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.
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