A collective sigh of relief was heard in Zuccotti Park on Friday morning, after the scheduled 7 a.m. cleanup – a ruse by Mayor Bloomberg to evacuate the park, say Occupy Wall Street protesters – was postponed at the last minute, avoiding a confrontation between hundreds of demonstrators and the NYPD.
Pérez, who holds degrees in psychology and communications, is one of the Latino pioneers in the Occupy Wall Street movement, a group that has grown by leaps and bounds in the last couple of weeks.
“I am proud to have been involved from the first day, Sept. 17,” said Pérez.
Enthusiastic and committed, she is the coordinator of a group of volunteer translators who made possible the Spanish edition of the Occupied Wall Street Journal, the lively newspaper published by the protesters. The first issue debuted Saturday, Oct. 2, just in time for the first Spanish Speakers Assembly in Zuccotti Park.
La Revolución comienza en casa [The Revolution begins at home] was its banner headline.
The second edition hit Zuccotti Park on Friday. The cover story, Lo más importante del mundo [The Most Important Thing in the World], is from a speech activist and writer Naomi Klein delivered to the protesters on Oct. 6.
“It was all translations from the English paper,” said Pérez, who added they want to have original content. “It’s important to let people know who we are and what we are doing in their own language. We need to give ourselves a voice. We are not splitting from the main group, of course, but we have to give the Spanish paper el toque latino [the Latino touch]. There are pressing needs that are only ours, that affect Latinos.”
But Pérez and the other Latinos involved in the protest wholeheartedly share the basic values and ultimate goals of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
They are an integral part of the 99% outraged by the scandalous economic disparities, the blatant disregard of banks and corporations for working people and the middle class. above all, they protest the impunity enjoyed by corrupt financial institutions and corporate fat cats responsible for the destruction of the country’s economy.
“It hasn’t been easy, I have been sleeping three or four hours for the last three weeks,” she said. “I go to Zuccotti Park after work and whenever I have free time but this is a cause about which I protest with fervor.”
Pérez said this weekend was important one for the movement. She said a huge march planned from Zuccotti Park to Times Square would coincide with demonstrations in hundreds of cities in as many as 82 countries, including one at the “Miracle Mile,” San Juan‘s financial sector.
For those who look at Zuccotti Park and see hordes of wide-eyed leftist radicals intent on bringing down the system, Pérez has some soothing words.
“This is not an anti-capitalist movement but there must be justice,” she said. “No longer should people have to kill themselves working only to survive, and no longer should the rich pay less taxes than their employees. There must be government regulation and greater control.”
In other words, this is a revolution of fairness and decency, a return to long-forgotten basic values of humanity and solidarity, a long overdue goodbye to what Pope John Paul II called “savage capitalism.”
“People all over the world are waking up and speaking out,” said Pérez. “And there is no going back.”
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