I’ve been watching as the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City gains momentum. Worldwide, similar movements centred on similar flash points of discontent have been bubbling up. I attended the first day of the Occupy London protest, and I filmed some footage I have compiled into a short film which is embedded below and also available here to download for free under a Creative Commons license. If you find something of value in it, please feel free to download and share it as widely as you see fit, with attribution as appropriate.
I have wanted to write something about this situation but I couldn’t come up with the right idea for how to approach this very important issue from an honest place. However, after seeing this video of USMC Sgt. Shamar Thomas berating the NYPD for their behaviour, and after seeing and speaking with the police and protesters here in London about why they are doing what they are doing, I feel the best way to address this from my perspective is as an open letter. I hope that I have done justice to the principles of all the people involved in these recent events.