What does it take for the media to get around to making fun of the Occupiers? They have to try occupying Obama’s DNCpalooza. Then the media suddenly starts treating Occupy Charlotte like it’s the Tea Party.
Walking up to an African-American woman outside of one townhouse, a white protester called out, “Hey, sister.”
“Sister?” she asked. “It’s ma’am to you.”
The protester apologized, and invited her to Sunday’s March on Wall Street South. When she said she couldn’t walk or stand for long, he invited her to a rally before the march.
DNC protest organizers want local residents to march in contingents that would include the unemployed, victims of foreclosures and workers trying to unionize. The local residents would march alongside college students and demonstrators from around the country, many of whom are taking buses to Charlotte for the convention.
“We’ve been canvassing through many neighborhoods, mostly working class neighborhoods, where people who are struggling through the effects of the economic downturn live,” said Dante Strobino, a field organizer who’s helping with the March on Wall Street South.
Fight Imperialism–Stand Together (FIST) is a national group of young activists committed to fighting racism, sexism, oppression of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, and exploitation of the working class, all of which result from imperialism and capitalism. We believe that the only way to achieve true liberation for all peoples throughout the world is through socialism.
And he isn’t having much luck getting the World Revolution started in Charlotte.
The evening had a few awkward moments. At the sight of approaching organizers and media members, some young people sitting and standing outside one house walked inside. “We want to bring our voices and make sure our voices are heard,” Richard Kossally told those who remained.
One man said he was upset that President Barack Obama may stay in suburban Ballantyne when he visits Charlotte.
“The way the world is now, ain’t nobody helping us,” said Tommy Thomas, 19, a senior at West Mecklenburg High School. “No matter how many people vote, money conquers all. It’s a brainwash to the people, thinking their votes count.”
So much for the Revolution.