Friday, October 21, 2011
At the Occupy Wall Street Protest: What Would Your Protest Sign Say?
Amendment I of the United States Constitution:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
If you've never done so, you can read all of the amendments here.
Why do we so rarely exercise our right to free speech, to assemble and to petition the governement? History is being made in New York City's Zuccotti Park. I agreed with the sentiments of the sign, "If you're not angry, you're not paying." After visiting Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, Steve and I stopped by Zuccotti Park, where the electricity of protesters with their signs were infectious. It's about time.
What would your sign say? Mine would perhaps say, "Support Farmers, Not Chemists" or "600 Chemicals in Fracking Fluid: Nothing Natural About Natural Gas." Read my post on Josh Fox's Gasland.
"My daddy was a miner,
He's now in the air and son.
He'll be with you fellow workers until the battles won.
Which side are you on boys, which side are you on?" - Florence Reese's "Which Side are You On?" as covered by Natalie Merchant on House Carpenter's Daughter.