Occupation Enters Second Week
On Saturday October 15th, about 40 people came out to join 1500 other cities by erecting tents and establishing an occupation in St. Georges Square. The occupation that has now entered its 13th day. Speeches were made on various topics, including the recognition of the history of Guelph as colonized land.
The Occupation Movement began in New York City on Sept. 17th after a call to Occupy Wall Street. This Movement has spread across the globe and on October 15th a call for solidarity was released.
The motives behind Occupy Guelph are diverse, varying for each individual participating in it, but the over arching reasons for these global protests are expressing frustration against a system that sees a small wealthy minority controlling the majority of the money, resources and land. This wealthy minority is made of a class of people in society which are entangled in government and businesses worldwide. They are sometimes referred to as the ruling elite.
These occupations are creating an alternative to challenge that, coming from the grassroots, which encourages decision making without leaders, where every ones thoughts are welcome. The General Assemble held each day creates a space for residents of Guelph to talk about problems we face here, creating a collective power and autonomy.
The Occupation continues today, with more people joining each day. Tons of support has been provided by working folks, dropping off supplies, food and tarps for the rain drenched occupiers. The General Assembles continue to grow as more people take part.
This past weekend saw many events at the occupation. On Friday, a projector was set up to screen movies of other occupations across the globe and a black flag was hung from the statue downtown. Saturday saw families and children come out for Occupy Guelphs family day event. On Sunday, a film was screened about the 2006 uprising in the state of Oaxaca, arising from an occupation in the town square.
General Assembles are held everyday at noon and 6PM in the square. Friday, October 28th at 7PM a screening of Submedia, anarchist news shorts with hilarious truths, will take place. And on Sunday, Oct. 30th a zombie march will take place, originating in the square.