Extracurricular

Feeding the 99%

Last week, on a rainy New York night, Happy Homesteader hopped down to Occupy Wall Street to deliver eighty or so Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches to the cold and hungry occupiers camped in Zuccotti Park. The occupiers who’ve been committed to maintaining around the clock residence near Wall Street for a month now were delighted with the donation, especially when they saw we’d done all the prep work for them. They hit the food line and were snatched up quick! It was great to do a simple thing that made the day of a lot of people trying to do something for the rest of us. We’re glad we did, and will be headed back soon with homemade banana bread.

A little about Occupy: OccupyWallSt.org is the unofficial de facto online resource for the ongoing protests happening on Wall Street. We are an affinity group committed to doing technical support work for resistance movements. We are not affiliated with Adbusters, anonymous or any other organization.

Occupy Wall Street is a horizontally organized resistance movement employing the revolutionaryArab Spring tactic to restore democracy in America. We use a tool known as a “people’s assembly” to facilitate collective decision making in an open, participatory and non-binding manner. We call ours the NYC General Assembly and we welcome people from all colors, genders and beliefs to attend our daily assemblies. To learn more about how you can start a people’s assembly to organize your local community to fight back against social injustice, please read this quick guide on group dynamics in people’s assemblies.

For more information including donation options: www.occupywallst.org

While any delicacy could have been made to deliver to Occupy Wall Street, I have to give credit to Art Vassmer (Mr. Woodstock) for the PB&J inspiration. Art and his brother Fritz were the owners of Vassmer’s general store where I partly grew up in White Lake, NY. He kept us kids stocked with fishing worms and candy. Before that, he took care of concert goers at Woodstock when other local vendors wouldn’t. He’s featured in the original Woodstock (1970) documentary film, wearing his taped up, bottle thick spectacles and plaid shirt that i think he still had well into the eighties, talking about giving away PB&J sandwiches regardless of supporting the concert or it’s attendees.” They’re good kids and they need to eat” he said. The little town of White Lake will never be the same without Art, but he is remembered by many.

– Corinna

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