October 6, Freedom Plaza, preview
A week from tomorrow the Washington event begins; so I thought a preview was in order.
Stop the Machine, the formal name of the protest, has a steering committee consisting of experienced activists. For better or worse, this will be a more organized protest than Occupy Wall Street. I sincerely hope that Dr. Margaret Flowers will act as spokeswoman for the event, as a fresh faced pediatrician is exactly the image we need to project. This demonstration will have more health care workers and fewer Guy Fawkes masks.
There is an official statement, faq, and a host of other information on the web site. Those of you in technology should think of Occupy Wall Street as a camp and Stop the Machine as a formal conference.
A word about Freedom Plaza, it is around the corner from the National Press Building, there will be no excuse not to cover this event. The Plaza itself is not so large, 1000 demonstrators would swamp it. The steering committee has wisely asked people to sign a pledge to stay at the Plaza, rather than ask 20,000 people to show up. This will give them a reasonable way to estimate how many people will show up. I am sure that there are many like myself who do not intend to camp out but will be making frequent visits.