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PROTESTS: Movement shines important spotlight

Letter by David L. Dittemore, Tacoma on Feb. 6, 2012 at 1:52 pm | 22 Comments »
February 6, 2012 2:31 pm

Re: “Occupy Tacoma may face eviction” (TNT, 2-2).

I’m sorry to hear that the powers that be are seeking to get rid of Occupy Tacoma. It is sad that it is one of the few remaining settlements nationwide.

These mostly young people are the “canaries in the coal mine” who are bringing the problems in our current society to our attention, problems like income disparity, money corrupting politics, the environment, jobs going overseas, unfair tax structure and lack of jobs.

I try to drop in a few times a week to deliver some hot food and hold a sign for an hour or two. I think they’ve done pretty well; they’ve had portable toilets from the start and are supporting some homeless people who have been referred there from agencies that get public support.

I don’t think we will solve our problems by sweeping them under the rug. Much as a temperature is a signal of a serious illness, the fact that these young people are making the sacrifice of sleeping outside and enduring other hardships shows that we need to make some important changes in the world they will inherit.

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