This link --> http://www.facebook.com/groups/occupyrockford/?ref=notif¬if_t=group_activity#!/photo.php?fbid=1900596214726&set=t.1836322319&type=1&theater ... leads to a picture from our Occupy Rockford, IL protest in front of a brand new federal courthouse this last Saturday, Oct 29th, 2011 where a "dedication" occurred. Lots of local dignitaries, elected politicians, and the media were all in attendance, so we decided to make our presence known. The picture you will see, if you are inclined to click on it is a split photo of one of our fellow protesters initial interactions with the local police here in Rockford, IL... the other side is the end result of our Occupy protest remaining peaceful and respectful and getting to know the local cops. Mind you, we had only about 110 people show up, so it is unfair to compare our protest to that of a larger city like Chicago, NYC, or San Diego.
This link --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjOuvbgIXaY is a YouTube video of myself at the same rally, shockingly posted (in near unedited condition) by the Tea Party guy who filmed it. Of course they added in the audio of Ronald Reagan repeating the corporate talking points that instilled fear about "socialized" medicine in the video.. but I would love it if everyone took the time to watch me in unexpected action. He was asking a couple of other Occupy protesters on health care/Medicare For ALL... everyone knew that this was my issue, so I interjected. I admit that I didn't say everything quite right, of well, maybe next time.
I was also interviewed by one of the local TV stations and made the 10PM news for all of five seconds... but hey, we'll take what we can get.
What is interesting to note is that the leader of the local Tea Party (David Hale) here in Rockford has invited me and a couple others from the Occupy Rockford movement to meet with him and a few of his fellow Tea Partiers to discuss the issues "off camera". I thought it was a joke, but it is a legitimate offer. No one in the group is foolish enough to think that this is some kind of invitation to "mend fences"... but it is hard to say no to the opportunity.