I caught up with the Occupy Taos marchers/protesters last Saturday as they were heading for the weekly Farm Market. I believe there was an international effort that day to demonstrate solidarity with the ongoing Occupy Wall Street event in New York. I talked to one of the marchers and he acknowledged that there was no real enemy here in Taos to focus on, such as the Wall Street financial district which symbolizes an out-of-touch financial, corporate and political elite. In his opinion the marchers were mainly “preaching to the choir” here in Taos, but he was content with that.
It couldn’t have been a nicer day for a farm market or a walk around town carrying a sign. The temperatures were in the low 70s and there was no wind to ruffle feathers, no signs of tension in the air. At times the group sounded like a marching band, as they had some horn players along, and when they were along a street they suggested drivers honk to show support, which most did. One of the main themes of the people speaking through megaphones was that we (Taos citizens) are all part of the 99% of people in the US who are not part of the elite, those 1 % who benefit most from the current distribution of wealth.
I met up with the marchers again as I entered the Plaza. They were headed back to their position on the main street, which is also a highway and a constant source of slow-moving traffic–a perfect place to advertise your message. As it turns out there was a crew of civic-minded locals doing volunteer work to upgrade the Plaza. Interestingly they are installing a horse shoe pit in the spirit of a return to some time in the past when there was one and it saw a lot of use by locals.
There was a band playing in the bandstand ( in the upper middle, in shadow). I guess they were doing their part as volunteers as well. I’m glad I happened into town just in time to take these photos which illustrate a segment of the population mix of Taos out putting their vision of a better world, a better community, into action.