News Coverage #Ophx #N17
Occupy Phoenix had some hits and some misses today. Our attempt at Occupying the Light Rail wasn’t well received by the media, our Flash Mob went undocumented, and our Teach-in’s at the Plaza in the evening weren’t even on the radar. However, there was a MoveOn and Union backed Occupy Event off of 15th Ave and Indian School that was praised in the media! They said it was so well organized and it featured more ‘camera friendly’ Phoenicians.
THANKFULLY, some familiar faces from Cesar Chavez Plaza were there to spread the word about our Free Speech Friday! The Fox 10 news anchor even did us a solid and advertised OUR Occupy Event at the other Event, thinking that we are one in the same. It’s pretty clear that ALL of Phoenix has a common goal, despite our lack of a major progressive presence.
And that’s the thing… aren’t we one in the same? Don’t those people believe in the same things we do? Do we have to ‘convert’ them and force them to be FULL TIME Occupants of the Plaza, or should we embrace the other organizations that are here in the Valley and work side by side with them?
We’ve heard a lot of fear rumors about others hijacking OPHX. Well, I hate to say it… just like you can’t arrest an idea, you can’t hijack it either. We need to find ways to open up to others without competition. People are craving action! They want direction! Can we do this while maintaining our own voice? Can we do this and work with others within our unique leaderless movement?
We already know that the Media is going to come see what all of this Free Speech Friday stuff is all about. We need to be out in droves! Have our signs! Have our friends! Have our families! Everyone who is breathing needs to be at the Plaza for the March at 4PM followed by a Rally of *hopefully* epic proportions! Spread this all over. Leave flyers at work. Put them on cars. Plaster them all over campus! Occupy will NOT disappear just because they want us to!
*EDIT from OCCUPYVIDEO. Here is the news story referenced above: