To the editor:
We are Occupy Kelowna.
Here in Kelowna, we stand in solidarity with 2,217 cities across the globe asking for change.
A lot of people do not understand why we are here. Why we occupy. Why we protest. We are here to try and make the voice of the people heard. If you are in debt, you have reason to be here. If raising a family is becoming too difficult with the low number of jobs available and low wages, you have reason to be here. If you have ever called the streets your home because at the end of the day there was just nowhere else to go, you have reason to be here. If you have a grievance with the current world-wide system, you have reason to be here.
We are not just a group of protestors angry at the world. We are not a bunch of jobless hippies. We are many—both working and jobless, people with homes and people without.
Things are not OK. Just look at the injustices of this world. Too long have the people of this world been filled with greed. We watch now as Canada steps ahead of other countries, but not in a positive way. The wealth distribution gap between the rich and the poor grows more and more every year, and in Canada it grows faster than nearly any other nation on the planet.
We are here to be a part of the change in the world.
This is what our democratic system should be like.
So we ask you citizens of Kelowna, citizens of Interior BC, citizens in what should be a truly free country for your support. Come down to us, lend your voice to change. Set up a tent or just stand and talk. Hold a sign or simply be with us in spirit. We are here to provide an outlet for your change, all of our change. If you have grievances with the world, come and talk to us. If you have grievances with us, come and talk to us. If you just want to know what this is all about, come talk to us. We will change the world, but we need everyone’s support first.
We will continue meeting at Kerry Park at 10 a.m. for the day on Saturday’s and we continue to strive to make a physical base from which to serve this important effort. We have been stopped from claiming any public space in Kelowna, by bylaw enforcement—where are our democratic rights for free assembly?