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Status of Occupy Wallstreet

12 Jan

I live in Brooklyn, NY and I was at Zicotti Park in October – before Mayor Bloomberg took action against the protests.  I just want to say that although I was not an active member of Occupy Wallstreet, I was pretty impressed with how well it was organized and how peaceful it was.  Yeah, there were a few loose cannons, but for the most part Zicotti Park was filled with peace activists trying to build a better world for our future.

I found it quite interesting that the media around the country reported it otherwise.  Riot gear?  Maybe Oakland’s protests got a little out of hand, but judging from New York’s, I highly doubt it.

Now that I have started blogging and checking out other’s opinions on their blogs, I recently have been made aware that most people who have not witnessed these protests first hand are under the impression that the media reports were accurate.  Well, why would anyone think otherwise?  Protests generally get violent.  But – these weren’t (at least not in Zicotti Park)

There were people of all races and flavors playing guitar and singing together.  There was an outdoor kitchen with seriously good food available to everybody there – that was run by volunteers.  There was a library – that’s right – a pretty elaborate library was being run by volunteers.  If you had any questions, there were many people that were there to answer them for you.  And…the media was right about one thing…the ONE driving motivation of these protests were not clear…because there were many different ones.

The general gist of Occupy Wallstreet is this – people who are busy working hard to make a living don’t realize how involved banks, foreign politicians, big corporations, domestic politicians with agendas….the list could go on…are with the quality of our lives.  The protesters of the Occupy Wallstreet movement wanted to make a difference for the majority – as opposed to the minority worrying about themselves only – because they can.

The minority, the millionaires and billionaires, CAN affect our lives because they have the money, the power and the connections to make anyone do what they want them to – and – if there is a way to make their own lives better, they will make sure that whatever it takes to do that, will happen

Let’s be real now.  Even in our own little bubbles we see it.  We see how the ones with a little more clout than us use it for their own benefit.   You may say that they earned that right.  Maybe the ones in our little bubbles earned that right – because you agree that they have earned it and, therefore, allow it…but I don’t agree that anyone earns the right to take advantage of anyone else – no matter how much money, power or connections that they have.   In my own little bubble I take that right away from these people by disconnecting from them.  They have no influence on me at all.  I don’t dislike them, they just don’t affect me.

On a bigger scale, like the government, our tax laws and regulations (etc..), it is a lot harder to disconnect from.  I believe so strongly in what I am saying that I have managed to disconnect (another post..), but the majority of our country cannot.  Most people have to work to make a living and abide by the rules of the system.  Most people have no choice because they don’t want to deal with possible consequences and/or they don’t have the energy to fight the system.

That was the underlying purpose and motivation of the Occupy Wallstreet movement.  They were working for us and we went ahead and took the media’s word for it that they were just crazy people with no agenda.

What is the status of the movement today?…It has crumbled.  There is no more movement because the government and the media made sure to tear it down.  And we let them.  My husband called it from the beginning.  I was convinced that this time the truth seekers would make a difference.

I guess the bottom line is we cannot do anything collectively – until we work out our issues individually.  When we figure out we want on an individual level, maybe it won’t be so easy for the media and the government to control our minds and our wills and, at that point, we can collectively make a difference.

Other posts you might like:

Inequality is not a Racial Issue – It is a Human Issue

Avoiding Controversy At All Costs

Peace is a Right of Every American Citizen

New Yorkers – You Are Being Taxed By the MTA

Democrats vs. Republicans – The Third World War

Greed…The Deadliest sin of Them All

Peace in the Midst of Terror

Why is Life Unfair?

Life is full of controversy so here is a thought to live by:
Why is life unfair?
Because there’s never going to be a system that is fair to everyone.
Shannon Miller
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2 responses to “Status of Occupy Wallstreet

  1. Eric

    May 8, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Ah, those “Occupiers”….. Lol.

    From an outsider perspective viewed as a case study:

    I felt like the movement was outside the doors of organizations, businesses, and governments. What change ever occurs with a petition from the outside? Does a gang leader, mafia leader, military leader, any leader ever change policy based upon outside non members? What person knocking on the door right now or ringing the apartment buzzer to where you live will have enough tangible influence to redecorate the living room, alter sleeping schedule, and adjust the diet that you have set up? Funny to think about it in such terms.

    Disclaimer: clearly there can be many minority exceptions of empirical evidence of the “smaller outside” group winning against the “larger insiders”.

    Recruiting those in the 1% to help them, instead of alienating them or isolating them, might have improved changes. Even recruiting others with more influence in the supposed 99% might have brought more success in the “goals”.

    I thought about moving to the park with them just to save on rent! Practical advantage. However, I did not and I was there that night they “scraped” the movement away in garbage trucks. Yikes!

    Now, I feel like the movement failed overall, but succeeded in making an appearance internationally and socially possibly burning through many “cultural racist stigmas”. A unified rallying point, as chanted by the real 1% percent?

    Now, it appears that many of them are only a few degrees from being the wandering nomadic beggar types with the classic accompanying dog. The joys of choosing how to express in this tour.

     
    • Peaceful Controversy

      May 8, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      I hear you….but, when there are two diametrically opposed points of view – and one has a much larger advantage due to resources and influence – it will never work in the favor of the weaker side. I am not trying to say that one side is more “right” than the other….but, to dismiss an entire point of view without empathy is not ok. It would be great if the movers and shakers were part of the movement, but that would indicate that there is a united front in class warfare – and, unfortunately, there is not, which is why there is even such a thing as class warfare. I am not sure that the “99ers” alienated the “1%ers”, I just think that it is impossible for the people who have had the opportunity to “succeed” to understand what it is like for a person who did not have the opportunity to “succeed” and can therefore have no empathy for them.
      My ultimate point in my entire blog is the reason I put the word “succeed” in quotes. Success is not measured by status, power and wealth. If it is, than a lot of us should throw in the towel right now because our motivation is not geared towards these assets. I agree with you that the movement failed and probably many of the protesters are homeless and that is why they were protesting in the first place….but we need to join forces with the underdogs in order to make a statement that “success” is not and should not be defined by what the “1%ers” have us believing it is. That should be the protest – not about the inequality of it all.
      You have actually made me think about something that I did not think about before……Maybe the mistake after all said and done was that the Occupiers were fighting for the wrong thing. Instead of fighting for “equality” or “fairness”, they should have been setting an example of what potential the deemed “unsuccessful” really have. They should have shown other “99%ers” that there is no need for money, power and status to be a great person.
      The protest should have been to turn the victims into the victors by showing everyone that there really are no victims – unless you agree to be one.
      I hope I made sense – I was kind of just typing out my thoughts.
      Thanks for the insight!

       

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