A new group has started to occupy Wall Street – parents and their kids.
“Thirty-five days into New York City’s Occupy Wall Street protest, a new type of crowd — 500 parents with their children — gathered in Zuccotti Park. The event, sponsored by Parents for Occupy Wall Street, was a family sleepover that started at 4 p.m. on Oct. 21 and ran through 11 a.m. on Oct. 22. It came complete with crafts, storybooks and … politics.”
“The reason for a sleepover? On parentsforoccupywallstreet.com, organizers say:”
“The group’s goal is to raise awareness of the diversity of people supporting the movement. In the press, there is an assumption that the only people supporting the movement are solely homeless or unemployed … With even a short visit to Liberty Plaza, you will see all walks of life supporting the movement, including middle class working families.”
The article says that parents and kids have showed up earlier but this was en masse and orchestrated. Extra precautions were taken to keep the children safe in a crowd and over night:
“Parents for OWS put extra security measures in place. They created a contained “Child and Family Only” area within Liberty Plaza that was accessible via an ID-required checkpoint only. Protesters who had been involved in Occupy Wall Street — both parents and non-parents — volunteered to help with protection, clad in neon yellow tees.”
I remember going with my father to some protests by Catholic families downtown at the capitol. They were sponsored by the Catholic church and during the daytime. So I think it was a fairly safe and family-friendly environment.
We had a teacher in high school that encouraged activism and a few of us met her at another protest downtown. That went pretty well until we had to figure out how to get change to take the Marta back to Gwinnett.
I haven’t taken my kids to any protests, but I would if it was something I believe in. I think it’s good for kids to learn about activism and how they can make change in their country. I want them to embrace their political efficacy. (Now spending the night outside is out of my comfort zone. I don’t want to get sick.)
What do you think of these parents taking their kids to a protest? Were you ever taken as a kid or teen to a protest? Would you take your child to a protest (it could be Tea Party, Pro Life or any cause)?