Occupy CT is in the midst of a debate about land rights, and who ultimately has jurisdiction over the property the occupiers are encamped on.
Currently, a group known as "Proprietors of the Green", is claiming they have a natural right to the property. They don't have a title, or proof of their ownership. It has been passed down for generations to "care-takers", who have left responsibility for the care an maintenence of property in the hands of the city. As occupiers, we have "relieved" the city of their responsibility, and turned the property of the people into the hands of the people.Evicting us is symbolic of the systematic concept of 'manifest destiny". (Manifest Destiny is the concept the colonizers used to declare war on Native Americans. They claimed that it was their Christian duty, and their right to possess the land the indigenous people lived on because they were "savage".)
We live in a society where people feel that they have a right to possess property, and claim ownership over land that should be utilized effectively for the good of the people. All because it is believed that people cannot manage their own interests.
Laws created for the protection of our rights, are being divested from us, under the guise of what is considered to be the "greater good". Our power as a bloc, is being destroyed by imaginary variables that bear no real consideration for the problems that exist in actuality.
On Monday, our camp is facing "eviction". Eviction is a brutal example of what the indigenous people faced hundreds of years previously. Police enter an area with military precision. Arresting those that 'obstruct", destroying property, killing life (the police killed my dog during the Zuccotti Park raid, and injured an maimed many other dogs), and ruining people's lives with petty charges that make it impossible for them to receive "gainful employment" in the future. There is no conversation that takes place, no communication with the people that exist in the environment, just brutality.
We are a peaceful people, this is a peaceful protest, and we pay for our choice; every time the establishment denies us our fundamental right to exercise our opinion. We are the beautiful people. We are engaging in a beautiful struggle, and we refuse to be denied.