Starting in about half an hour from now, and continuing for the next five days, there will be a protest at the Senior PGA Championship in Benton Harbor, Michigan. They’re calling it Occupy The PGA.
Why protest the PGA? One big reason is that the golf course on which the Senior PGA Championship is being played, starting today, was taken from the people of Benton Harbor. That land had been part of a public park, which was supposed to remain open to local citizens in perpetuity. It’s now part of a golf course that can be used only by well off tourists with enough money and time to devote to the sport of scooting around in motorized carts over a gigantic, excessively manicured lawn. The creation of the Harbor Shores golf course is a potent symbol of the way that public goods that have been present for the use of everybody have been taken away and given to the 1 Percent most wealth Americans, as playthings.
One of the presidential candidates has been paying attention to the injustice of the Benton Harbor land grab. One of the presidential candidates will be present today and participating in the protest against the PGA.
That presidential candidate, of course, is not Mitt Romney.
Barack Obama won’t be there, either – even though he was only an hour’s drive away from the protest site just yesterday.
On Election Day 2012, where will you be: With Jill Stein as she protests with the Occupy Movement, demanding economic justice for all Americans, or with the other presidential candidates as they cozy up with their big corporate contributors?