“I Lost My Job, But I Found An Occupation” — That’s one of the many creative signs I saw at Freedom Plaza in Washington DC at the start of the October2011.org – Stop the Machine, Save the World occupation.
This action has been in the planning stages for a few months now. I was one of the original signers of the pledge that reads
“I pledge that if any U.S. troops, contractors, or mercenaries remain in Afghanistan on Thursday, October 6, 2011, as that occupation goes into its 11th year, I will commit to being in Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., with others on that day or the days immediately following, for as long as I can, with the intention of making it our Tahrir Square, Cairo, our Madison, Wisconsin, where we will NONVIOLENTLY resist the corporate machine by occupying Freedom Plaza to demand that America’s resources be invested in human needs and environmental protection instead of war and exploitation. We can do this together. We will be the beginning.”
Well, we are still in Afghanistan, and I was in DC. I was in the picture at the top of the page (that’s me, near the bottom of the bottom circle in the % sign), and I took lots of pictures, video and taped some interviews. We’ll hear the interviews this week on the show… and here are the video highlights: