On the morning of October 15, on a beautiful, sunny Saturday morning, a group of people set off to the Brisbane central business district to be part of something significant.
Some of them had travelled an hour and a half from regional QLD to be there. One other journeyed from Brisbane suburbia. And a few more came from an urban centre a few minutes away.
And where did they go?
They didn’t come together to join in wedding celebrations. Nor did they come together to say their last goodbyes at a funeral parlour.
They came together for only one cause. For a magnificent cause. This group of people came to Occupy Brisbane, or rather, for Occupy Brisbane. They came to represent the 99%. They are the 99%.
I was part of this group. And proud that I was there. And will be there this weekend too.
And what is Occupy Brisbane you ask?
Occupy Brisbane is a movement held in Brisbane which originated from the Occupy Wall St movement.
So what is Occupy Wall St?
Occupy Wall St is a global movement that began in New York City giving a voice to the 99% of us who are controlled by the actions of the 1%, gave birth to all other Occupy events around the world including Occupy Brisbane. To date, there have been over 1,000 Occupy events around the world proving that it isn’t just Americans who are taking a stance.
On its official website, the Occupy Wall St movement stipulates:
[We are] a leaderless resistance movement with people of many colours, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%.
So what actions can you take to stand up to the 1% and become more liberated from this system they created?
For a start, turn off your TV. If that’s too extreme and if you feel you can’t do it, than at least be selective about the programs you choose to watch. Remember that most of the news programs, TV shows and commercial advertising are owned by corporate and global elites. They keep you uninformed, keep you blind, they dumb you down and keep you in the rat race.
The next thing you can do is to start growing your own fruit and veggies. If you are in control of your own food supply you are less likely to be controlled by the multinationals and the supermarket conglomerates. Not only that, but by choosing to grow your own produce, you will be less exposed to pesticides, chemical fertilisers and chemicals in general. Believe me, your body, your health and well-being will thank you.
Be a conscious consumer. Each time you shop, think about what you are buying, where it comes from, how they treat their workers, how they treat the environment and where their profits end up. Personally I have boycotted several companies such as Telstra and BP based on the answers to these questions.
And if you can, get off the grid. Energy and mining companies keep us dependent on non-renewable energy resources such as coal and gas when there are so many renewable resources like wind energy and solar energy that would be better for the environment.
Recently I read a statement by Desmond Tutu that resonated with me:
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
So with all that said, the question I put to you is this: what do you stand for?