Photo: DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES
The University Bridge is a gear of the machine that we put our bodies on yesterday. That would be me on the bridge in the yellow poncho in the photo above.
Occupy Seattle and the King County Labor Council's joint protest rally and march yesterday resulted in the direct action of blocking the University Bridge for several hours during rush hour. One of the purposes of the protest was to bring attention to the fact that jobs could be created if government would just approve a plan to repair crumbling infrastructure, like the University Bridge.
If you read any of comment sections of local news reports about the protest and University Bridge blockade you'd find lots of bitching from individual commuters that took this tone, "Who do these people think they are?" Or, "can't you see I'm not getting my needs met here because of the inconvenience of having to be detoured around the protest."
Please excuse us for inconvenience.
But there comes a time when just robo-voting for ineffective and corporate controlled politicians just won't do anymore. As citizens we feel that something dramatic has to take place to shake you from your sleep and day to day routine. When it's all over I'm sure you'll thank us for putting our "bodies on the gears, and the wheels, upon the levers" of the machine, as Mario Savio pointed out in his now famous 1964 speech about free speech and the right to assemble, which is the subject of the two videos below.
The protesters believe that the time has passed for us to continue to rely on the normal channels to bring about the change we feel is needed. The nation is at a crossroads. The destruction of our country's political institutions through corporate corruption, greed and incompetence must be stopped. Or there may not be a commute for you to get stuck in at all.