The Occupy Amarillo movement got off to a great start Saturday, October 15.
Since we just got things under way a week ago, I wasn't sure what to expect. How many people would show, would there be counterprotestors, would we see a police presence? Amarillo is, after all, a city where differing ideas are frowned upon, the reddest part of a red state, and an area where people don't often like to step outside their comfort zones. But for all those things, folks are generally civil, more inclined to roll their eyes if they disagree than anything.
When I showed up at Ellwood park, I was worried. We looked around, and only saw homeless people. It took awhile, but eventually protestors trickled in. And by trickled, I mean trickled. when Channel 10 showed up to get news footage, there were 10-15 of us standing around.
But by the time of the march we had 75. Some could not make the full march and met us at the Chase building. By the time we got there, there were between 80 and 90. Not bad when you consider protests in Denver started out with about 100.
After the march, we discussed ideas. It was interesting to see the variety of views presented. Although we do not agree on all solutions, we agree that much needs to be done, in Amarillo and elsewhere.
If you want to join in the Occupy Amarillo movement, Like our Facebook page. There is also a group, just contact a member to be added.
And now, photos (borrowed from Job's Anger