Saturday, November 12, 2011
Bob’s report on ‘Occupy Poughkeepsie’ rally and march, Saturday, November 12, 2011.
I have been visiting and supporting (with supplies, books etc.) the Occupy Poughkeepsie group for about a month. I got involved with them, Ulster Moveon and then Sullivan (when I found out there was a Sullivan Moveon group), all in almost one week. My feeling about Poughkeepsie is deep, I was born there and have siblings in Poughkeepsie and surroundings, and felt I needed to DO something for them and for the movement. My involvement with Ulster Moveon and Sullivan then, grew and I want to help make them all a productive and successful as possible. Most of them are young, (most of my nephew/nieces could be their parents) its amazing, to be so dedicated.
At ten a.m. yesterday I met at Padma’s house, and she and Kathie Aberman and I rode to Poughkeepsie. We parked on Noxon st, around the corner from Market and the encampment and with our signs, supplies etc.. arrived at the site, which had even grown by several tents since my last visit only Tuesday of this week. I heard that several local businesses had given them tarps, tents and other materials.They did have a temporary generator for the sound system for performers which included very large puppets, speakers, performers, and Jason West, Mayor of New Paltz. Several of my good allies and friends from Ulster Moveon were there and I met several Facebook ‘radicals’ and friends, whom I hadn’t met face to face yet. The atmosphere was lively, almost like a large gathering of friends, which it was in one sense. The speakers, performers and large puppets with Anti Wall street messages, all started the marching after about about 2 hours. Before we got moving, we joined the protestors on the outskirts next to 44/55 the Arterial, waving signs and responding to the enthusiastic ‘honking’ cars and trucks supporting our cause, the Occupy Cause.
WE started at ‘Hulme’ park, (Church and Market sts.) after about 2 hours marched to the Famous Poughkeepsie Post Office, some more speeches and then down Main street, Poughkeepsie….. we decided to leave after marching for about an hour, being pretty tired at that point. This Sunday morning, I am hearing for more arrests at several national ‘Occupy’ sites and attempts to clear parks and encampments. They always go back, and seemingly always will. The Poughkeepsie and other occupiers are dedicated to stay in the winter, and may ‘occupy’ an abandoned building in the area (Poughkeepsie has too many of these), if things get too tough for them, but we will be there supporting them. I call upon all of you reading this to assist us in this. Whether you support Kingston, Poughkeepsie, or other areas, continue to support them in any way you can. I will be glad to be a liaison should you wish more information.
Bob’s experience of the Occupy Poughkeepsie Rally.
Saturday, November 12, 2011