Occupy Nanaimo, Vancouver Island
We were going to attend the Occupy Victoria rally, but decided we would save some time (and gas money!) and attend a local rally. Throughout this whole lead up to the Occupy protests I have heard a lot of negativity, "It's silly to think you guys are going to change anything" "It's dumb and a waste of time" "What is the point?". I am reminded of this lovely quote.
Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices, but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence and fulfills the duty to express the results of his thought in clear form.
Albert Einstein, quoted in New York Times, March 19, 1940
US (German-born) physicist (1879 - 1955)
The movement is so broad, there isn't one reason for it - there are many reasons, distrust in the world powers, anger about the unnecessary and completely preventable economic collapse, and just general animosity towards the abuse of power in society today. It was very humbling to be around people that aren't apathetic and show some passion towards the world and want to see things change.
There were lots of speakers, some from the various local political offices, some just passionate human beings that had something important to say. The highlight for me was Mr. Dirk Becker's inspiring words regarding the initiative to re-localize. In other words, shop local (this does not mean Wal-Mart or any of the other assorted big box stores that often do more harm than good in our communities), support local businesses, bank with a local credit union, KEEP IT IN YOUR COMMUNITY!
I believe the rally was a success, it was a family friendly event, very peaceful and very informative! Hopefully this is just the tip of the iceberg of change that needs to happen in the world today. Thanks to all that came out to support the movement.