The upcoming occupation protest in Washington D.C. that’s scheduled to start on October 6 seems to have been well planned ahead of time. “We will have medical staff in attendance and the DC ambulance service will be on site at all times for emergencies,” the official protest web site informs people planning to participate in the protest.
In contrast, the Occupy Wall Street protest, one week after it began, decided that it would hold a “healing fair”, for one day, two weeks from now. “The healing fair will include the following practicioners and modalities: acupuncture, reiki, massage, holisitic healers, spiritual guidance psychics and tarot card readers, yoga and tai chi, and more…”
Psychics and tarot card readers? Reiki? Scientific studies have shown that these healing therapies don’t even work… kind of like echinacea, another form of medicine that the Wall Street occupiers have requested be sent to them.
If I’m attending a long-term protest with a large number of people, sleeping out on the street in autumn weather, I don’t want faith healers and ineffective herbal tinctures. I’d prefer to be helped by a nurse or a physician.
I’d also rather attend a protest organized by people who, though they respect the right of all people to hold whatever religious beliefs they choose, are willing to rely on reality-based solutions when serious problems arise.