Reader: Occupy Denver is only human
"99 Percent Gone," Off Limits, September 20
Occupy Denver is alive and well. Though the camping ban ended the physical occupation, the movement is still living, breathing, changing, growing. This article illustrates the kind of perspective that holds us back as human beings and keeps us trapped in the sickness of the dominant system — the perspective that emanates from ego and is unable to see beyond the limits of its own comfort. Sure, Occupy Denver has made some mistakes. We're only human. But we're willing to take risks and to live with some discomfort in order to discover what happens when we decide to stand up for ourselves and stand up for each other.
So Occupy is dead because Mayor Hancock and Westword say it is!
Why Westword focused so much of its coverage on Corey Donahue remains a mystery. Nut taps? Really? Maybe Westword should reflect on how much coverage it gave to Donahue, and whether that hurt our movement?
And you blame Occupy Denver for ruining sidewalk camping? Is that victim blaming? Is that reckless? Is it true? Let's be honest: Ninety percent of the people who were "sidewalk" camping were straight-up homeless people, so you're applauding the city on this and blaming Occupy Denver? Blame Hancock and the Denver City Council for not giving a shit about putting people's lives in jeopardy. We continue to do feed-ins in the park; a year later, we have become real advocates for that community.
I think it is shameful that the most negative piece that came out about Occupy Denver was in Westword. You make it seem like it's all our fault, and it's not; it's a national trend, it's the ebb and flow of social movements — fads, if you will, and a symbol of what can happen to a great idea if it is violently repressed by the state and media. Yes, we have made mistakes; most of us are first-time activists, and this is a giant learning experience.
"Sun Burn," Sam Levin, September 13
No mention in this article of the advancements/contributions toward energy independence in the measurement of public good! How would this person feel if a Walmart was dropped into their neighborhood solely for increased tax revenues? Or drilling for natural gas using fracking?
I thought this article would list some of the valuable contributions/advancements NREL has made to renewable energy. As I write this, I'm in the early stages of installing solar. This would probably not be possible without the work of NREL! Let's don't put energy independence on hold because somebody doesn't feel secure with NREL's location. Would they feel better if a coal-fired electrical generation plant landed in their back yard?
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