Previously: Occupy Kansas City: rally and march from Ilus Davis Park (October 30, 2011)
The one percent should probably start worrying.
“…Um, well, we were speaking on the, the ninety-nine, uh, on, on that analogy, or maybe not analogy, but on that demographic, if you will, and, um, it kind of puts in my mind that we all, we’re united whether we realize it or not. We’re all in the same boat together. We’re all living in this world and we’re all trying to make the best of it. And I feel that, uh, you know, the more that we get together and try to understand together that we, you know, we could, we could make something of it, you know…”
If the rest of the ninety-nine percent start thinking the same way…
Occupy Kansas City held a rally and march from Ilus Davis Park in downtown Kansas City on Sunday afternoon.
“It’s Not Only Our Right To Protest The Corruption, It’s Our Obligation”
Show Me Progress: What did you think of the day?
Ron McLinden: You know, it was interesting. I, I thought there might be a bigger turnout. But, my guess is that were probably about three hundred people and, and that’s a good turnout. Uh, the march, I was, uh, surprised to learn that City Hall had okayed it but the police had said no, at least that we couldn’t march in the streets. And, uh, we marched in the streets anyway and the police followed along with us for about four blocks and then just left us alone.
Show Me Progress: Uh, uh, what do you think today’s event accomplished?
Ron McLinden: You know, what does anything, what does anyone accomplish? I don’t know. Well, there, there certainly was a media presence there and maybe part of the accomplishment will be whatever they choose to put on the air this evening. Uh, I think there was a good, um, a good spirit of coming together from people from a lot of different perspectives. Uh, maybe still not as many minority faces as the group would like, but, uh, you know, that, that will come along. Um, you know, it’s, it’s, it’s hard to know, there’s so many issues involved in this Occupy movement.
Show Me Progress: But hasn’t the, the dialogue, you know, the dialogue has changed since the Occupy movement has started.
Ron McLinden: And somebody retweeted an article just yesterday, I think, some, something on a national blog or in the press that tracks the, the occurrence of words in, in, uh, cable and other news media. And over the past few weeks it has gone from the word debt being the dominant word to the words Wall Street and occupy being dominant words. So, the, the movement has finally gotten the attention of the mainstream media. Uh, to what extent it has gotten the attention of the people that, that, uh, have offices in the capitol building in Washington and the people who are making the decisions in the, in the corporate board rooms, I, I don’t know yet.
Um, I think this movement has gotten some criticism for not having a focus and from my perspective that’s okay. I interpret the movement as evidence that there is widespread dissatisfaction among the American people, American people of all stripes, all political stripes, all races and creeds and, and socioeconomic status, that the country is headed in the wrong direction. I think there have been national, there are national polls that track that and the, the percent of the American people that believe we’re headed in the wrong direction is, has been trending upward I think.
So, the fact that, uh, people are coming together, albeit in a pretty disorganized factor, fashion, uh, is a good thing and we can only hope that, uh, some positive change will come out of it.
Show Me Progress: So, could you tell me why you’re here today?
Jim White: I’m here to show solidarity with the…ninety-nine percent that are being abused by the one percent. And just to demonstrate by personal presence support of that.
Show Me Progress: So, so what specifically, um, are some of the issues that, that concern you about this?
Jim White: I think the biggest concern we have is the loss of our middle class in this country. We’ve had a strong middle class since the end of the Second World War, it’s what built the country and it’s steadily getting eroded. Uh, the gap between the rich and the poor is getting wider and wider. The top one percent’s controlling more and more of the wealth of this country. And money buys control and money buys power and they’ve got it.
Show Me Progress: So, so, you know, we’ve, we’ve heard over time, that people talk about that their voice isn’t heard. Uh, do you think that that’s a big, big, uh part of this, that people feel that their voice isn’t being heard.
Jim White: Of course their voice isn’t being heard. Your voice is only heard if you’re able to have access to the people in power. And you can’t get access to the people in power unless you have the price of admission.
“Tax The Rich”
“Good Jobs Now”
Voices: We are the ninety-nine percent. We are the ninety-nine percent. We are the ninety-nine percent…
Show Me Progress: Why are you here today?
Eduard Lloyd: I’m, I am actually here to educate myself about what’s been going on in our world today.
Show Me Progress: And, uh, how did you hear about this?
Eduard Lloyd: Um, I’ve actually, I mean, it’s difficult for, for someone like me to not hear about because so many people, I mean, it’s, it’s thick, you know, a lot of people are talking about it. And so it just kind of, daily word.
Show Me Progress: And so, and so, what are, what are you hearing today that, that addresses some of the things? Are you, is it things that address your concerns, or what are you hearing about today?
Eduard Lloyd: Um, I, I think the, the main thing is, uh, money. I just, I think the whole thing is centered around money and, and people being, uh, unsatisfied with the, their current situation. Um, and for me I, I’ve realized that it’s about, I’m, I’m really searching for myself, you know, seeing where, what, what I’m supposed to be doing. And so I’m really just exploring, seeing like, like people like you what, what exactly, you know, what everybody’s doing just to kind of not be lost in the world. Because, you know, there’s a lot of things going on. And I there’s a lot of good, good things that, uh, could happen, you know.
Show Me Progress: So, so, you’ve heard some the things that they’ve talked about here and, and, uh, about, uh, various issues, especially about money. So, has anything really struck you?
Eduard Lloyd: Um, well, we were speaking on the, the ninety-nine, uh, on, on that analogy, or maybe not analogy, but on that demographic, if you will, and, um, it kind of puts in my mind that we all, we’re united whether we realize it or not. We’re all in the same boat together. We’re all living in this world and we’re all trying to make the best of it. And I feel that, uh, you know, the more that we get together and try to understand together that we, you know, we could, we could make something of it, you know.
Show Me Progress: Do you think that that’s happening now?
Lloyd: I do, I do. I believe that, uh, I believe that, that, uh, peace has been seeded and, and that it will grow.
Show Me Progress: But, do, do you see this as, uh, that people here are reacting to a world that isn’t that way for them?
Eduard Lloyd: Yeah, I see a lot of people here that that’s, that’s the reason they’re here. The reason.
“Eat The Rich”
“Big Banks Are Corrupt, Strict Regulations!”
“If Only The War On Poverty Was A Real War, Then We Would Actually Be Putting Money Into It”
Watching the great unwashed from on high…