Nearing 2 months in progress, the Occupy Wall Street protest, which started out in Manhattan’s Liberty Plaza, is turning into a full-fledged movement extracting a wide range of the “99%” out of their homes and offices and onto the streets. In cities across the country, Americans are taking a stance against corporate corruption, however, not everyone who feels the spirit of the movement is able make it to front lines. Some of us have jobs, children, and about a million reasons we can’t pack up our duffel bag and take up the fight. And let’s be real, camping out in a cold, rat-infested park for days at a time isn’t for everyone. This is why the following suggestions from The Nation & Yes Magazine are right on point. Check the following ways a non-occupant can keep the movement moving forward:
1. Send non-perishable food, books, magazines, coffee, tea bags, aspirin, blankets, etc. to your local Occupy settlers. For the largest encampment in Manhattan, send goods to: UPS Store, c/o Occupy Wall Street, 118A Fulton St, #205, NY, NY 10038.
2. Have pizza delivered to the protestors (or take them there yourself). Again, for the NYC resistance at Liberty Plaza, call Majestic Pizza Corp at 212-349-4046.
3. Donate to Occupy Wall Street through its website.
4. Document your experience of the occupation. Even if you ride by the event, or chronicle your own feelings of the movement, Sarah van Gelder of Yes Magazine urges you to share them with the media. “Highlight the human dimension of the protests. It is harder for critics to disparage a movement when people see the faces of those involved.”
5. Get informed on the events preceding and surrounding Occupy Wall Street and be a resource for those around you. Some people just need more information to really appreciate what the protestors are fighting for.
6. Defend Occupy Oakland. With the raid that left former Marine and Iraq war vet Scott Olsen brain damaged and still unable to communicate clearly, it’s pretty clear that the Oakland police could use a measure of restraint in handling the peaceful protest. Call Oakland Mayor Jean Quan immediately at 510-238-3141 to demand fair and humane treatment of the Occupy demonstrators.
7. Read Nathan Schneider’s Occupy Wall Street FAQ and share with your friends, family, etc.
8. Spread the word of Occupy College’s national series of Teach-ins on November 2nd and 3rd. More than 100 schools have signed on to date.
9. Attend or organize a regional event.
10. Like and share this Facebook page.