While drumming circles have disrupted the unity of Occupy Wall Street in New York, Occupy Columbia is vowing to be a good citizen of Statehouse grounds. Though their role is more squatter than citizen, spokeswoman Melissa Harmon says when scheduled events like the Governor’s Carol-lighting happen, they will be “happy to participate.”
Occupy members observed Tuesday’s national press conference at the Statehouse with presidential candidate, Texas Governor Rick Perry.
Harmon says,”I believe we should be present for all events like this. We are a non-partisan movement and we plan to stay that way. I believe that all the candidates, no matter where they stand, are taking money to make sure they get ahead in politics.”
The relationship between money and politics is one of the issues that occupiers are protesting.
Now, with a little help from Occupy Charleston members, the protest presence is about 25 strong on average, with people coming in at different parts of the day, some of them before and after work.
“So far, we have been working within and working with staff to make sure this is a space for everyone. But at the moment we are living in this space. We are occupying this space until things change,” Harmon says.