Being a part of this march was, in a word, liberating —Amber Smith

Amber Smith wrote for the VSU Spectator 20 October 2011, Occupy Valdosta exceeds participant’s expectations,
I don’t consider myself an extremely political person, but I do believe that people should stand up for what they believe in. The Valdosta community has recently come together to do just that.

On Friday, I participated in the Occupy Valdosta march with over 100 students, teachers, and other members of the Valdosta community. I was excited that I got to shed my title of Spectator reporter and editor for a day and actually fully take part in an event. The turnout was, in a word, amazing. Honestly, I was trying not to get my hopes up too high for this.

The rest of her very interesting experiences and opinions are well worth a read. Here’s her conclusion:
Being a part of this march was, in a word, liberating. I felt like we were really doing something, like maybe things will begin to change. Not necessarily because we marched once, but the global movement that the Occupy Wall Street movement has become has the potential to make big waves in the world as we know it.

Like Ghandi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” By coming out, taking a stand and letting our voices be heard we provide inspirations for others to do the same.

Eventually, if you make enough noise, someone, somewhere will listen.

Here is Amber the next weekend at the Vote No School Consolidation March.


2 thoughts on “Being a part of this march was, in a word, liberating —Amber Smith

  1. matthew richard

    john, man, this is a lot of work . . . i think you need an intern! i wonder if communications can give you a couple? if not, i will see if our department can–i think i can convince my coordinator of the value of it . . . that is, if you are interested?

  2. Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange

    Interns are good; we like interns. Label videos in YouTube, watch them and select ones they like, scribble notes to turn into blog entries, edit videos into movies, go to events and take videos, upload videos, search our video archives for old videos that illuminate current events, etc…. -jsq

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