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Occupy Miami: The Occupation Has Begun Outside Government Center

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This is what democracy looks like.
​Thanks to unbelievable unemployment rates, two U.S. wars that went nowhere good, and about a million other awful current American realities, what was once comfortable enough has become unbearable.

Economic inequality and the corporate influence over governmental affairs have pushed those in New York, Chicago, and DC to give up the comforts of home to exercise their right to assemble. It was just decided by public assembly that Miami would fully be joining in that the movement to occupy a space. Starting tonight, the most dedicated of the 99 percent will be taking up residence outside of Government Center.

Earlier today, at least 1,000 people gathered at the Torch of Friendship in front of Bayfront Park, marching to Government Center where demonstrators came to a consensus that it was time to hunker down and show the world that Occupy Miami means business (locally owned and grown, of course).

At the rally, moms and grandmothers came out to chant and hold signs, little newborns slept on chests, hardline activists spoke out on mics, people proved really good points, and toddlers ran around with homemade signs. Kids asked, as kids do, "Can we go home now?" Retired reporter and volunteer blogger for the Democrats Larry Thorson biked ten miles to be at the rally. At least one cop handed out water and blank posters to those walking by.

Longtime Miami activist Sandy Leon thinks what happened at the Torch of Friendship earlier is wonderful. "This is just the beginning of what we hope will become a very broad and deep discussion." The discussion will now be taking place 24-hours outside of the busiest of Metrorail stops.

There were maybe a handful of your typical hysterical protesters, and yes a few Ron Paul signs, but what was most noticeable today was that the spirit of togetherness that prevailed. Even after the impromptu march, most people were happy help plan for the future of the movement. They sat on the ground surrounding the facilitators, who emphasized again and again are not the leaders, and repeated what was spoken working as human microphones so that everyone could be involved in the process.

Once it was announced that Occupy Fort Lauderdale has begun their occupation, it was clear that Miami had to follow suit. Within two hours the decision had been made.

"We are the most diverse Occupy Wall Street spaces that there's been in terms of class and race," local activist, organizer, and now occupier Jacob Coker-Dukowitz said of what makes Miami's movement unique. "Our disorganization right now isn't disorganization, it's an expression of a new space and a new space of creativity and direction that we can move into." And they're moving in.



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36 comments
305D85
305D85

By any means necessary

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

You guys need to protest in front of the McMansions in Coral Gables.  Let them know you're angry because they have money and you don't!

women shoes
women shoes

2 illegal wars started with a massive WMD conspiracy, torture camps, criminal banks, outing CIA agents, no universal health care, BS "trickle down" economics that have failed for decades and endless propaganda and cronyism: THERE'S YOUR LIST now start holding the people accountable by throwing them in jail or get ready for a new people-led government.

Lukeisstupid
Lukeisstupid

You all speak of greed and the elite and then side with the president who went to Ivy league schools and never had a real job. He is using you people! He gave them bail out after bail out!  Dont vote for Obama if you want Greed and inequality. The reason we are broke is because Obama is greedy and he also loves to pay for shantiqua's abortion. You gotta choose.

michael wind
michael wind

this type of gathering should be staged in bal harbour or sunny isles beach the epicenter of greed,public corruption and russian mafia.

Chris Edwards
Chris Edwards

This is the best portrayal of the movement that I have seen yet, thanks for including that video. Im a graduate student from Ohio. In a city where people run over pedestrians and leave the scene like they ran over a piece of trash, this movement really says something. People that have been blind from reality because of the wealth of beauty that surrounds them, should take notice.

Chester
Chester

Occupy Miami: The Occupation Has Begun Outside Government Center...@readers:disqus my roomate's step-sister makes $81 an hour on the laptop. She has been without work for 8 months but last month her pay was $8165 just working on the laptop for a few hours. Here's the site CashHuge.com

Fritz Schneider
Fritz Schneider

I think its ridiculous to compare these poor little rich kids being "brutalized" by the NYPD to the people of other countries who have truly been enduring oppression and poverty at the hands of dictators. Just because you chose to get a degree in Bitter Women's Studies instead of getting a real degree that would land you a real job is no reason to get in a hissy. May I remind you spoiled brats that it is your kind, your families, your friends, the "entitled" that are part of the problem. I'm glad you can't find a job. I'm glad you have to eat Ramen noodles for dinner. Welcome to America. You don't represent the poor, we're used to it, and we can deal with it. You represent privileged, upper-middle class America. Want to know why you can't find a job? Because your dad outsourced it to India 10 years ago and forgot to tell you. Want some ramen?

