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  • #occupycleveland : Willard Park, Cleveland Ohio


    Today about 300 people gathered downtown Cleveland in to support the peaceful direct action #occupywallstreet that is 26 days and counting. The peaceful gathering and rallying of thousands in Manhattan's financial district is a protest of the state of this country. Activists say they will stay until their voices are heard.

    In Cleveland today, people of all ages, all classes, and stood together to support all Americans who are affected by the government's actions. Topics addressed were bank bailouts, foreclosures, unemployment, healthcare, ending the war, corporate ownership, and many more.

    I felt a familiar feeling in my guts today...reminiscent of the summer of '93 when I joined the more than 10,000 people who visited Clayoquot Sound to witness a pristine rainforest of ancient cedars and firs being clearcut. 857 people were arrested that summer.

    The feeling of hope that lives in a group of people who feel strongly enough to put their jobs, their lives, their everything on hold so that they can gather with their peers and be stronger together.

    And when the dreadlocked man sang Marley's 'Redemption Song', I'll admit I got a little misty-eyed. Democracy works. We should all practice it a little more often - because we still can.

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