Wednesday, October 5, 2011

#occupywallstreet

I think we can all acknowledge there are some things that are not right with the United States. Issues that get swept under the rug time and time again. I'm hoping most of you have heard of #occupywallstreet by now, a fascinating flash mob protest that has been growing in size the last 2 weeks down in Wall Street. In fact, it's spread across the country to many other cities holding their own protests. What's even more fascinating was the lack of press coverage the first week or so (and even now, give or take), and the alarmingly biased media coverage that depicts these Americans as lazy, bored college students, when in reality, people of all different backgrounds have been showing up to stand up against cooperate greed. These protest started September 17th.

I think the most important thing to do is read the Declaration of the Occupation of New York City, it's the official manifesto for the group's cause. If you weren't quite sure what the heck all of this was really about, clarify with that.

General information from the source:
AdBuster's Site on #OccupyWallStreet
OccupyWallStreet.org, official hub of major info
OccupyTogether, the unofficial hub for the nation-wide protests

This is the coverage I have acquired from friends on FaceBook and by following the #occupywallstreet hash tag and @OccupyWallSt account on Twitter. It's surreal to watch something like this unfold. I really think the reason this protest has been able to stay afloat is due to social media, especially during the media's attempt to smother the protest with silence.



We are the 99% Tumblr page, representing the hundreds of Americans suffering from the economy











I didn't mean to over saturate this post with these images, but there's just a lot of valid posts in the mix. Take a look through, you might find yourself in one of these stories....

"Something Has Started": Michael Moore on the Occupy Wall St. Protests That Could Spark a Movement video coverage from Democracy Now interviewing Michael Moore on his thoughts on the protests.

On Saturday, October 1st, about 700 protestors were arrested for what the media says was trying to block traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge. In the comments of that article and on Twitter, the story is police lead and trapped the protestors on the bridge before arresting everyone.



I particularly enjoy this video of unaired footage of a OWS protestor schooling a FOX New reporter.


The reason I posted all of this today is to help spread some awareness. Now, I realize that it's super hard to figure out what is true and false, but make sure your information isn't coming all from one source. I believe that these people are well intentioned, and if it was in my means to get out there and protest too, I might do it. However, I am one of the super lucky who is in school right now, and I think I owe it to make family, friends and fellow Americans to do my best every single day, in my schooling, in my art, so that I can come out hopefully standing on my feet. This is how I will help America, by continuing to help spread awareness about these protests, and do my best with the resources I do have.

We can do this if we try out best!



3 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting this! I'm close to the area and I have heard next to nothing about this! Your blog is the most I've seen so far so thank again for the info. I've had way too many shortcomings ever since I graduated so my heart goes out to all of these people - especially since I'm one of them too. I've been "hanging in there" for ten years believe it or not. I might be passing by the area tomorrow because I have something to do near there. If I see anything I will let you know :)

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  2. Go figure! In that case I'm super glad I took the time to put this together. I have students in my class who haven't heard of it yet. It had been going on for almost a week until a friend on FB posted about it, before I even heard about it!

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  3. I passed by and there was nobody there!! Maybe I was there too late in the day or maybe its because I heard it was moved to NJ today. I was a little disappointed. I really wanted to see history in the making with my own eyes. There wasn't even anyone in a sleeping bag. Its as if nothing was ever there.

    At least I can see the footage online :P

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