OccupyJackson @ Smith Park (10.15.11)
and so it came to pass that on the 15th of October in the year 2011, the Occupy Mississippi movement, standing in solidarity with Occupy Wall St. and the global Occupy Movement, organized in Jackson at Smith Park.
these are the photos of a beginning
i got there about an hour or two into the start of it.
the bulk of the Occupiers were doing a march around the Capitol so i decided to wait at Smith Park until they got back
around this point is when everyone who had marched to the Capitol started to make their way back
a giant banner that everyone was signing.
Up The Creek brought free food for everyone at the park. they were life savers
everyone digging into the food
ages were there. talking about past movements.
did i mention all ages?
this was the nice woman who brought all the food from Up The Creek
people had also brought ice and water and snack foods for everyone to share
around this time, a General Assembly was starting to gather and come to order
everyone comes to order and the General Assembly begins
(for more info on just what the General Assembly is and how it works, check out this link here)
there were, if i’m remembering correctly, about 5 major items on the agenda that day. one of the biggest was if they were going to vote for permanent occupation of Smith Park.
voting begins on an agenda topic
calling on someone to speak
the guy speaking now is Dane Carney. facebook friend of mine and one of the ones that helps to maintain the OccupyMississippi facebook page
talking about how to engage more with the Latino community (if i’m remembering correctly. man, i’m out of practice, i tend to take better notes then this while i’m shooting.)
he asked me to take his photo.
cleaning up after themselves
it’s Sue Harman. the least time i saw sue was at the Pro-Wisconsin Rally earlier this year (click the link to check out the photos from that)
keeping the minutes of the General Assembly
around this point is when the debate started on if they were gonna permanently occupy Smith Park
the vote is called for and given.
and so it came to pass that the General Assembly of OccupyJackson voted for permanent occupation of Smith Park.
after that pretty important vote, the G.A. drew to a close and adjourned. then it was time to mingle and trade contact info
and that’s the beginning.
despite what some people may think, the people involved in this, in my opinion, are not ones to engage in any “tomfoolery“.
they seem very sincere and earnest and represent a diverse group of race and ages. and, i’ll admit, i agree with a lot of what they’re talking about.
i look forward to seeing what happens, not just with Occupy Mississippi, but with the global Occupy Movement.
have a good one everybody.
see ya next post.