Yesterday our blog community was FIRST to note the "occupy" tactic used by Kansas City protesters currently camped out at 12th & Oak isn't original at all.
Back in 2011 the Occupy KC movement sought to end the Fed, take money out of politics and bring about a local progressive renaissance. Sadly, none of that happened but more than a few local activists did make some lifelong enemies.
The highlight of that not-so-long ago movement involved tawdry allegations of nasty behavior in an unregulated tent city.
Remember this headline:
Of course we're sure that the current crop of protesters have pure hearts and would never stoop to the same level of previous protests . . . However, here's a perspective that has been overlooked amid a modern day plague . . .
AN OCCUPY KC VETERAN SENT HIS HEALTH WARNING ABOUT THE DANGER OF SICKNESS INSIDE PROTEST CAMPS!!!
Here's the word . . .
"By the end of Occupy KC we all had the same flu. Don't forget that we had porta-potties brought in and that made things somewhat more manageable but it was pretty gross. The food got a lot of us sick because the prep standards were lower and based on need and desperation. I know they're wearing masks, limiting outsiders and trying to do social distancing; that's great but so many people in close proximity just invites the spread of germs, especially with no running water for hand washing.
"I wish them the best, I am a supporter of BLM. I just hope that people sending them supplies include more PPE because they'll need it. Activism has its risks but coronavirus isn't a joke and the leaders of the movement should realize that there's no telling how COVID-19 can impact some people who might have underlying health conditions not even they know about . . . We had a couple of people who needed ambulances during Occupy and there were more than a few fights. Even people on the same side can have their differences.
I've seen the current camp and (from my experience) even outdoors, a space like that can start to feel really closed-in after just a few days . . . They're bringing awareness to an important issue, it doesn't look like they're going to change much but it's their right to protest . . . I just hope that they're being safe because the virus raises the danger level for these demonstrators who are literally putting their lives on the line."
Another TKC toilet exclusive . . . There are port-a-potties nearby and behind the scenes council members are negotiating to get more toilets and maybe a few sinks sent down to 12th & Oak in order to prevent the possibility of a coronavirus outbreak on the city steps.
Check the links:
Developing . . .