The Occupation

´╗┐RANCHO SANTA FE REVIEW, OCTOBER 27, 2011 – OCCUPY TAKES MESSAGE TO RANCHO SANTE FE

Four people stand next together. A woman, late twenties, a male college student, a well dressed matron and a wizened old man.

ALL OF THEM

Occupy Rancho Sante Fe! Occupy Rancho Sante Fe! Occupy Rancho Sante Fe!

PAUSE.

COLLEGE STUDENT

Not the best of turnouts.

FEMALE ACTIVIST

This is Rancho Sante Fe. It’s to be expected.

(Calling out)

We, the 99%, take action against the greed and corruption of the 1%! We will only grow stronger in our solidarity!

COLLEGE STUDENT

Attention must be paid!

ALL OF THEM

Attention must be paid!

ELDERLY MAN

To donuts!

FEMALE ACTIVIST

To donuts – wait – what?

ELDERLY MAN

Donuts. I’m here for the free donuts.

FEMALE ACTIVIST

We will not be serving donuts.

ELDERLY MAN

Oh.

A beat.

THE MATRON

Wall Street stole my mortgage!

FEMALE ACTIVIST

Yes! Tell them, citizen! Tell Rancho Sante Fe exactly how Wall Street stole your mortgage.

THE MATRON

Oh. Well, dear, not exactly mine. I’m afraid we don’t have a mortgage.

FEMALE ACTIVIST

You rent?

THE MATRON

No, dear, we own. It’s just that we paid cash for our home.

FEMALE ACTIVIST

And… where is your home?

THE MATRON

Oh, about a mile from here.

COLLEGE STUDENT

Party!

FEMALE ACTIVIST

Is it a… nice home?

THE MATRON

Very nice.

FEMALE ACTIVIST

You are… rich?

THE MATRON

I’m afraid so.

COLLEGE STUDENT

Keg Party!

FEMALE ACTIVIST

Quiet!

(To Matron)

Even though you represent everything we vilify and find reprehensible, we are glad you’re here. Now. Let’s all let Rancho Sante Fe know how we really feel.

(Calling)

Corporations are not people!

ALL OF THEM

Corporations are not people!

ELDERLY MAN

Corporations are not free coffee and donuts!

FEMALE ACTIVIST

Stop it! Just stop! We are here to end the monied corruption of our democracy. Not to occupy kegs, coffee and donuts!

COLLEGE STUDENT

Gee, I don’t know. I kind of, like, think the personal preference of what one wishes to occupy is at, like, the very heart of democracy?

THE MATRON

Land of the free, dear. Free to believe in what you will – even donuts.

FEMALE ACTIVIST

No. It is not – that – simple.

ELDERLY MAN

I occupied once.

FEMALE ACTIVIST

You did?

ELDERLY MAN

Fifty years ago. We tossed off the blinders and took to the streets. Carried flowers, gave the peace sign and in return got sprayed with high power hoses, beat with night sticks, shot and arrested. But we had a dream. We went to the mountain top. We saw the crooked places made straight. And now they aren’t again. Why?

(calling out)

Rancho Sante Fe! Is this who and what you are? Is this what you would have us become? One nation divided under money? I say no! No to not paying or playing fair. I say we are all brothers and a brother does not leave a brother behind! I go to the mountain again. I will make a difference again. I occupy America!

FEMALE ACTIVIST

Make a difference again!

COLLEGE STUDENT

Go to the mountain!

THE MATRON

No one left behind!

ALL OF THEM

Occupy America!

ELDERLY MAN

And coffee and donuts! For all!