News of Occupy Quincy
The Occupy Wall Street movement in Quincy gathered at Dame Shirley Plaza for the eighth consecutive Wednesday, Nov. 30. Tobin, Sierra City, Graeagle, Genesee and Westwood were represented along with the Quincy area.
Each week, after indoor discussions of what OWS means for Plumas County, participants take to the sidewalk at the corner of Dame Shirley Park. Signs held high with large lettering communicate to vehicles passing by on Main Street and Bucks Lake Road: “People Before Profit” and “Wall Street Hurts Main Street.”
Workers, as diverse as loggers, bus drivers, electricians, deliverymen and emergency responders, encourage the demonstrators by honking, waving and flashing lights.
Local Occupiers say they brave the cold to help raise awareness about the issues behind the growing national anger. Even the day before Thanksgiving, Occupy Quincy participants showed up for discussion and were ready to stand outside to bring attention to recent police tactics used against students.
Corporate dominance in American politics is the central subject discussed by the local OWS Quincy participants who communicate daily via group email and Facebook. More than 90 people are engaged in the online discussions in which articles, websites and live footage of events are shared and critiqued.
The most fundamental theme that has emerged from the conversations is everyone’s support for Plumas County’s economy and residents.
Key concerns of the local Occupiers are: corporate personhood, income inequality, loss of dependable mainstream media coverage, the merging of state and corporation, regulation of Wall Street, illegal foreclosures and the recent infringement of the constitutional rights of free speech and assembly.
Occupy Quincy participants have visited or are in personal contact with the OWS movements of Sacramento, Chico, Los Angeles, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, San Francisco, Ventura, Oakland, Portland and New York. Occupy Quincy numbers have been stable by comparison, and the community supportive.
Recommendations for action include buying and banking locally and supporting locals when their jobs are threatened, their support programs are cut or they are foreclosed on. Increasing local efforts to develop independent energy resources and food production are also talked about. Alternative banking is being studied, and an economics study group is having its first meeting 6 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Quincy library. The meeting is open to the public.
Discussions of the issues and actions begin by 3 p.m. at the Alley Cat Cafe on Wednesdays. Demonstrations begin at 4 p.m. For more information, go to the Occupy Quincy Facebook page.