An Open Letter to New Orleans 99%,
Since Occupy NOLA’s eviction from Duncan Plaza, we’ve had terrific actions, protests, and rallies. Attendance at our General Assemblies has been healthy.
We, who have invested our sweat, our time, our resources, our emotions in solidarity with the 99%, have wondered where the crowd who marched to City Hall on October 6 has gone. Overburdened, our working groups have continued to support local and national causes as we’ve orchestrated direct actions, rallied in the streets, and expanded our digital media resources.
But lately it feels like our numbers have dwindled. Where have some of the occupiers gone? When will they return? What if they do not return to the General Assemblies and the protests?
I have asked these questions many times, and the universe has responded.
On June 19, a group of activists traveling with the Occupy Caravan to The Occupy National Gathering in Philadelphia, will arrive in New Orleans.
They will join us at the Tuesday night General Assembly and stay for the duration of Wednesday, June 20, leaving the morning of the 21. Occupy The Stage and the Occupy Caravan Working Group have been busy preparing for the caravan’s arrival. We’ve planned a performance and a flash mob and are expanding the community kitchen.
Like you, we are doing this because we continue to believe that we can change the world. Like you, we refuse defeat.
Now, I ask this of not only Occupy NOLA but of the citizens of the greater New Orleans area.
I ask you to send me your dreams. What local action have you envisioned in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street Movement? What action have you held, in your heart, as you waited for enough people who were willing and able to attend? Is it a BP Oil protest? A march to demand the recall of Governor Jindal? A rally in support of the employees who will suffer from the impending local post office closures? A student debt strike? What would you plan if you knew occupiers from the West Coast, South, and Deep South will stand in solidarity with you?
It is your spirit that has kept me motivated when I myself grew weary. Please tell me what action you would plan if it were your last opportunity for civil disobedience or direct action.
The time is now.
Because on June 20, I want to shout “What do we want?” and the voices that respond may be in the hundreds.
Revolution isn’t easy. Revolution is hard.
But on June 20, occupiers from around the country will join us. What would you like to do? Visit The Occupy Caravan website to learn more.
And do not forget to send me your ideas via email email@example.com, Facebook, Twitter, or in person.
I look forward to standing beside you when the Occupy Caravan arrives.
With Love and Solidarity,