Today in Salem, Oregon my wife and I joined hundreds of other 99%ers in a march from the Capitol that ended at a rally in Peace Plaza (in this context, "99%" refers to those people less well-off than the top 1% -- who now own 40% of our nation's wealth).
We were part of a vast October 15 worldwide protest against growing wealth inequality. The United States has the fifth-most unequal wealth distribution in the world, and it's getting worse. Our middle class is sinking into lower class status, while the rich keep getting richer.
Here's a five minute video of how the rally started. I was impressed with the unorganized organization of the Occupy ______ movement. Nobody in particular seemed to be in charge of the event, but it went along appealingly smoothly and flowingly. Lao Tzu would be pleased: "In governing, don't try to control."
And here's some iPhone photos that I took of the march/rally.
My wife, Laurel (on the left) and I got to the Capitol about fifteen minutes after the pre-march rally started. We figured the march would be late, just as we almost always are. Nope. The marchers left right on time, with us and a friend, Delana (in the middle) bringing up the rear.
I don't think one traffic law was broken during the march. Heck, I usually jaywalk a lot more on my own. Occupy Salem had monitors at every crosswalk guiding people. Again, great organization for a loosely organized group.
At the Peace Plaza rally, this canine was one of the most enthusiastic chanters. Well, he/she barked. But the dog had the right intention. The sign reads: "Rescue Airedales not Wall St. Bankers - Tax Fat Cats"
Here's the main "stage" of the rally. But people felt free to speak from anywhere.
The people at the rally were a diverse group. Young/old. Countercultural/traditional. Loud/quiet. Everybody was united, though, by a common goal: to get our country and the world back on a fairness track.
This was my wife's favorite sign, a Ghandi quote: "First they ignore you; then they laugh at you; they they fight you; then you win." We need to put something like this together -- a generic protest sign that we can take to any sort of rally.