Last fall, 2011’s Occupy Baltimore Movement inspired many individuals to action. On the same token, it also incited a great deal of controversy and arguably exemplified, in microcosm, many of our society's systemic issues. In this article, Gaeng brings to light some of those intricacies, as well as discusses possibilities for the movement's post-occupation future.
The Baltimore City Police are having a good laugh right now. The officers in the yellow vests, who loiter around the occupation site have reported back, or will reportback soon, that we’ve played right into their hands. We’re not planning any civil disobedience, we’re not going to block tomorrow’s traffic with a march, and we’re not even going to disturb the night with a noisy dance party.
As the crowd marching down The Block screamed “NOW!”, we drowned out the traffic and the passers-by, who didn’t seem to realize that their slurs and catcalls were the reason we had all come out in the chilly rain. The name of the march, that stormed through Baltimore, on Saturday, September 17, was: SlutWalk. Some of us had never been called “sluts” before, some of us were used to it. And for most of us, that was beside the point.