video of Chris Hedges, the writer and ex-war correspondent. He makes the statement: “This one is for real. This one could take it all down,” which are pretty powerful words.
The Occupy Puyallup group meets on the corner of Pioneer St. and Meridian in downtown Puyallup, right in front of U.S. Bank and next to Pioneer Park. Thus far, they have been holding signs and cheering passersby who honk in support of their cause.
This is a cheerful young group, very aware of most issues you could name. I spoke with activists Chris and Raul about everything from corporate takeover of our country to our threatened ecological state to the group “Anonymous,” and more.
They hope for more diversity in the group, i.e., individuals of all ages. On Wednesday, I was the only participant in the over-25 age group. Nonetheless, activists Chris and Raul made me feel more than welcome and requested that I bring friends next time.
Although this is a group of young people, it is a seed group planting themselves where all can see, and planning to grow into a strong, diverse movement that will occupy Pioneer Park and beyond.
It was inspiring to see young people so intent and serious about the need for change in our country and committed to doing something about it. It was also satisfying to see many local small businesses support them by donating water and food. There was an abundance of donuts on Wednesday. Someone brought tacos and there were bread sticks from a local pizza place. Evidently, even the Puyallup police department seems to be giving them the nod as there have been officers who have stopped by, commenting that some complaints have been registered, but since there is nothing illegal being done by these exuberant young people they move on.
Some of the slogans written on signs were spot-on, and included: “The price of everything goes up – do your wages?” “They got the goldmine – we got the shaft,” “America, the best democracy money can buy,” “Through struggle we mature,” and many others that tell the story of how far down our government places its citizens compared to how high up it places its corporations and elite, the so-called 1%.
The point of all this is – we are the 99% and we want real change! The “Occupy Puyallup” group invites you to join them as they hope to occupy Puyallup for the foreseeable future.
© Paula Morris 2011
Editor’s Note: Paula reports that about twenty-five people were participating in Occupy Puyallup when she was there, and the number seems to fluctuate.
Also, Kelda Miller has informed the Mountain News that the “occupation” ends for the evening at 9 pm, typically.
In addition, Paula says that the activists she spoke with were uncomfortable sharing their last names. This is a trait that is wide-spread in the Occupy movement, and I have encountered the same dynamic. I have oberved a lot of suspicion and fear in the Occupy folks, and journalists are not readily trusted.
Further, the “Anonymous” group that Paula mentions also had a presence in Tacoma last weekend. Anonymous is a cyber-attack group that appears to be world-wide, and is reportedly responsible for several recent assaults on data banks used by multi-national corporations.
Amy Pivetta Hoffman
Attorney at Law
Civil Law and Governmental Affairs
Serving Frederickson and all of southern Pierce County