When it comes to protesters getting their message across, what's more effective: chanting and shouting, or slightly awkward eye contact that's held "just a little too long"? That question may well be answered tonight, as Occupy Seattle has planned a Silent Flash March set to kick off at 6:30 p.m. at Westlake Park - an event commemorating the one-year anniversary of the start of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Those interested in participating in the flash march are encouraged to show up at Westlake Park at 6 p.m. with a dollar bill - which protesters will be taping over their mouths as part of their message. Starting at 6:30 p.m. the march will aim to fill the shopping areas of downtown. "Once there, we will be silently walking / flooding into several actual shopping centers & stores," event organizers state on the Occupy Seattle website. "We'll also be meeting up at certain times to regroup and hold brief 1/2 hour silent vigils.'
More from the Occupy Seattle website:
In keeping with the message of the dollars tapped over our mouths, a silent flash march means remaining as quiet as possible. Please no chanting, singing, talking, drums, etc. We make our point by making eye contact with as many of the people we pass as possible and holding it just a little too long. For that reason also, please do not bring signs to hold or flags to wave. If you're planning on entering shops, you might want to leave the Occupy labeled gear at home. It may tip off some businesses that have "banned" occupy gear and prevent you from moving freely.
Not only will our silence be a powerful statement, it will hopefully also be the key to our ability to enter those spaces that we might otherwise have to avoid.