OWS Celebrates Its Three Month Anniversary
Over the weekend – the Occupy Wall Street movement recognized its 3-month anniversary. Demonstrators attempted to “re-occupy” another park in New York City – but were prevented from doing so by a Church that owned the land. As expected – the NYPD arrested 50 patriots during the day of action.
But the movement lives on in other ways after three months – from people moving their money from big banks on Wall Street to local credit unions – to helping families facing foreclosure – to fighting against student loan debt – the 99% of us are still being represented all across America.
Let’s keep it up.
Instead of setting up tents and clashing with police the occupy movment can be instrumental in leading the way to engage concerned citizens in such projects as amending the Constitution to end corporations as people and money as speech. Occupiers could lead the way to form coalitions to fight to unseat Republicans (and Democrats) who continue to obstruct, filibuster, and vote against the majority in bill proposals. Isn't this what they are protesting agaisnt anyway?
p.s. My son Kyle Curtis was an intern for Thom a few years ago and often speaks about his experience!
Up here in the Northwest, the occupiers are everywhere progressives meet, taking a cram course in how to communicate with the powers in some other way than camping. My opinion of the ones I've seen is that they're bright, driven, and rightfully angry at the way their future is being stolen by the greedheads. They're everywhere meeting to make lists of what they want to achieve and communicating not just nationwide but worldwide to come up with a unified set of demands. God bless them. They are growing very, very fast and it's exciting for this old lady to watch.
There is sufficient national acrimony and inequities to fuel a whole series of Occupy-like moments, but there needs to be a distillation of the reasons for the 1%~99% disparities and how to resolve them. Some locales are still to scatter-shot in their "demands" to 1) make substantive headway on almost anything, and 2) to garner community support as they come of as being just a gaggle of malcontents. The reasons for the the 99% need to be made clear, and actions in resolusion need to be defined and focused and unified. Attend the town meetings of those who talk of Americanism, yet prop up the financial and power elites. Call them out. Show them for the hypocrites and corporate lackeys they are and then offer an option, a path, a way to keep their misdeeds in the spotlight. Like Thom says, "Tag; you're it."
I'd love to see some Occupy candidatesto knock the Tea Baggers out of office;
I also want to see an amendment repealing CItizens United;
I'd love to see the Supreme Court occupied, especially the activist conservative justices.
Do you know what the tea as in tea party stands for? Taxed enough already! I am sick and tired of these anarchists trying to get something for nothing. Get a job go to work take a bath go to church Lots thses anarchists could do thye are trying to MESS (F***) with my hard earned retirement What have they done? NUTHING!! anarachists look up the word if you don't know what it means
I'll be happy to contrib to a fund to send these bastards to North Korea to work in the fields!!!
Hey Tom pitched a tent yet???
OWS is one of the best political movements since The Sons of Liberty got things going during the late 1760's. However as Samuel Adams realized movement serenity is dangerous. Clever and potent acts of civil disobedience are needed....... "EVENTs", to keep things alive. Talk of a large march on Washington is a great focus.....but we need the modern day Samuel Adams and Dr. Warren types to help keep the action side stoked. The movement certainly has plenty of great thinkers!
Hopefully it will remain nonviolent I lived through Kent State not good.Through out the world we are seeing movements against injustice which will lead us all to some day to truly have peace on earth and good will to everyone on earth. Merry Christmas Tom you do a great service
You taught your son well He will change the world for the better
They can't stay out in streets and parks during winter. Haven't they got wealthy friends who have places to install containers? Or even apartments....
Anyway, I think the occupy movement needs home bases in houses.
Personally all this changed me as blogger and I consider this my occupier-development. I had been very dissatisfied and impatient with the stupidity of writing on ordinary Classic Hollywood topics. I considered my readers silly and I hated that. The occupy idea really helped me: I stayed in the 30s, but concentrated on 30s protest and intellectualism. And I connected this to the modern occupy suject. If I now review a 30s movie, I already had reviewed in 2010, the result is entirely different -- very political. I am very happy with this development.
I think it will continue on in various forms thanks to the Republicans' actions like stopping unemployment benefits unless the Pipeline is speeded up. This needs much publicity.
I think it is already morphing into several things--especially since they've been kicked out of parks. Their various, specific agendas will start to emerge--with the help of Republicans.