“I choose to be known as Mr.Z. Z is for Zucotti, the birthplace of the Occupy movement. I love the spirit of this movement and how they speak truth to power. I am proud to represent and fight for the nameless and faceless however I can. I have a lot of compassion for the poor, people that don’t have lobbyists. I jumped at the chance to help any way that I could, because I personally identify with the 99% and I am very passionate about the issue of income inequality and corporate greed during the worst economic times since the Great Depression.
I do this anonymously to protect my family from reprisals. I confused the local media that contacted me before the October 15th global protests when I told them we are a leaderless movement, that I’m not out for fame and my responsibility is to our members, not them. They wouldn’t quote me because of “corporate policy”. Whatever. I see myself as a middle-of-the-road American who cares about the future of this country and our planet.
I am a local white male. I have lived in Panama City ( an ultraconservative part of northwest Florida) for over 20 years. I am in my mid-30’s and I don’t think I’ve ever had a good paying job working in the local tourist-based economy. The 2010 BP oil spill didn’t help at all either. Right now I am unemployed with no car, have only an EBT card to my name, and I still owe close to $40,000 in student loans. I am scared for my future. I do this anonymously to protect my family from reprisals, because they struggle on little money themselves as well. From my point of view, we the 99% are all in this together, and we all have different roles to play. This is mine, so I try to do the best I can with what little I have.
I do NOT work for either the GOP or Democratic Party. I’m an independent, and I see myself as just an ordinary patriotic American who cares about our future. When I saw an Occupy Together group on meetup.com formed last October 8th, I knew it was time to help and this is what I was meant to do. ( http://www.meetup.com/occupytogether/Panama-City-FL/ )
I write a blog ( https://occupypanamacity.wordpress.com/ ) and run a Twitter feed ( http://twitter.com/#!/OccupyPC )but I do not speak for the group, despite what all the people sending me hate mail over the last several weeks believe. I’ve be called both a Nazi and a Communist, but to be honest I have never met anyone who was either. Stay strong occupiers, because this is just the beginning for us. I truly believe we can do great things together.”
Occupy Panama City