Occupation background

As a citizen of meager means, I helped propel the Occupy Nelson.

As a citizen of meager means, I helped propel the Occupy Nelson. Providing  video cameras, computer and a warm home to disburse our record of events into the public domain, Facebook and YouTube.

Sinixt elder Bob Campbell loaned us a teepee and asked me to speak about their responsibility to protect our water and fish stock, also to encourage the corporation of Nelson to try and understand the genocide that continues against their existence.

This two month peaceful spontaneous political event will take some time to analyze.

Perhaps the homeless and their supporters that occupied City Hall will be forgotten. The corporate corruption that reeks havoc against peace on Earth will stand down, replaced by universal goodwill.

Our conspired integrated global economy begs for war. The proposed Gateway Pipeline intends to bring tar oil from Alberta across BC to tankers bound for Asian markets, promises to define our future. A future with hope or dirty oil wars. Many citizens of BC and most of BC’s non-treaty natives want a sensible economy. Piping dirty oil to continue a willy nilly consumer economy will likely bring years of protest.

Nelson’s “lord of the ship,” our mayor, is a classic European politician; lead from behind and roll out platitudes. In my mind, no real vision to deal with a world that needs a grassroots facelift.

This two month occupy in Nelson revolved by chance around the Remembrance Day ceremony and our unanimous agreement with his lordship to dismantle the peaceful protest to honour those who served to war against corporate fascism. We also agreed with his lordship, that we would resume peaceful occupation after the ceremony.

Within hours of the ceremony, Nelson’s peace keepers (police) prevented one of the confused homeless from re-occupying. He believed what appeared to be a straightforward verbal agreement (contract) with the head of Nelson’s corporation. Our collective distain for the mayor’s obvious efforts to use our respect for the veteran’s against us, presented no honorable way to address this, except to re-occupy. And we did.

Two weeks later, city employees, backed up by the folks paid to carry loaded guns, served a camping by-law infraction on the occupiers and presto occupy is over.

Please stay in touch, we are working on a short film for Montreal film festival and will be presenting a version at a local venue in the new year.

Tom Prior



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