Friday, October 14, 2011

Occupy Charlotte: In Their Own Words: 'We need clean air, we need it now'

Posted By on Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 9:00 AM

As promised in an earlier post, CL will be bringing you over the next couple of weeks voices from the occupation of Charlotte — individual participants, in their own words, talking about why they joined the local Occupy movement.

"Tiger," who was born in Ecuador, has been at Occupy Charlotte's camp every night as of this writing. The first night she slept on the ground. By the fourth night, she had a tent and had organized a mini-march to the Duke Energy rate hike hearing which was being held one block away at the Government Center.

She says she's decided to become an occupier for several reasons: Health care concerns, corporate greed and unemployment. She's particularly concerned about Charlotte's air quality and says Duke Energy could do much more to make it better.

She spoke to us on the first night of the occupation: "Duke Energy has done so very little here in the Southeast to push towards clean energy. ... They're pushing towards three percent into renewables in the Southeast — here in Charlotte — by 2030. Three percent? Really? No. We need clean air, we need it now. There's people ... there's kids getting asthma. My friend said that she spoke at a class and half of the class raised their hand and said they have asthma."

Listen to Tiger, in her own words:

Further reading:
24 Hours with Occupy Charlotte
Occupy Charlotte: Working Out the Glitches
CMPD holds Occupy Charlotte press conference
Listen to voices from Wednesday's #OccupyUNCC
Who are the 99 percent?
Oct. 1: The birth of Occupy Charlotte

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