Occupy Nanaimo: Day 2 – The Week Ahead

I was just down at the Occupy Nanaimo encampent at the Diana Krall Plaza downtown beside the public library. Numbers are growing and more tents are going up. There were about 30 people down there at 5:30 pm playing music, creating art, putting up tents and just generally milling around the camp.

Occupy Nanaimo will continue for the foreseeable future. The daily schedule for the week ahead is:

Noon: March through town (assemble at camp 30 minutes prior)
5:30 pm: March through town (assemble at camp 30 minutes prior)
6:00 pm: General Assembly Meeting at the camp

Visit Occupy Nanaimo on Facebook.

So far, the camp has the support – or at least the good will – of the City, the RCMP, the Harbour Commission and the Nanaimo Harbourfront Library. It began yesterday with the kick-off rally and speeches that were attended by more than 300 people. Photos here. Or see full photo album on Facebook.

The library will be giving WiFi access to the camp during library hours. And it is hoped that the City will provide a porta-potty very soon.

All people are welcome and encouraged to spend some time at the camp, whether you can sleep there or not. An occupation like this isn’t just carried out by those who can spend the night. This is a 24/7 thing. So drop by the camp any time to be a part of history!

Remember – this isn’t just a few tents in front of the library in Nanaimo. Occupy Nanaimo joins hundreds of similar urban encampments in towns and cities around the world right now who are all part of the global Occupy Movement, which began last month in New York City with Occupy Wall Street.

This is a phenomenal time to be a part of something larger than yourself, something that could change the course of history and of our future on this planet.

Items that are still very much needed at the Occupy Nanaimo camp:

1. blankets, sweaters, coats, sleeping bags
2. ground covers, tarps, cardboard
3. band-aids and other first aid supplies
4. coleman stove and propane stoves to cook on
5. more food, including fresh produce and pre-cooked food
6. a dedicated cell phone that will remain at the site

The premise of Occupy Wall Street and of the global Occupy Movement is that 1% of the world’s population controls 90% of the world’s wealth, and that this level of economic disparity underlies virtually all social and ecological crises plaguing our planet. The Occupy actions occurring around the world right now are a shout-out from the other 99% saying “Enough already! Redistribute. End corporate rule.”

Kim Goldberg

About Kim Goldberg

Kim Goldberg is an award-winning poet and journalist and the author of 7 books. Latest titles: UNDETECTABLE (her Hep C journey in haibun), RED ZONE (poems of homelessness) and RIDE BACKWARDS ON DRAGON: a poet's journey through Liuhebafa. She lives in Nanaimo, BC. Contact: goldberg@ncf.ca
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