As occupy encampments are being cleared out by bruit force all across the US and eviction notices have been handed out in Canada (some have been or are being challenged through the courts, many ask, “what’s next?”. Is there life after the tent cities? Personally, I have reservations, which I may share at later time.
However, somebody came up with this very clever and creative techie idea.
Earlier this evening, tens of thousands of Occupy Wall Street protesters marched throughout New York City, many making their way on to the Brooklyn Bridge, carrying LED candles and chanting. As Occupiers took the bridge in a seemingly endless sea of people, words in light appeared projected on the iconic Verizon Building nearby:
“99% / MIC CHECK! / LOOK AROUND / YOU ARE A PART / OF A GLOBAL UPRISING / WE ARE A CRY / FROM THE HEART / OF THE WORLD / WE ARE UNSTOPPABLE / ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE / HAPPY BIRTHDAY / #OCCUPY MOVEMENT / OCCUPY WALL STREET / list of cities, states and countries / OCCUPY EARTH / WE ARE WINNING / IT IS THE BEGINNING OF THE BEGINNING / DO NOT BE AFRAID / LOVE.”
Cool, innit? I wonder if there will be more light projections on other buildings in other cities? Better still, different creative ideas to keep everyone’s attention and perhaps attract the attention of others? That light show on the Verizon building on New York City is eye-catching.
Contrary to popular belief, the occupy movements are not just comprised of students, living in their parents’ basements (although, you may want to consider leaving your’s, Ezzy), those “dirty fucking hippies”, and “sad mish-mash of fringe”. They come from all walks of life and as such, each would have particular talents and skill sets. This is what the daily assemblies, however frequent the different occupy groups are holding them, should focus on right now; life after the encampment, how to not only keep the momentum going, but to actually expand. New ideas are needed. It’s a long, uphill battle so I sincerely hope they’re all in for the long haul. Especially the Canadian occupy groups, whose audience is proving to be much tougher to attract than Americans are these days.