Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Occupy protest of the day is "Day of Rage"

The picture is from a Bill Hobbs photo on Facebook and the comment below is from  Bill Hobbs on twitter: 

Occupy Nashville called for a "Day of Rage" at the state capital on March 7th. About 100 people showed up - including media. This picture shows most of the crowd - I blew it up in Photoshop and counted exactly 80 people who were clearly not media. There were maybe 10 people standing outside the frame to the right or at the top of the steps outside the frame. Most of the people were with the Campus Workers Union, complaining about not being paid enough. Also, the use of adjunct faculty seemed to irritate them, though there was no Adjunct Faculty Members Union there.
The following is from the blog Occupy Nashville:

International Women’s Day Celebration Event March 8, 2012

Occupy Nashville Hosts International Women’s Day Celebration Event March 8, 2012
11:30am to 1:00pm
at Legislative Plaza with a march to Broadway Street Bridge
Women make up 51% of the world’s population but 70% of the world’s poor. Women perform 66% of the world’s work, produce 50% of the food, but earn 10% of the income and own less than 1% of the world’s property.

Women’s work continues to be unpaid, underpaid and undervalued, making women’s contribution invisible to economic indicators and ineligible for the rewards reaped by the so called “productive” members of society.

Over half of the homeless are women and children, often fleeing domestic violence and neglect.

Everyone is invited to participate and join Nashville women as they make a strong statement for women’s rights and economic justice in Nashville and around the world! You and we are the 99%.

Meet at Legislative Plaza at 11:30am. The schedule of events includes a welcome and remarks by organizers, a dance and time for mingling, and a march to meet up with activists from Join Me On The Bridge/Women for Women International/Women In Black/CodePink, at the Broadway Street Bridge (near the Union Station Hotel) in downtown Nashville (about a 10-15 minute walk). The march will leave plaza at approximately 12:15pm.

Bring drums, musical instruments, colored cloth, signs, anything to add to the event. For further information contact Elizabeth Barger at or
As Occupy Nashville fades away they prove they can still draw a crowd of about 100 to their protest of the day. How long can they keep that up?  When the same 100 people show up every day to protest something different it is not long until everyone losses interest. A daily protest cannot get daily news coverage. I bet today's 100 will shrink every day until this time next month they are down to a core group of 12. I bet tomorrow's protest will not match today's 100.  Maybe I should not even report it. They have become insignificant and boring. A Google search did not reveal any coverage of today's Nashville protest beyond the Occupy related meetup and blogs and Facebook page.

Occupy is to decamp by midnight tomorrow night. A few people will probably get arrested but most will most likely fade away.

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