From:   Andy Anderson <3aeanderson@gmail.com>
Sent time:   Saturday, October 15, 2011 9:55:37 AM
To:   september17 <september17@googlegroups.com>
Subject:   [september17discuss] A Letter From One of Your Children-Occupy Indianapolis
 

Dear Parent

    We are out there and I am sure you have noticed. We are those who

originally yearned to be with you, but realized the need to make this

global so we stayed home and built our own groups in your likeness.

But some of us are getting the s*** kicked out of us and some of us

are losing the message and some of us are succeeding beyond our

original expectations, but most of us are just working to make this

work day to day. We are your children and we look to you for support,

encouragement, and guidance. For our part you have been there. And you

have been a great help to date. But we still need more and although we

realize that is a burden you probably hesitate to lift, we ask you

anyway. That being said Occupy Indianapolis would greatly appreciate

any assistance you can give us.

 

   We are currently occupying the Indiana State Capitol Building, but

with no tents and no sleeping. We have good relations with the police

and the media, but only superficially. Nobody really knows what to

expect and the media is focusing on our cleanliness and politeness.But

we are planning an occupation of the area near our river where the

city has pushed the homeless to, so they are out of sight for the

Super Bowl. We are planning an occupation along the lines of Boston,

in operation, but with a hospital, cafeteria, and outreach for the

homeless. It just so happens the land we are planning to occupy is

owned by Eli Lilly, who we are sure agreed with the mayor in getting

the "riff raff" out of sight for those coming to our fine city. We are

hoping to bring the media into this and use them to garner public

support both for the homeless and ourselves and thus maintain our

occupation. They are the 99% percent as well. We are also wanting to

extend a hand to the Hispanic Community that until recently did not

really have a voice. This has all been approved by the GA, But it is

the committee's job to make this happen and winter is coming fast.

 

    The hospital group is trying to pull in volunteers from the local

hospitals to do shifts. But we are having problems with medical

supplies. The area we are planning to occupy is sloped to the river,

so we will have to dig shelves into the side of the incline to make

areas for tents. The area is wooded and off the beaten track so we are

looking at ways to bring in people and supplies in large quantities.

We are looking to unions for labor and manpower to reshape the area.

We have been warned by the trade unions to keep the AFL-CIO at arms

reach until we are large enough to keep them in their place. To make

this as quick as possible, we are brainstorming. But the differnce

between brainstorming and action seems quite large right now. So what

I am asking for is any suggestions, comments, warnings,

encouragements, ect. that you can lend us. Also can you create a

library of "how to" workshops like the GA orientation that was on

livestream last night,to help facilitate training? Another concern was

as our parent, can you organize a group meeting between the various

occupy groups so we can compare notes and concerns amoung all the

groups? Maybe a GA meeting along the lines that Anonymous came up with

for governing, a kind of electronic consensus tool. Lastly, for those

looking in the future, can we come up with a form of communication

that cannot be cut, should the powers that be decide they are tired of

playing and take the internet and cell phones away. We don't see this

as immediate, but someday our successes may make this necessary.Thank

you all again for starting this, encouraging us, and leading us.

 

 

Peace.

 

Occupy Indianapolis WE ARE THE 99%

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