Bikeusa
Bikeusa

Can you please tell me what "economic inequality" is?

Lukeisstupid
Lukeisstupid

Why is it up to the Government to make sure people take care of themselves? This is a time where more and more people are so dependent on other sources to prosper that self reliance is out the door. Scary...........Only the strongest survive. Remember that.

oliver sanchez
oliver sanchez

Swampstyle supports Occupy Miami.  thanks Liz. u occupy a special place.  

WB2Miami
WB2Miami

Excellent turnout for Miami!  Finally, people are excited to participate in Democracy!People united cannot be divided!  For a first step, Miami is stepping it up. Congrats to all who attended.  This article is fantastic and captures the moment.  It's great to be a part of history in the making!

ME4409
ME4409

Great article !!! May democracy reign...................... I feel a chance coming- Hallejuah!

dackmaddy
dackmaddy

You can't be the "99%" when less than 1% of you turn out to protest.

Lukeisstupid
Lukeisstupid

So basically you guys want Communism? Where everybody is equal?

Guest
Guest

What a disgusting, racist comment. How ignorant.

nanook5
nanook5

it's not when gov'ts such as Bahrain & Greece are violating to their own people under the US' tacit approval. these struggles are all connected and will become quite common here if we don't stop the theft now.

Fritz Schneider
Fritz Schneider

It's when you go to a liberal arts school, smoke a lot of pot and major in hackysack and upon graduation, realize that it's tough to find work. It's when you have to live next to black people (not the cool, Ben Harper types of black kids you went to school with, but REAL blacks) because rents are so expensive and maybe even get a crap job (not the "I worked my ass off to go to college, I was a barista at Starbucks for two months!" job) but a real job. Then only to find that the illiterate Mexican who is cleaning the floors of your office is getting paid under the table and takes home $200 more a week than you do. That's economic inequality.

nanook5
nanook5

justice? peace? sanity?

nanook5
nanook5

one of the largest grassroots demonstrations  in south florida in DECADES. but sure, go ahead and dismiss it.

Fritz Schneider
Fritz Schneider

I'm the 98%. The 98% of Americans who can't afford to take 6 weeks off to protest and then tweet it from my $500 phone.

REALTALK
REALTALK

go to NY and say that shit. Miami is great but no real commercial sector for corporations. We can demonstrate and protest. You sit on your ass and comment on MNT. This movement has been alive for a month now and it won't be stopping anytime soon. Watch your words in November...

Liz Tracy
Liz Tracy

It was a rainy day and a dedicated crowd. 

nanook5
nanook5

wow, human rights, truth, integrity, anti-crime, affordable healthcare=communism....well argued sir! that's right kids...not torturing people means that socialism wins.

Jeremycaeley
Jeremycaeley

In Miami, the product of mislead revolutions are everywhere. If you're going to March, make up your own mind about what you stand for before you put on your boots. Do not become what Marx referred to as the "useful idiot".

nanook5
nanook5

your cynicism! it's hilarious! it totally doesn't make you look like a complete fool for not understanding that plenty of people are coming and going in shifts whenever they can! i can easily work my full time job and still stay at one of those camps overnight...

so i already forgot, what was your pathetic excuse again?

Straightuptruth
Straightuptruth

@realtalk, they don't call us the international city for nothing jerk.  ditto @ dackmaddy

dackmaddy
dackmaddy

Downtown Miami and South Florida are home to the largest concentration of international banks in the United States, and is home to many large companies both nationally and internationally (from "Miami" on Wikipedia)

unpaid4wars
unpaid4wars

maybe the rest are trying to make ends meet. douche

nanook5
nanook5

well, it's actually more oblivious and ignorant than it is racist. the idea that obama has "bailed out the people" is laughable. hundreds of billions to the banks, sure, but the people? poverty and unemployment is soaring...unless you work for a bank or energy corporation. but yes, you generalizing that welfare means abortions for black woman makes you a weapons grade ***hole. the right has done everything they can the last 2 years to roll back abortion rights and it hasn't done **** to the national debt, so that's another oblivious, ignorant statement.

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

That's the default argument for people who have no argument

mn147
mn147

So true too many of these people have not idea what they are actually protesting....so many are mindless lemmings.

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