For those of you who may have been living under a rock for the past two months…..this is a colossal deal happening right now. A lot of what you read will say that the occupiers are not making any demands; that no one understands what they want, but I am here to tell you that their demands ARE very clear: stop the outsourcing of America’s jobs, stop putting all this money into political parties, we do want a country controlled by big corporations any longer, and to give the American people a way to pay their bills!
Over the past few months states across the nation have taken to the streets and “occupying” in large groups to let the government and big business know that they are tired. They are tired of big business being more important than the average American.
The occupying of Wall St. in New York has been in the news a lot lately because of the way these protesters have been treated. Earlier this week the NYPD went into Manhattan and seriously violated these peoples’ right to assemble peacefully and their right to freedom of speech. They destroyed their personal belongings, physically assaulted demonstrators, and arrested around 100 people of the Occupy Wall St. movement.
There are a few issues that I have surrounding this movement, one being that I do not understand how the government thinks that it is okay to stomp and spit on an Americans civil rights! First off, compared to any other place in this country, they should know that New Yorkers aren’t having it! They are now saying that they came into Manhattan the way that they did because it is against the law for these people to assemble with tents…..HUH? I guess that is the best reason that they could come up with?
Another issue that I have with this is that in places in the South (say for instance, Montgomery, AL or even Birmingham) there is no occupy movement and most are not even aware of what is taking place around them. The day that this monstrous behavior took place in New York, I passed a restaurant that happened to be having its grand opening and the lines were out of the door and wrapped around the building. REALLY? So these people can assemble to eat at a new restaurant but not assemble to protect their rights and demand fair
treatment by their government?
Don’t get it twisted though, they did attempt to occupy in Birmingham, AL but not many people showed up and NOT ONE PERSON stayed overnight. I also found it very interesting that I went to my scheduled morning class and asked my professor what he thought about the occupy movement and he asked me what I was talking about.
This movement is huge and it bothers me a bit that some people and some American states are not seeing it for what it is: the country taking a stand and demanding change! These brave people are demanding the change that most of us have been praying for. THANK YOU OCCUPY WALL ST. AND OCCUPY EVERYTHING!