- Posted October 17, 2011 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Occupy Wall Street
Montreal, Canada - Occupy Protest as observed by an American
- jmsaba, CNN iReport producer
Montreal, Canada - Saturday, October 16, 2011:
“It’s all your (entire) fault,” commented my fellow conference attendee.
He was referring to the hundreds of Canadians who were predicted to protest the next day down St. Catherine’s Street in Montreal, Canada.
“You Americans have started this and now we have the young and potentially employable screaming they are the 99%!”
For an instant, I felt a bit like Dorothy. “There’s no place like home,” I repeated under my breath.
You see I had traveled to attend a trade meeting in Montreal, Canada. The man I mentioned was one of my hosts.
As I stood at the side of St. Catherine’s Street, I felt a bit annoyed. I believe everyone has the right to express themselves. However, as a parent of a child with special needs, it really annoyed me. Here was an able body group of young people wearing expensive clothing and carrying iPhones and pushing super-turbo child strollers (with baby in tow) yelling, “We are the 99%”
As I stood with great interest and watched the parade, I said under my breath, “That is the most capable, able bodied group, of potential workers I have ever seen.
Each night before I go to bed I stress about what the future holds for my son who has several handicaps and a diagnosis that will make finding a job difficult if not impossible. Here before me in the streets of Montreal, are able bodied, young and bright minds walking before me.
Maybe I am missing something? But why exactly should I feel badly for them? My son is one of ten Americans with a severe disability. Who may not have the ability to secure and hold a job.
The group I saw walking, talking, socializing and flaunting expensive technology and clothing do not get my vote.
Learning to find your path in life takes more than a protest. It’s about the ability to advocate, socialize and discuss possible solutions.
Although I applaud the efforts of this group to make their feelings known, I think they need to count their blessings and get to work.
Again, perhaps, I am missing the point?