You Know Things are Messed Up When Librarians Start Marching

Most of the photos here were taken by a friend of mine, Canadian filmmaker Velcrow Ripper, at Occupy Wall Street. Reproduced here with permission. See his whole gallery of Occupy Wall Street photos.

I would like to nominate the protest sign—all the protest signs of this year’s worldwide uprisings, in general—as the pre-eminent design object of 2011. Most newsworthy, most useful, most creative, and it gives “mass-produced” a new meaning.

Vancouver begins its own Occupy protest on October 15, in solidarity as well as in protest against the wealth divide here at home. The gap between rich and poor in Canada is at its historic widest, and it’s nowhere wider than in British Columbia where more than a decade of rightwing policies and cuts have produced, among other tragedies, the worst child poverty rate in the country, and by a wide margin. Accelerating corporate ownership of our political process creates problems here too. Even if Canada’s greater regulation of banking has saved us from some of the catastrophes facing the US, the rapidly widening income gap means we are heading for trouble.

Those who mock or dismiss Occupy Wall Street—if anyone is still doing that—will probably regret it later.

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

More reading:

Mark Ruffalo, The Guardian: We are the 99 percent
Paul Krugman, New York Times, Panic of the Plutocrats
Naomi Klein, The Nation, Occupy Wall Street: The Most Important Thing in the World Now
Chris Hedges, Truthdig, Why the Elites are in Trouble
Douglas Rushkoff, CNN, Think Occupy Wall St. is a phase? You don’t get it
Tristan Markle, The Mainlander, #OccupyVancouver? Look to Hong Kong housing activists for inspiration
Joe Romm, ThinkProgress, The Other 99% of Us Can’t Buy Our Way Out of the Impending Global Ponzi Scheme Collapse

Below, by an unknown phographer, a shot of a US veteran at the protest. (Please tell me if you know who shot this.) Sign should win a prize for best ever use of black electrical tape. “2nd time I’ve fought for my country – 1st time I’ve known my enemy.”

And from CNN‘s article “Think Occupy Wall St. is a phase? You don’t get it”:

Update: a new photo of the sign at top, which now seems to be going viral:

6 comments on "You Know Things are Messed Up When Librarians Start Marching"

  1. Wonderful photos!

    Please come and join us on Occupy Forum. There is an English speaking section there, where we all can meet and “talk”/write: “Occupy-movement Worldwide”
    The forum was born 3 december 2011 in Sweden.
    Come! Let’s talk!

    To register = Bli medlem
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    Confirm = Bekräfta

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