By now we’re into the fourth month of the “Occupy” movement. No doubt you’ve read about or seen the encampments in New York and elsewhere, the pepper-spraying of peaceful students in Davis, Calif., and the vicious police beatings of demonstrators in Oakland.
Roanoke has its own Occupy outfit. It’s more like “Occupy-lite,” though, because they’re not camping out. They’re mostly a weekend and weekday lunch-hour deal, with people holding signs.
Saturday afternoon I dropped in on Occupy Roanoke’s weekly “General Assembly” in Elmwood Park. I counted 35 people there.
There were a few scruffy, hippie-looking characters in the small crowd. But even those representatives of “the 99%” didn’t smell like hadn’t showered in a week. They did not seem to need delousing. And none of them was smoking pot.
They collected coats and other cold-weather outwear for the homeless, which will be distributed this upcoming weekend. They also handed out food and talked about this country’s future.
All of which ought to tell you that the image painted in the national media may be skewed, if Roanoke’s Occupy crew is anything like other cities.
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