- Mocking those rich-people hats. (Photo: flickr/eridesign)
Before long at Metro Center, expect to see suits, dresses, copies of the Wall Street Journal, briefcases ... oh, what's that? No, it's not business as normal — not exactly, anyway, even if it may look like it a little. The Occupy D.C. movement — our capital's offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City — is conducting a little parody on our WMATA trains before long. They're going to go there dressed as the "top 1%" of wealth in our population, which means fancy clothes, wine bottles, and top hats, apparently.
Occupy D.C. initially wanted you to come today at 5:30 p.m. and bring "plentiful and overt signs of parodied wealth. Eg: monocles, top hats," as outlined in a blog post encouraging protesters to come dressed in their most bourgeois get-ups imaginable. The various Occupy X, Y, Z movements have begun cropping up all over the place since the New York protests arose in late September to defy the vast imbalances in wealth and influence that guide our society. The vaguely liberal movement's goals, especially as diffused into various other Occupy movements, are naturally a little abstract. What do they stand for? Not Wall Street, not K Street (where our lobbyists hang), and not the richest 1% of society. They share their struggles with blogs, such as "We are the 99%."
Yet the Occupy D.C. movement is so march-crazy that they accidentally double-booked themselves! The protesters are also marching at the Newseum, where The Atlantic is putting on the Washington Ideas Forum with the Aspen Institute, at 5 p.m. The post on the Occupy D.C. blog encourages people to come looking shaved and at their fanciest, but the Occupy K Street Twitter account shows organizers desperately trying to reschedule — a whole hour and a half before it's supposed to begin. As of mid-afternoon, they also were still debating on Twitter what time to actually hold the parody Metro ride.
Guys ... scheduling matters. That's not very top-1% of you to mess this stuff up, you know. And you wouldn't want to miss out on the Tea Party Truth Squad's 20 pizzas tonight, would you? Planning. In any case, I look forward to see these decked-out Occupiers on our WMATA trains, whenever they arrive. See some of their recent tweets here: