Occupy Wichita 10/2/11

 

 

 

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  1. Wicked and I think there were about 75 people when we were there. Although most of the attendees were very young, all ages were represented. I wish there had been more racial diversity. There were maybe 15 blacks and a couple of Asian people, I didn’t see any Hispanics.

    I’m glad I went! I will go back! It’s a worthwhile cause!

  2. These aren’t great (or even good) photos. I took them with my phone.

  3. There were maybe a dozen signs — ALL spelled correctly! 🙂

  4. prairie pond

    Wow, I wish I could have been there. Good on you all who went!

  5. CapnAmerica

    I didn’t even hear about this.

    Keep me posted.

    Also, Nov 3 is “Shame on the Chamber” for inviting GWBush at Century II.

    More info to follow . . .

  6. badbiker

    I have to admit that I was either not paying attention or I just didn’t hear about it. I did have my grandkids until early afternoon, but I could have made arrangements to have them go home earlier.

    I won’t miss the next one………………..

  7. These are great pictures! Mine are still on my camera, but probably not as good as these. Love that 3rd one! It looks like the group was being blessed by angels or something. 🙂

    For a first time, this was a good turnout.

    Capn, Occupy Wichita is not a one-time-only thing. The group intends to occupy into next year. You can learn more at #occupywichita on Facebook. They hit 300 fans today. There’s a wordpress blog, and someone else tried to create a second one that apparently didn’t survive. You can also find them on Twitter. @occupywichita

  8. fnord, we were both wrong. You thought Wall Drug, I thought Woolworth. It was Dockum Drug. I seem to remember it being on the northwest corner of William and Main. I’m going to check on that, though.

    • From Wikipedia…

      1958 Wichita and Oklahoma City sit-ins

      The first organized lunch-counter sit-in for the purpose of integrating segregated establishments began in July 1958 in Wichita, Kansas with the Dockum Drug Store sit-in, which targeted a store in the old Rexall chain. In early August the drugstore became integrated. A few weeks later on August 19, 1958 in Oklahoma City a nationally recognized sit-in at the Katz Drug Store lunch counter occurred. The Oklahoma City Sit-in Movement was led by NAACP Youth Council leader Clara Luper, a local high school teacher, and young local students, including Luper’s eight-year old daughter, who suggested the Sit-in be held. The group quickly desegregated the Katz Drug Store lunch counters. It took several more years, but she and the students, using the tactic, integrated all of Oklahoma City’s eating establishments. Today, in downtown Wichita, Kansas, stands a statue depicting a waitress at a counter serving people, honoring this pioneering sit-in.

      • That park where the statue of the lunch counter sits was renamed Chester I. Lewis park in 2006 (I think). However, it appears the artist who created the statue did not do it as a memorial to the sit-in. She’d heard about it, but it was only an idea for the statue and nothing more.

    • I had to hunt for it, but there’s a book written about the sit-in at Dockum Drug.

      http://www.amazon.com/Dissent-Wichita-Movement-Midwest-1954-72/dp/0252026837

    • As I feared, I was wrong.

      The Ambassador Wichita will be a 117-room boutique hotel built in the vacant building on the southeast corner of Douglas and Broadway that once housed Dockum Rexall Drugstore.

      Read more: http://www.kansas.com/2011/07/14/1934146/historic-dockum-drug-building.html#ixzz1ZgsYxobg

      Then what the heck was that drugstore that later became a music store on the northwest corner of William and Main?

  9. To add a local bit of news to this protest movement against the greed of Wall Street and corporations – there is a certain well-known Kansas-based bank in downtown Wichita – not far from the protest spot – where the bank president was complaining because they only made $300 million last year.

    Poor little things…

    eyes roll/////