Critics of the Occupy Wall Street movement often point to activists’ use of iPhones and laptops in their fight against corporate greed and control of America. As Natalie W of Capricious Yet Constant points out, we sometimes must use the tools of the system to dismantle it. We recognize the irony of biting the hand that feeds, but the lifestyle choices anyone makes do not diminish their involvement in the movement, or the movement itself:
I own an Apple iPhone.
I have a MacBook that I take everywhere with me.
I drink Starbucks when my body needs a caffeine fix.
I eat McDonald’s but prefer Corner Bakery when I’m hungry and away from home.
I smoke Camel cigarettes.
I am a proud member of Occupy Chicago. I am protesting in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and the 1000-plus occupied cities in the US for economic equality for all people, for an elimination of corporate influence over government regulation, and against corporate greed.
The goods and services I use to facilitate my lifestyle are not mutually exclusive to my social activism. In fact, the situation is quite opposite.
I require nicotine, caffeine and food to fuel this body to take the streets chanting with my brothers and sisters in action. Step by step, mile by magnificent mile until our throats are scratched, our voices cracking from calling to passersby, the buildings, the very fabric of society.
“People over profits! Occupy Chicago!”
“Show me what democracy looks like!” “THIS is what democracy looks like!”
I would feed this machine with locally grown, organic, fair trade sustenance but there are no farmer’s markets on the corner of LaSalle and Jackson. However, I gratefully fill my body with others’ kindness: gifts of donuts, bagels, crackers, pizza, and boxes of coffee, gulped down quickly in between breaths of conversation with fellow Occupiers on how to improve our world.
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