ODE joined the March for Peace, honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. and organized by West Side Grows Together and the Wilmington Peacekeepers. Showing support for the 26 families who lost loved ones in Wilmington shootings in 2012.
We marched, we chanted, we prayed, we ate, we danced together!
The ultimate weakness of violence
is that it is a descending spiral,
begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.
Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.
Through violence you may murder the liar,
but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.
Through violence you murder the hater,
but you do not murder hate.
In fact, violence merely increases hate….
Returning violence for violence multiples violence,
adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
ODE at MLK march, 2013, Wilmington
Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.
On August 5th, members of Occupy Delaware held an event at Spencer Plaza, the site of our 9 month protest camp. It was a joint birthday celebration to celebrate those 9 months, as well as a wake of sorts since we had made the difficult decision to end our protest encampment. I can’t speak for every individual, but I can say that many folks I spoke with shared that is was time to end our tent protests and to pour our time and energy into new forms of protest and community education. In addition, Spencer Plaza is also slated for much needed renovation in September and we had agreed to leave the Plaza to allow for this….as much to honor the memory of Peter Spencer as well as recognizing the jobs that the Plaza renovation will support.
On behalf of members of Occupy Delaware, I’d like to thank everyone who came out yesterday to help us celebrate our 9 month milestone as well as added their support for our de-occupation. It was a bittersweet day–remembering the past, but looking towards what the future will bring for Occupy Delaware.
As one commenter on our Facebook page put it:
It was a great day at Spencer Plaza. So much love and determination to move forward. Tents served their purpose but they aren’t necessary to continue the movement for the 99%. Onward!!
Right on and solidarity! Please join us every Wednesday at 7pm at Spencer Plaza for General Assembly. We have decided to continue to meet there for the time being.
The faces of the 99% by photojournalist TCDavis. These images are all from May and are taken at the ODE protest site in Spencer Plaza and at the community garden project.