Sunday, December 4, 2011

Occupy What? (Part 5)

Greetings again, here is part 5 of 6 in my series of interview questions to two Occupy participants.  I hope this has helped you get a little more information on this movement.  Let me know what you think.

Q&A with Leeza Faziolo (Steven Cooley’s friend)- Occupy Indianapolis
5. How can your average citizen get involved?
I see constant polls about who supports the Occupy movement and who does not fluctuate every few days, which is an inappropriate style of media coverage; this is not a presidential election. And this may change even more as more lobbying firms and public relations firms are signed on to change public opinion. But I could care less whether the public casually supports the movement or not, I want the public to either be A PART of the movement or be against it. Our culture is changing as society is forcing us to look at these issues, and honestly, it’s time to pick a side. To me, this movement breathes similar to the civil rights movements and times in our history where we have protested race and gender issues. And when we became conscious of these issues, it became time to pick a side. Either you are okay with oppressing persons based on their race, or you were not. Either you are okay to oppress persons based on their gender or you’re not. Today, you are either okay with oppressing persons based on their class or you are not. It’s time to pick a side and choose where your values are. And the simplest thing anyone can do is to support the movement is to simply voice which side they are on. When anyone; co-workers, friends or family members make a snide comment, let them know where you stand.

Q&A with Camile Graves (Ryan Graves sister)- Occupy Oakland
5. Can you tell me more about your arrest?  What were the charges against you?  Did you have to stay in county jail at all?  How did it come to getting arrested?
I was arrested because I just decided that I couldn't abandon the plaza. So I just sat down in the middle of this stage where we'd hold our assemblies, and these two guys came and sat next to me and started meditating. We sat there not speaking for several hours. The police came and surrounded us, and they asked each of us if we knew we were going to be arrested. I said I knew but that I didn't think what I was doing was illegal. It didn't happen all of a sudden. I actually watched the police loosen up and chatter for about two and a half hours before they started dismantling the camp and arresting people. I don't think they even wanted to arrest us, but they had to because we refused to move. I was held in custody at the county jail with seven other women for ten hours. We were charged with disorderly conduct, failure to disperse, and loitering.

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