Why not Tent City protests?

Sep 18, 2011


Why not Wind Turbine Refugee camps?

Tent City, Madison, Wisconsin

Calvin Luther Martin, PhD

Bloomberg News yesterday reported a Tent City protest being launched on Wall Street.  “Protesters Converge on Lower Manhattan, Plan ‘Occupation.’

Why not similar Tent City protests in communities in America, Canada, Australia, and around the world where Wind Turbine Syndrome sufferers are being driven out of their homes, being driven to sleep in their basements, being driven to sleep in tents in their backyard, being driven to sleep in their cars or in hotels—or being driven to get no sleep at all?  Communities where wind turbine noise & vibration drive people to serious illness, including the contemplation of suicide.

Tent City, Kiev, Ukraine

I have long advocated civil disobedience as the most effective way to respond to wind developers and their government enablers and unscrupulous (often absentee) landowners who allow turbines on their land.  (Government enablers would be pretty much all governments on the face of the earth.)

President Woodrow Wilson
National Portrait Gallery painting

If the government is to tell Big Business men how to run their business, then, don’t you see that Big Business men have to get closer to the government even than they are now?

“Don’t you see that they must capture the government, in order not to be restrained too much by it?

“Must capture the government? They have already captured it.”

—Woodrow Wilson, 1913

Tent City, Madrid, Spain

I take my cue from Dr. Martin Luther King and Gandhi.  Mostly, though, I take my cue from Henry David Thoreau.  If you have never read his inspired, clear-minded essay, “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience,” you must.  It’s short.  Twenty-eight pages.  You can read it, um, on the toilet.

Tent City, Tel Aviv, Israel

Thoreau was a great writer, philosopher, poet, and withal a most practical man, that is, he taught nothing he was not prepared to practise in himself.  He went to gaol for the sake of his principles and suffering humanity.  His essay has, therefore, been sanctified by suffering.  Moreover, it is written for all time.  Its incisive logic is unanswerable.”

—Mohandas Gandhi

Here’s how.  Set up tents in front of the municipal buildings. Or in a prominent town square/park.

You will need banners, placards, bullhorn, and courage. Courage courage courage. You want to create a 24/7 magnet for the media. The more vociferous you are, the more ruckus you make, the greater the chance of attracting the Big Media. TV, for instance.

Have your own people out there with cameras and microphones and make this into a big story. All the websites affiliated with WTS.com, around the world, will run your stories. Your videos. Your reports. Your stories will appear in Germany, Poland, Scandinavia, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Australia, NZ, Canada, Japan—just about everywhere except the Moon.

Yes, of course the Big Media and local media will trash your Tent City. To hell with them! We have our own media! Contact Al-Jazeera and ask to have one of their reporters cover the Tent City—then we’ll get some honest, big time coverage.

You want to embarrass the b’jesus out of the municipal bureaucrats.  (Is it time to start referring to them as criminals—committing torture against their neighbors?)  Secondly, you want to bring WTS to the attention of the nation.

Cops will threaten you with arrest. Yes, you will have to get arrested. Then go back out there, once you’re released. And when it comes to a court appearance, you want a lot of theater there, too.  Drama.

Hell!  When you can’t sleep at night because of the damn turbines, grab your sleeping bag and tent and head over to Tent City, Your Town, USA.

Set up barbecues.  Have music.  Poetry readings.  Speeches.  Jugglers.  Acrobats.  Whatever.  Face painting for kids.  Balloons.  It’s called “street theater.”

It’s also called “civil disobedience.”

Above all, it’s called a “duty.”  This, dear reader, is Democracy.  Real Democracy (capital “D”).

  1. Comment by Preston McClanahan on 09/18/2011 at 5:59 pm

    Go to the People !

    Elected officials get their walking papers from their electorate. As we collar our representatives in office (who we put there and who curry our favor to stay there) to act on our pleas for sanity, why not take the debate to the public? The people eventually end up with the wrong end of the stick, due to political malpractice.

    The objectives of the wind industry are to pull off the most enormous boodoggle this country has ever seen, in a country whose traditions in scamming have been endemic, from snake oil sales to Ponzi schemes.
    Snake oil Obama

  2. Comment by Sarah Laurie, MD (Australia) on 09/18/2011 at 6:11 pm

    In Australia, one of the more successful acts of civil disobedience was the Aboriginal “tent Embassy” which became the symbol of the fight of indigenous people in Australia to be recognised, to be heard, and for changes to be made. It was established in the grounds of what is now the old government house of Australia, but then was the home of the Federal Government. There is still a presence there today.

    It took time, and the results were not instant, but it certainly significantly helped to raise the profile of the issues.

    It is something we have talked about in Australia, and those who have been driven out of their homes by turbines have certainly expressed interest in the idea from time to time. It needs a number of people committed to the idea to make it work. In the case of Falmouth, MA, it would not have to be a permanent presence necessarily, but it could be something which people do, together, on nights when it is predictably going to be bad. It also means that people have somewhere they can go, where others also understand what is happening to them,

    Given that so many of people have been affected in Falmouth, MA, is there somewhere central and very public where they might be able to do the same? For instance, establish a tent with placards etc. in full view of Falmouth’s public officials, in a very public place, as a reminder to them that some people are refugees from their own homes, being driven out by the audible and subaudible noise. They should make sure the placards explain that they have been driven out of their homes on nights when the wind is blowing from X direction, as that is when they get symptoms.
    turbines in storm
    At the very least it would raise the profile of the issues, and might do more than that. Much harder for them to dismiss people’s torment in such an arrogant and uncaring fashion.

  3. Comment by Sue Hobart (Falmouth, Mass.) on 09/18/2011 at 7:48 pm

    It will happen here soon … The wind is quite literally changing and the real pain will be coming … We are slammed but will catch our breath and get another round going again … Hope we won’t be alone …

  4. Comment by Esther Wrightman on 09/26/2011 at 12:38 pm

    I’ve had the exact same thought, or maybe conversation with others of like mind.
    A big banner that’s strung from tree to polical monument welcoming “Wind Turbine Refugees” to Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario.

    Hell, dig a fire pit, and put on the soup. Some have said that it isn’t legal, but aren’t we past that by now?

    I can see it as the only way to go if our provincial election doens’t pan out here. ONLY WAY.

    People better be ready to have a record, or live with turbines. It’s one or the other.

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