By Jim Stanford on October 7, 2011
Occupy Wall Street continues to gain momentum, with new protests springing up every day. Perhaps inspired by this Wyoming man featured prominently at Wednesday’s march in New York, activists have begun organizing in Casper, Laramie, Cheyenne and now Jackson.
A protest over economic inequality would be appropriate in a resort town where so many of America’s titans of capitalism shuttle in and out on private jets to trophy mansions. And a rally would be a suitable place for those local zombies to show up and clog the downtown streets, which they’ve become fond of lately.
“It would be fun to show some support from the Hole — besides, I haven’t been in a good demonstration since 1969,” writes one reader.
When I originally set out to write this post, I intended it to be tongue in cheek, suggesting that, similar to the Wall Street sit-in, a Jackson protest could serve as a nexus of nebulous causes, with residents decrying everything from closure of the north 89 pathway to the recent killing of a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park to even the ban on uphill skiing at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (which is, after all, our largest corporation).
But this is no joke. When you look at the 99 Percent blog or this chart, which has been making the rounds, it’s hard not to get irate. Organizers are mulling an event for the weekend of Oct. 15-16. Stay tuned for #OccupyJH updates.