Cross-posted at Cartoon Movement
Today we publish the second installment of our ‘Occupy Sketchbook’ series with a piece from Sarah Glidden on Occupy Miami from the November 17 Day Of Action marking two months since protests began on Wall Street. Glidden has contributed two pieces of reporting to us before, from Syria and Palestine, and now brings us a sketchbook essay on the movement that is still gaining steam in the States.
Since the Occupy movement began, Glidden has spent the bulk of her time in Italy and France on book tour for How To Understand Israel in 60 Days Or Less. She had been following Occupy closely from afar, more closely than Europeans, she said, who seem more accustomed to a climate of protests and disruptive strikes.
“When we would start talking about OWS, the attitude seemed to be that it’s great that Americans are taking some sort of action against the system we’ve created,” she says. “And then the conversation would inevitably turn towards “so wait, I still don’t understand… why don’t the American people want health care for everyone?” which is always fun to try and explain.”
On the North American leg of her tour, she took time to visit camps in Oakland and Vancouver before heading to Florida. “I was only in Miami for a few days, so it was not enough time to do the reporting necessary for a proper article,” she said. “But I figured that by creating the piece as more of an essay of observations I could show a little bit of the camp’s atmosphere and dynamics.”