Saturday, October 8, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Huge March on Wednesday..

So I have been going down to Liberty park pretty often..went to Washington Square today for the General Assembly of Occupy Wall Street. Not sure how long the cops are going to let this go on..Bloomberg seems scared all the people will just be camping in the streets if they get kicked out of the park. I'm enjoying being a part of this loose yet good spirited rise up against shit this is just pissing people off in this country. Their demands may not be met but it's nice to see people taking action and doing SOMETHING about what they see as injustices against the lower class which used to be the middle class i suppose..the 99% versus the 1%? We will see where this all has spread to at least a dozen other cities now. Here are some pics and videos from the October 5th March which included transit workers, unions and nurses and more..No, it is not just "rich white kids who don't work" down there at all. It is picking up steam. The arguments on facebook about this are insane and some are vicious. People are taking sides and losing friends over arguing over this movement.

1 comment:

  1. For years now, I've thought that protesting in the streets (an idea I was involved in during my formative years in the '60's) was an idea that had become anachronistic, so to speak, that each "side" had become so well organized in implementing public events and spinning perceptions of outcomes that it had become an exercise, an appeasement, of sorts, to unrest. I thought that directly petitioning/influencing our elected officials was a better way to make voices heard. But, while letters to/emails to/phone calls to/voting for elected officials are important components of participation in making voices heard, a true protest, a true grass roots protest, I believe, can greatly affect change...Anyways, I'm feeling optimistic in seeing this go on (what is it, nearing a month now? Maybe not that long.) This feels very much like the early protests over our involvement in Viet Nam. It also shows the difference between a real grass roots protest erupting and a backed-by-billionaires, staged, astroturf protest. It doesn't even matter that the demands of the protesters are not well formulated or articulated yet. Just the fact that there has been so much country-wide participation indicates something may be brewing that might just prompt some good socio-economic changes, if it lasts and more people become involved. I see this as an incipient event; and, if the overall collective need for protesting grows and keeps momentum, through till, say, next summer (typically when protests really start to percolate) then we will see some changes giving some power back to average citizens. I still have a lot of hope, anyway!

    P.S.-I'm glad there is some push back toward the neocon spin that the protesters are all just a bunch of lazy, unemployed white twenty-something kids...I can remember when, during the early Vietnam War protests, conservatives were saying the protesters were just a bunch of long-haired, pot smoking, college dropouts, blah, blah, blah...